Monday, August 17, 2009

Freud and Jung, father and son

This is one of these shots, beloved of photographers, where some found articles are arranged for an impromptu photograph. The sun was shining through the window and books and case were close to each other as were Jung and Freud, despite the argumentation and the falling out. Certainly, no Freud, no Jung - as the latter readily admitted. Devoted followers of Jung are often fascinated by the more esoteric of his works and yet he was the hardest-headed clinician you could hope to meet. His work on schizophrenia (or dementia praecox as it was then) is first rate. Jung knew that he deviated from Freud's theories but felt it was development rather than "heresy". He was the son, to Freud's father. But in the transference, the "patient" can project the father-figure onto the analyst in either a hostile or affectionate way. If the patient wants autonomy then both of these attitudes, regarded by Freud as infantile, have to be destroyed. It follows, says Jung, that if we train people to consistently bow down to authority (the father) then they will become sick. Jung's experience suggests that people must throw off obedience to the father and develop their own personality.