May 1964

Memories, Dreams, and Reflections.

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By C. G. Jung. Recorded and edited by Amela Jaffe. Price, $7.50. Pr 398, with 16 illustrations. Pantheon Books, Random House, New York City, 1963. In 1957 Amela Jaffe collaborated with Dr.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):788. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110168046

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Jung in the writing of his autobiography. Perhaps one should substitute the word myth for biography as his life was analogous to the fabulous voyages taken by the demigods of the ancient world. At times one is carried away by his vivid dreams and visions (hallucinatory phenomena?). Like Odysseus, he traveled to many lands searching for the inner reality. In his own poetical manner he describes how he evolved his psychological system from moments of truth when he was confronted with the wellspring of his unconscious.

The volume is a rich mosaic of dreams, fantasies, myths, and parapsychological data. A few comments are made about his father, which provide the reader with clues about his marked ambivalence towards Freud. His attitude towards his mother is dismissed in a few lines and accounts for his feelings that women are untrustworthy, an attitude he feels he "corrected" when he became an adult.

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