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August 31, 1963

Psychic energy; its source and its transformation

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By M. Esther Harding. 2nd ed. Bollingen Series X. 497 p. $6. Bollingen Foundation, 140 E 62nd St, New York 21, distributed by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, 457 Madison Ave, New York 22, 1963

JAMA. 1963;185(9):735. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060090067037

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This presentation of Jungian psychology first appeared in 1947 and now has been reissued with several changes and additions. The typography has been altered, the bibliography extended to include the more recent works of C. G. Jung that have appeared in English translation, and a more detailed index prepared. However, the content of the work remains essentially the same.

Jungian psychology is a strange yet fascinating amalgam of philosophy, psychopathology, mythology, oriental religion, symbolism, and alchemy. Dr. Harding is able to synthesize a number of Jung's ideas without falling into her teacher's patterns of abstruse scholarship and obscurantism. However, many of these concepts continue to be vague and difficult to formulate in a more meaningful and scientific language. For example, the meaning of psychic energy itself is never really clarified, and one must admit that this remains a confusing concept as stated in Freudian and Jungian hypotheses. Certainly there is

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