July 12, 1965

The 'I' and the 'Not-I': A Study in the Development of Consciousness

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By M. Esther Harding. Bollingen Series LXXIX. 244 pp, with illus. $4.50. Pantheon Books, Division of Random House, 22 E 51st St, New York 10022, 1965

JAMA. 1965;193(2):172. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090020086041

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Although the late C. G. Jung is generally regarded (except by orthodox Freudians) as an important contributor to an understanding of the mind, he has relatively few disciples. Perhaps the difficulty of understanding his writing is one reason for the relative neglect of his work. Therefore, a clearly written interpretation of some of his ideas would be welcome. Dr. Harding, who studied with him in 1922 and since then has practiced "analytical psychology" (the Jungian variety of psychotherapy), here attempts to provide such a contribution, based on a series of lectures to educators and clergymen. The book, intended for lay readers as well as physicians, does not presuppose much knowledge of psychiatry but does demand intelligence and attention of the reader, since it is by no means popularly written.

The first chapter attempts to define consciousness and the remainder of the book deals with the development and the role of

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