Freud Versus Jung: A Bitter Feud Over the Meaning of Sex

This relationship was examined in a somewhat silly but quite entertaining film called, “A Dangerous Method” where Keira Knightley plays Sabina Nikolayevna Spielrein. Reading about her at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabina_Spielrein-I think she deserves her own film as one of the first women psychoanalysts. J.A.C.Brown in “Freud and the Post-Freudians” (1979) is very good on this topic. An interesting posting- many thanks.

Feral Philosophy

On 27 February 1907, at Berggasse 19 in Vienna, Sigmund Freud fell in love. The object of his affection was Carl Gustav Jung: 19 years younger than Freud, the young psychiatrist was already the clinical director of the prestigious Burghölzli Hospital and a professor at the University of Zurich. Jung had gained international recognition for his invention of the word-association test, and his practice was renowned for its gentle incisiveness. But when Jung read Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), he was startled by Freud’s theory, and decided to go to talk with the man himself. And talk they did: for 13 hours, they plumbed the depths of the unconscious, the methods of psychoanalysis, and the analysis of dreams.

Freud was hugely impressed by Jung’s intellect, but his desire to sweep Jung into the psychoanalytic world was also politically motivated. As an intellectual movement, early psychoanalysis resembled a political party…

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