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The Aryan Christ : the secret life of Carl Jung /
Richard Noll.
1st ed.
New York : Random House, c1997.
xvi, 334 p., [16] p. of plates :$bill., facsims., ports. ; 25 cm.
0679449450 (alk. paper)
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New York : Random House, c1997.
0679449450 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1997-06-16:
According to Noll (The Jung Cult), one of the most potent concepts of 20th-century psychology‘the collective unconscious‘exists "only on the shelves of Jung's personal library." Only Freud has been more influential in psychology, and now both have been exposed as more imaginative than scientific in promoting what was psychoanalysis to one and analytical psychology to the other. Both effected what many accepted as cures. "Patients became apostles," Noll charges. "Analysis became initiation." And to the charismatic Jung, who turned away from what he derided as Freud's Jewish psychology to a mystical Germanic neo-paganism that involved trance states, occultism and pre-Christian sun worship, "Cures became secondary to conversions." In his professional talks and publications, Noll contends, Jung (1875-1961) employed pseudoscientific terms to conceal the fact that he was offering his initiates a half-baked post-Christian religion with himself as its Christ. Those who find that Jungian prescriptions work for them will be reluctant to concede that the Swiss master was "a hierophant who presided over his own mysteries." But Noll, a clinical psychologist and historian of science, has marshaled persuasive documents to suggest that one of the shapers of 20th-century thought was a charlatan. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Sept.) FYI: For another take on Jung, see Frank McLynn's Carl Gustav Jung, published by St. Martin's/Dunne, reviewed in Forecasts June 2.
Appeared in Choice on 1998-04-01:
Noll has evidently learned that either deifying Jung through a hagiography or vilifying him through an aisulography (a biography that makes a person appear unseemly, evil, or godless) sells books. Through innuendo, exaggeration, and hyperbole, Noll argues, e.g., that no one in the past 2,000 years has done more than Carl Jung (except the pagan Roman emperor Julian the Apostate, 4th century CE) to undermine the foundations of Judeo-Christian religion). Noll repeatedly (as if fighting the truth) claims that he is trying to provide the "missing chapters" to Jung's life by noting Jung's psychotic and unstable periods, by insinuating that Jung had sex with his patients, and by making the claim that Jung was sympathetic to Nazi philosophies. As an example of Noll's idea of a balanced presentation, he states near the book's end, "Whether one regards Jung as an anti-Semite, a Nazi, a Nazi sympathizer, or any combination thereof ...." Critiques of Jungian thought are not unique (e.g., Edward Glover's Freud or Jung, 1950); Don McGowan's What Is Wrong with Jung, CH, Jul'94), but Noll's aisulography of Jung is nothing more than an egregious attempt to sell books through argumentum ad hominem. Not for academic audiences. F. L. Coolidge University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-05-15:
A revisionist biography by Noll, who has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
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Library Journal, May 1997
Kirkus Reviews, June 1997
Publishers Weekly, June 1997
Booklist, August 1997
Choice, April 1998
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