Jung describes one of his
patients who masturbated in front of him, while making a
boring movement with the other forefinger against her left
temple. This, says Jung, is the movement primitive man made
when he made fire -- twirling a stick against another piece
of wood. The girl is demonstrating the transformation of one
form of libido into another: sexual energy into fire-making.
But since the girl was already masturbating with the other
hand, it is hard to see why she needed to transform one into
another. Freud would probably have said that the significant
point was that she was boring the finger against her temple,
and that woman regards her vagina as a temple: so, in fact,
she was masturbating with both hands.
teenage girl of good family had fallen into a state of
schizophrenia, refusing even to speak. When Jung finally
coaxed her into speaking, he discovered that she lived
constantly in a fantasy that she was on the moon. It was her
task to protect the moon people from a vampire covered in
feathers; but when she tried to attack the vampire, he threw
off the feathers and revealed himself as a handsome man with
whom she fell in love ...
Jung discovered that the girl had been
seduced by her brother at the age of fifteen, and had later
been sexually assaulted by a schoolmate -- presumably a
lesbian. His own explanation was that incest has always been
a royal prerogative, and the girl's collective unconscious
knew this. So she retreated to the moon -- 'the mythic
realm' -- and became alienated from the real world.
1956, his publisher Kurt Wolff persuaded him to work on his
autobiography, and he began -- in collaboration with Aniela
Jaffe -- in 1957, in his eighty-second year. He had always
been curiously reticent about his private life, perhaps
anxious that not too much should be known about his
relations with women....it also made clear something he had
so far been determined to keep hidden: that the scientific
psychologist was a public image and, to some extent, a
deliberate deception. For many readers, it was almost as
startling as discovering, let us say, that an eminent
moralist and family man was actually a homosexual or
Neurosis is a damaged will to live. Psychosis
is the mind's attempt to compensate for the damaged will to
live by providing an 'alternative reality'.
The method -- of lying totally relaxed, but in a state of
wide-awake vigilance -- could be regarded as the simplest
and most effective of all mental therapies.