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Vincent, C. (2001). HAUKE, CHRISTOPHER. Jung and the Postmodern. The Interpretation of Realities. London: Routledge, 2000. Pp. xvi + 304. Hbk. £45.00; Pbk. £17.99.. J. Anal. Psychol., 46(3):538-540.

(2001). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 46(3):538-540

HAUKE, CHRISTOPHER. Jung and the Postmodern. The Interpretation of Realities. London: Routledge, 2000. Pp. xvi + 304. Hbk. £45.00; Pbk. £17.99.

Review by:
Christopher Vincent

I found this a challenging, difficult and rewarding book. Let me come clean. My background and outlook, which I suspect are shared by many psychotherapists, are imbued with modern, as opposed to postmodern, values. My undergraduate learning reified the Enlightenment values of rational thinking and of a belief in hard headed empiricism. I cut my analytic teeth on Locke, Berkeley and Hume. My training as a social worker and, later, as a psychotherapist, profoundly altered this belief in an objective world ‘out there’. A career commitment to work with troubled couples has left me in no doubt about how both partners' different perspectives and realities - their plural psyches - shape and reflect the nature of their presenting problems. In recognizing multiple realities and the importance of inter-subjectivity I am being post-modern. However, I retain my modernist roots through identification with the traditions of the Independents within British Object Relations Theory and a belief that evidence-based practice is a ‘good thing’.

Reading this book served to shake my modernist convictions. In the process of pursuing a debate in my mind with the author I learned much that was new. For example, one problem for the clinician reading postmodern theory is in understanding an unfamiliar discourse which crosses many disciplines - fine art, architecture, sociology, philosophy to name a few. Hauke does a great service to the reader who is either new to the field or has struggled to understand arcane texts by summarizing some major thinkers in relatively clear and succinct terms.

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