Wolfgang’s Weekly

18 May 2022

Jung is skeptical, too, with regard to the therapeutic efficacy of psychoanalysis. He considers the Freudian approach as being entirely too negative. “Everything about it is oriented backwards,” he tells us. “Freud’s only interest is where things come from, never where they are going.” Clearly, Jung does not share the Freudian faith that a regressive explanation of the patient’s affliction is in itself sufficient to set things right. He freely admits that Freud has “discovered all the filth of which human nature is capable,” but doubts he was able to cure souls.

—Excerpt from Cosmos & Transcendence