Labyrinths: Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl, and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis

Labyrinths Emma Jung Her Marriage to Carl and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis A sensational eye opening account of Emma Jung s complex marriage to Carl Gustav Jung and the hitherto unknown role she played in the early years of the psychoanalytic movement Clever and ambitious

  • Title: Labyrinths: Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl, and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis
  • Author: Catrine Clay
  • ISBN: 9780062245120
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A sensational, eye opening account of Emma Jung s complex marriage to Carl Gustav Jung and the hitherto unknown role she played in the early years of the psychoanalytic movement.Clever and ambitious, Emma Jung yearned to study the natural sciences at the University of Zurich But the strict rules of proper Swiss society at the beginning of the twentieth century dictated t A sensational, eye opening account of Emma Jung s complex marriage to Carl Gustav Jung and the hitherto unknown role she played in the early years of the psychoanalytic movement.Clever and ambitious, Emma Jung yearned to study the natural sciences at the University of Zurich But the strict rules of proper Swiss society at the beginning of the twentieth century dictated that a woman of Emma s stature one of the richest heiresses in Switzerland travel to Paris to finish her education, to prepare for marriage to a suitable man.Engaged to the son of one of her father s wealthy business colleagues, Emma s conventional and predictable life was upended when she met Carl Jung The son of a penniless pastor working as an assistant physician in an insane asylum, Jung dazzled Emma with his intelligence, confidence, and good looks More important, he offered her freedom from the confines of a traditional haute bourgeois life But Emma did not know that Jung s charisma masked a dark interior fostered by a strange, isolated childhood and the sexual abuse he d suffered as a boy as well as a compulsive philandering that would threaten their marriage.Using letters, family interviews, and rich, never before published archival material, Catrine Clay illuminates the Jungs unorthodox marriage and explores how it shaped and was shaped by the scandalous new movement of psychoanalysis Most important, Clay reveals how Carl Jung could never have achieved what he did without Emma supporting him through his private torments The Emma that emerges in the pages of Labyrinths is a strong, brilliant woman, who, with her husband s encouragement, becomes a successful analyst in her own right.

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    1. bbc/programmes/b082x79jDescription: The story of Emma Jung, her marriage to Carl and the early years of psychoanalysis. Emma Jung was clever, ambitious and immensely wealthy, one of the richest heiresses in Switzerland, when she met and fell in love with Carl Jung, a handsome but penniless medical student. She was only 17, too young to understand Carl's complex personality or conceive of the dramas that lay ahead.It was a highly unconventional marriage with many labyrinthine twists and turns. Em [...]

    2. Emma Rauschenbach Jung was one of the wealthiest women in Switzerland and Carl Jung was among the poorest men. After her marriage at a young age, Emma provided Carl with an elegant lifestyle and became his colleague. She performed analysis, wrote papers and was President of the Psychological Society (which sounds like a resort where papers were presented and ideas shared) in Zurich. What could have been dynamic picture book marriage was marred by Carl’s “rages” and infidelities.The author [...]

    3. I like Jennifer Senior's take (from the NYT): “Labyrinths” was well received when published in England this summer. Yet throughout the first half of the book, no matter how much I squinted, I could not discern why. The subject is rich, definitely, and Jungian analysis has a groovy, woo-woo sort of appeal. But Ms. Clay’s sourcing is thin. She devotes pages of filler to the glorious architecture of Middle Europe — sounding uncomfortably close to the sales pitch for a Viking River Cruise [...]

    4. I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. Born in 1882, Emma Rauschenbach was "one of the richest heiresses in Switzerland" (3). Clever and ambitious, Emma always wanted to study the natural sciences at the University of Zurich, but was discouraged because of her family's desire for her to follow the dictates of Swiss society that decreed that she must prepare for marriage. However, her mother did encourage Emma to marry Carl Jung, "the son of a poor pastor of the Swi [...]

    5. From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week:The story of Emma Jung, her marriage to Carl and the early years of psychoanalysis.Emma Jung was clever, ambitious and immensely wealthy, one of the richest heiresses in Switzerland, when she met and fell in love with Carl Jung, a handsome but penniless medical student. She was only 17, too young to understand Carl's complex personality or conceive of the dramas that lay ahead.It was a highly unconventional marriage with many labyrinthine twists and turns. Emm [...]

    6. Labyrinths: Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis by Catrine Clay – reviewin: theguardian/books/201

    7. През 1899 едва седемнайсетгодишната Ема Раушенбах, една от най-богатите наследници в Швейцария, се влюбва в Карл Юнг, беден Irrenarz (лекар, грижещ се за душевноболни) – най-неуважаваната медицинска дисциплина. Родителите на Ема насърчават любовната й връзка с доктор Юнг. Искат т [...]

    8. Loved this! A really wonderful story full of amazing people - and I was very pleased to learn about Emma Jung. What a brilliant woman. Blog post coming soon

    9. Interesting, but dull. I listened to the audio-version and I often found my mind wondering while listening.

    10. There have been numerous biographies of Carl Jung. The only one I had previously read was his autobiography, so I found Labyrinths to be particularly useful in filling in the gaps in my knowledge of the subject.I was disappointed that I didn't gain enough of an insight into Emma Jung's life. There didn't seem to be a lot of detailed information about her. I think that this shows how considerably she was overshadowed by her husband, and also points out the minimal role of women in most profession [...]

    11. This book did not give me the insight into Emma Jung that I was hoping for. The writing felt scattered and repetitive. That being said, at times it was an interesting read and I did learn some about Emma and Carl's marriage and Carl's work.

    12. Emma Jung, the Atlas to Carl Jung's world. She held and steadied him, largely in silence and behind the scenes. She is the unsung hero who shared the brilliance and attention of her husband with the world. There is no doubt that there would be no Carl Jung without Emma. The world owes her a debt of gratitude for the beautiful mark that he left upon it. The most eccentric personalities tend to also be the most unstable and without the right combination of an extremely stable personality to balanc [...]

    13. Using letters, interviews, and archived material, the author put together this story of Emma Jung and her influence on her husband and psychoanalysis. She was a very bright woman and the stabilizer that her husband Carl needed. It is doubtful he would have accomplished what he did without her. Carl did give his wife credit and did not push her into the background as some other spouses of famous men have been.I would have liked to see more of Emma's story; this is as much about Carl as it is abou [...]

    14. I don't normally read non-fiction. I prefer fictionalized biographies, but Labyrinths by Catrine Clay was entirely entertaining and well worth reading. It is obvious the author conducted in-depth research into Emma's life, drawing from personal letters, diaries, and articles of the time. Together, she gives us an intimate glimpse into the turbulent life of this famous couple. I also learned a great deal about psychoanalysis and the interpretation of dreams, a subject that has always fascinated m [...]

    15. Great introduction to Emma Jung and her work, her place in the early days of psychoanalysis. I got a slightly better hold on Jung also, as I read. He did not make things easy for Emma Jung. Rather, the reverse. He relied all his life on the strength and stability of his marriage to Emma. It gave him the courage to deal with his own inner "personality no. 2" which troubled him so much, and because of which he was able to go deeply into his studies.

    16. Most interesting and informative read. I have such admiration for Emma Jung. Writing is journalistic rather than telling a story of their lives.

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