Cult Fictions: C. G. Jung and the Founding of Analytical Psychology

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As the inspection of Freud's legacy leads scholars to examine seriously his persona, so has analytical psychology come under scrutiny in a whirl of controversy over the character of its founder, C.G. Jung. In Cult Fictions, leading Jungian scholar Sonu Shamdasani

presents the history of the movement's founding, from Jung's establishment of The Psychological Club in Zurich in 1916 to the later reformulations of his approach. Shamdasani relates the disputes over the legitimacy of Jungian analysis to current concerns about the institutionalization

of psychotherapy as a science, its impact on popular and academic views of self and society, and the widespread panic concerning cults that has led Jung to be regarded by some as a figure analogous to David Koresh or Jim Jones. Cult Fictions presents a sober, accurate and

revealing account of the history of the Jungian movement and an agenda for the evaluation of analytical psychology today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415186131
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 132
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sonu Shamdasani is an historian of psychology, and currently a research fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London. He is the editor of several books, including Jung's seminar The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga.
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Table of Contents

1 Cult and association 1
2 A case of mistaken identity? 13
3 'The experiment must be made' 18
4 The tribunal 28
5 The Imitation of Christ 49
6 A text in search of an author 56
7 Sister Maria 66
8 The cult that never was 76
Appendix 1 85
Appendix 2 'The relation between the Zurich School and the Club' 90
Appendix 3 Of scholarship 106
Bibliography 113
Index 118
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