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Bray, C.H. (2020). Healy, Nan Savage. Toni Wolff & C.G. Jung: A Collaboration. Los Angles: Tiberius. 2017. Pp. xi + 402. Pbk. n.p.. J. Anal. Psychol., 65(1):235-238.
(2020). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 65(1):235-238
Healy, Nan Savage. Toni Wolff & C.G. Jung: A Collaboration. Los Angles: Tiberius. 2017. Pp. xi + 402. Pbk. n.p.
Review by: Carolyn H. Bray
Who's Afraid of Toni Wolff?
Nan Savage Healy's comprehensive description of the personal and professional relationship between Toni Wolff and Carl Gustav Jung in Toni Wolff & C.G. Jung: A Collaboration frequently reads like an artfully penned, intriguing novel with psychological and historical themes. However, Healy's well researched story is based on the real lives of two prominent figures in the world of psychology at the turn of the 20th century. Healy guides a reader into C.G. Jung's inner circle and more specifically, into his unusual relationship with analysand, colleague, and ‘second wife’, Toni Wolff (Healy, 98). According to Healy, ‘… Jung determined that Toni Wolff could not be treated as a common mistress or simply as the other woman in his life…. Jung determined that their relationship was to be considered a second marriage…’ (96). This unique identifier was not Healy's word choice; she uses the words of two analysts who personally witnessed this relationship.
Healy quotes James Kirsch, ‘This relationship with Toni Wolff was not an affair; it was another wife.’ (98). Joseph Henderson notes, ‘In Toni Wolff and Emma, Jung “found two wives”.’ (98). Not merely revealing a hidden secret, Healy engages a reader in the intense complexity of their relationship during a significant time in the development of Analytical Psychology.
An augmented edition of Healy's Toni Wolff & C.G. Jung: A Collaboration was published in 2018, and I found it to be an enrichment of the first. I found no changes to the text, but a few black and white images have been removed. The addition of color images, improved paper quality, and a new enticing book cover strengthens its presence and enhances the book's importance, possibly a well-deserved gesture noting Wolff's significance as well as Healy's contribution.
Healy writes that she hoped ‘a competent Jungian would write a comprehensive book about Wolff's critical collaboration with Jung, as she was simply too significant a figure to go unnoticed’ (xi).
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