Notebooks

## Jung

19 Aug 1995 15:31

As far as I can see, a crank, maybe even a kook. Why so influential?

Recommended:
• Glover, Freud or Jung [Well, sort of a recommendation. Glover is a deeply-dyed Freudian, and is at some pains to flaunt his colors; but just divide through for that. The chapter on Jung's politics, in particular, repays attention.]
• Don McGowan, What Is Wrong with Jung? [Pedestrian writing; does try to be fair and sort out the useful bits from the trash; does not explore sources or influence in any detail. Occasional inaccuracies about thermodynamics, which are inconsequential. Overall, damning if dull.]
• Noll, The Jung Cult [Yet more on Jung's sources (crankish and/or nonsensical, and uniformly reactionary), doctrines (ditto), followers (the most charitable description is easily led'') and methods (bankrupt), including just what you have to pay to become completely individuated'' (cf. clear'' in Scientology, which at least has a more vivid mythology). This is simply appalling: and the complete text where he announces his deification is absolutely unbelievable. (Yes, deification.)]