Quadrant Fall 1983

Reading Through Jung’s Spectacles: A Consideration of Robert Browning’s Poem

The Ring and The Book— Robertson Davies
As a very young man I was struck by a remark by somebody one was supposed to admire — I think it was Flaubert — who said that if we read and immersed ourselves in a very few great books, we should be come truly cultivated people. I came upon that at a time when the magazines were full of list of the Ten Greatest Books, or the Hundred Greatest Books, or some group of books which would, infallibly, make one extremely wise if one read them. … I was an impressionable youth, but I was not so green as to think that the same books will provide infallible intellectual salvation for everybody, so I kept clear of the lists of great books and slowly made a list of my own, and it is about a book on my list I am going to write. …
The Transformation of God— Edward F. Edinger
To those unacquainted with Jung’s empirical psychological method this paper may be open to misunderstanding. It may sound like a paper on theology, but it is not. It is, in fact, a paper on empirical psychology. The confusion comes in the use of terms which have traditional religious connotations. Why then use these terms? It is necessary to do so in order to demonstrate the psychological facts which underlie religious conceptions; moreover, there is scarcely any other way to communicate such material. The objective psyche was first experienced and described in a religious, metaphysical context. Traditional religious images are our richest source of data concerning the objective psyche; however, depth psychology melts down the dogmatic structures which were the traditional containers of these images and recasts them in modern molds of understanding. According to the psychological standpoint man cannot get outside his own psyche. All experience is, therefore, psychic experience. This means that it is impossible, experientially, to distinguish between God and the God-image in the psyche. My use of the term “God” in this paper, therefore, always refers to the God-image in the psyche, i.e., the Self. …

Psychological Modes: Elaboration of a Geometric Mandala— Edward H. Russell

The spectacular success of modern physical science has proved that mathematical models are appropriate for describing outer reality. Indeed, the entire external universe seems to be explicable in terms of subtly adapted Platonic solids and Pythagorean harmonics. Why then should not the mind also exhibit an internal geometry and rhythm? …

The C. G. Jung Foundation: The First Twenty-One Years

— Doreen B. Lee
A few years ago a young woman came into the C.G. Jung Foundation, and looking at a photograph, she asked me, “Who is that?” When I told her that it was Dr. Esther Harding, I could tell from her reaction that even Dr. Harding’s name was unfamiliar to her. I realized then that it was indeed time to record, however briefly, the early days of the analytical community in New York and to trace the steps by which that community led to the formation of the C.G. Jung Foundation. …

Book Reviews

Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer

— Ann Belford Ulanov and Barry Ulanov. Atlanta, Georgia: John Knox Press. 1982. Reviewed by

Richmond K. Greene.

The Alchemy of Discourse: An Archetypal Approach to Language

— Paul Kugler. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: Bucknell University Press. 1982. Reviewed by

Richard W. Thurn.

Border Crossings: A Psychological Perspective on Carlos Castenada’s Path of Knowledge

— Donald Lee Williams. Toronto: Inner City Books. 1981. Reviewed by

Terrence McBride.

Freud and Man’s Soul

— Bruno Bettelheim. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1983. Reviewed by

Eugene Monick.

The Death of A Woman

— Jane Hollister Wheelwright in collaboration with

Eleanor Haas, Barbara McClintock and

Audrey Blodgett. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 1981. Reviewed by

Stefanie Halpern.

Images of The Self: The Sandplay Therapy Process

— Estelle L. Weinrib. Boston: Sigo Press. 1983. Reviewed by

Wayne K. Detloff.