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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Carl Jung: From what psychic stratum do the immensely impressive ideas found in schizophrenia originate?




To Manfred Bleuler

Dear Colleague, 19 August 1950

Your kind letter with wishes for my birthday came as a surprise and joy.

I was very touched to receive such a cordial message from my old place of work, where everything that happened afterwards had its beginning.

All the more so as I have never had the pleasure of meeting you in your later years. I remember you only as a small boy at a time which for me lies in the far-off past.

All the more vivid in my memory are the impressions and the encouragement I received from your father, to whom I shall always be grateful.

Not only am I deeply indebted to psychiatry, but I have always remained close to it inwardly, since from the very beginning one general problem engrossed me: From what psychic stratum do the immensely impressive ideas found in schizophrenia originate?

The questions that resulted have seemingly removed me far from clinical psychiatry and have led me to wander all through the world.

On these adventurous journeys I discovered many things I never yet dreamt of in Burgholzli, but the rigorous mode of observation I learnt there has accompanied me everywhere and helped me to grasp the alien psyche objectively.

While thanking you for your cordial message I would also like to ask you to convey my gratitude to all those who were kind enough to sign your letter.

With collegial regards,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Pages 562-563

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