Carl Jung: a character of complexes

Carl Jung, the brilliant kaleidoscopic mind of psychoanalysis, died 50 years ago next week and The Guardian have the first part of a new series exploring his life and work.

In the history of psychology, Jung lives as a intense sunburst of experiences and ideas.

Sometimes the rays are so bright it’s hard to distinguish which are inspiration, which are psychosis, and which are a shining fusion of the two.

His life was equally as intriguing as his ideas and no less subject to both his brilliance and baffling self-indulgence.

He remains one of the most compelling figures in psychology this new series aims to capture some of his colourful life.

Link to ‘Carl Jung, part 1: Taking inner life seriously’.


  1. Posted June 3, 2011 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    This is the best article I’ve read about Carl Jung:

    Here’s an excerpt:


    “Jung was a preternaturally unclear writer and thinker: he would never say anything clearly when obfuscation would do. Whether this was from lack of talent or an unconscious appreciation that clarity led to the possibility of contradiction and even refutation, no one can say…

    To read Jung is to enter a world more of connotation than of denotation, of meanings hinted at rather than expressed forthrightly. To extract a definite opinion from Jung is like trying to catch an eel with soapy hands, or trap steam with a butterfly net. His esoteric erudition is formidable: it is difficult to refute a man who will not say what he means, but backs whatever he means up with a plethora of references to fourteenth-century texts.


    • Posted June 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Meh. I still like him better than the Freud the coke-fiend and Eric ImsoneuroticInamedmyselfsonofmyselfandtriedtohidemydisabledchildfromtheworld Erickson.

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