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In 1915, C. G. Jung and his psychiatrist colleague, Hans Schmid-Guisan, began a correspondence through which they hoped to understand and codify fundamental individual differences of attention and consciousness. Their ambitious dialogue, focused on the opposition of extraversion and introversion, demonstrated the difficulty of reaching a shared awareness of differences even as it introduced concepts that would eventually enable Jung to create his landmark 1921 statement of the theory of psychological types. That theory, the basis of the widely used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other similar personality assessment tools, continues to inform not only personality psychology but also such diverse fields as marriage and career counseling and human resource management.
This correspondence, available in English for the first time, reveals Jung fielding keen theoretical challenges from one of his most sensitive and perceptive colleagues. The new introduction by Jungian analyst John Beebe and psychologist and historian Ernst Falzeder clarifies the evolution of crucial concepts, while helpful annotations shed light on the allusions and arguments in the letters. This volume will provide a useful historical grounding for all those who work with, or are interested in, Jungian psychology and psychological typology.
About 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.
Table of Contents
Illustration of First Page of 7 J, 4 September 1915 viii
Illustration of First Page of 12 S, 17/18 December 1915 ix
John Beebe and Ernst Falzeder
Translator's Note 33
- 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
- Summary of Jung's First Three Letters 159
- Jung's Obituary of Hans Schmid - Guisan 169