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Hobdell, R. (1983). Taylor, C. (New York). ‘Sexual intimacy between patient and analyst’. Quadrant, 15, no. 1, pp. 47-54 (1982).. J. Anal. Psychol., 28(3):277.

(1983). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 28(3):277

Taylor, C. (New York). ‘Sexual intimacy between patient and analyst’. Quadrant, 15, no. 1, pp. 47-54 (1982).

Review by:
Roger Hobdell

Edited by:
Andrew Samuels

Charles Taylor, a New York Jungian, writes sympathetically and convincingly of the injuries done to patients (usually female) by sexual intimacy with their analyst. He explains that the archetypal transference positions of the analyst cannot lead to anything but an unequal situation, no matter that the sexual involvement is often a competition for power. The male analyst incarnates the father, but the author points out that, although incest is a genuine instinct, it is only if it is not actualised in the flesh that it can be put to use for the spirit. Because of our interest in the mysterium coniunctionis, the Jungian analyst may be particularly confused.

In mythical and archetypal terms, Charles Taylor emphasises that behind an apparent patriarchal supremacy lies the Great Goddess. It is no excuse, he says, to idealise, or identify with, Jung's deep involvement with Toni Wolff. We do not know all his conflicts nor all he suffered on that score, but he did treat her with responsibility and acknowledged her equality as person and colleague. I would like to have seen Taylor's assessment of the place of the Trickster in understanding the analyst's rôle for, ultimately, as he says, the analyst must remain the true father who says of a few issues, ‘No, you don't do that’.

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