The Question of Psychological Types: The Correspondence of C. G. Jung and Hans Schmid-Guisan, 1915-1916

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"For nearly a century, analytical psychologists have been using Jung's typology without knowing precisely how it came into being. Reading this correspondence one finds oneself eavesdropping on the process of formulation. It is as if one can hear Jung thinking aloud as he develops seminal concepts--extraversion and introversion, the use of thinking and feeling, sensation and intuition--as superior and inferior, conscious and unconscious functions. In this beautifully edited publication, Beebe and Falzeder have made a valuable contribution to

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Overview

"For nearly a century, analytical psychologists have been using Jung's typology without knowing precisely how it came into being. Reading this correspondence one finds oneself eavesdropping on the process of formulation. It is as if one can hear Jung thinking aloud as he develops seminal concepts--extraversion and introversion, the use of thinking and feeling, sensation and intuition--as superior and inferior, conscious and unconscious functions. In this beautifully edited publication, Beebe and Falzeder have made a valuable contribution to Jungian studies."--Anthony Stevens, author of Jung: A Very Short Introduction

"This correspondence between Jung and Schmid-Guisan permits us a lively aperture into the birth and formation of a psychological theory which has enormous implications for understanding human conflict. Each man, seeking the truth of typology, argues from his own psychological bias, critiques the other, and still remains trapped within his subjective limits. Yet from their cordial but nearly fractious contretemps emerges a more evolved explanation of the epistemological frame through which we all construe our world."--James Hollis, vice president emeritus, Philemon Foundation

"Jung's most important contribution to psychology is his typology based on the ideas of introversion and extraversion. These letters constitute a stunning look into the development of this major conceptual scheme in the history of psychology."--John Burnham, Ohio State University

"This collection of letters is important precisely because they were preparatory to Jung's later work. The letters show his process of thinking and are informed, literate, and expressive. The book''s editors know their subject well and their scholarship is sound."--Geoffrey Cocks, Albion College

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Editorial Reviews

Celebrity Types
The Question of Psychological Types is a welcome addition to anyone who would seek to understand the framework of psychological types better in its philosophical and historical context. The publishers have done a good job of putting the book into a good, clean format and have equipped the text with a generous, even lavish, amount of footnotes. Readers who will want to know more about the practical application of typology and the types will not find much to interest them here, but to readers who want to be acquainted with the historical process that spawned Psychological Types, this volume is quite simply a mandatory read.
Choice
Beebe and Falzeder provide a fascinating, scientifically important look into the development of Jung's seminal work on psychological types. Unlike works that stress how one can understand the typology and the implications of being a 'certain type,' this volume illuminates the early development, discussion, and refinement of the ideas. . . . A must-read for scholars and enthusiasts of Jung and an excellent 'reader' for understanding the scientific enterprise prior to the development print and online journals and formal review procedures.
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"The English text is a pleasure to read, with plenty of clarifying notes. Readers will enjoy the informality of the exchange, its intellectual depth, and the humanity of Jung and Schmid-Guisan. This important addition to the history of modern psychology will engage and inform interested nonspecialists."--E. James Lieberman, Library Journal

"The Question of Psychological Types is a welcome addition to anyone who would seek to understand the framework of psychological types better in its philosophical and historical context. The publishers have done a good job of putting the book into a good, clean format and have equipped the text with a generous, even lavish, amount of footnotes. Readers who will want to know more about the practical application of typology and the types will not find much to interest them here, but to readers who want to be acquainted with the historical process that spawned Psychological Types, this volume is quite simply a mandatory read."--Celebrity Types

"Beebe and Falzeder provide a fascinating, scientifically important look into the development of Jung's seminal work on psychological types. Unlike works that stress how one can understand the typology and the implications of being a 'certain type,' this volume illuminates the early development, discussion, and refinement of the ideas. . . . A must-read for scholars and enthusiasts of Jung and an excellent 'reader' for understanding the scientific enterprise prior to the development print and online journals and formal review procedures."--Choice

Library Journal
Swiss psychiatrists Jung and Schmid-Guisan exchanged letters on the psychology of introverts and extraverts (not "extroverts"). Thirteen of these letters make up the main text and anticipate Jung's important book Psychological Types (1921), which led to such staples in psychology as the Meyers-Briggs test. They discuss feeling versus intellect, Sigmund Freud (Jung's mentor until 1914), and the psychotherapist Alfred Adler, as well as such thinkers as Plato, Goethe, William James, Henri Bergson, and Lao Tzu. VERDICT The English text is a pleasure to read, with plenty of clarifying notes. Readers will enjoy the informality of the exchange, its intellectual depth, and the humanity of Jung and Schmid-Guisan. This important addition to the history of modern psychology will engage and inform interested nonspecialists. For collections in psychology, 20th-century history, and large general libraries.—E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691155616
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/2012
  • Series: Philemon Foundation Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,436,410
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


John Beebe is the author of "Integrity in Depth" and of many articles on psychological types. Past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, he founded "The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal" (now called "Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche"). Ernst Falzeder is lecturer at the University of Innsbruck and senior editor at the Philemon Foundation. He is the editor of "The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham" and the English translator of Jung's seminar, "Children's Dreams" (Princeton), among other books.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii
Illustration of First Page of 7 J, 4 September 1915 viii
Illustration of First Page of 12 S, 17/18 December 1915 ix

Introduction 1
John Beebe and Ernst Falzeder

Translator's Note 33

CORRESPONDENCE

  • 1 J (4 June 1915) 39
  • 2 S (24 June 1915) 48
  • 3 J (undated) 55
  • 4 S (6 July 1915) 63
  • 5 J (undated) 74
  • 6 S (29 August 1915) 87
  • 7 J (4 September 1915) 100
  • 8 S (28 September 1915) 115
  • 9 J (6 November 1915) 131
  • 10 S (1-7 December 1915) 143
  • 11 S (11-14 December 1915) 148
  • 12 S (17-18 December 1915) 152
  • 13 S (6 January 1916) 155

APPENDIX

  • Summary of Jung's First Three Letters 159
  • Jung's Obituary of Hans Schmid - Guisan 169

Bibliography 171
Index 179

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