st Richard Noll reveals the all-too human man for what he really was--a genius who, believing he was a god, founded a neopagan religious movement ...Show synopsisst Richard Noll reveals the all-too human man for what he really was--a genius who, believing he was a god, founded a neopagan religious movement that offered mysteries for a new age. In "The Aryan Christ", Noll draws on never-before-published material to create the first full account of Jung's private and public lives. Photos.Hide synopsis
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Description:New. 0679449450. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER...New. 0679449450. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED. --336 pages; clean and crisp, tight and bright pages, with no writing or markings to the text. --DESCRIPTION: The Aryan Christ is the previously untold story of the first sixty years of Jung's life-a story that follows him from his 1875 birth into a family troubled with madness and religious obsessions, through his career as a world-famous psychiatrist and his relationship and break with his mentor Freud, and on to his years as an early supporter of the Third Reich in the 1930's. It contains never-before-published revelations about his life and the lives of his most intimate followers-details that either were deliberately suppressed by Jung's family and disciples or have been newly excavated from archives in Europe and America. Richard Noll traces the influence on Jung's ideas of the occultism, mysticism, and racism of nineteenth-century German culture, demonstrating how Jung's idealization of "primitive man" has at its roots the Volkish movement of his own day, which championed a vision of an idyllic pre-Christian, Aryan past. Noll marshals a wealth of evidence to create the first full account of Jung's private and public lives: his advocacy of polygamy as a spiritual path and his affairs with female disciples; his neopaganism and polytheism; his anti-Semitism; and his use of self-induced trance states and the pivotal visionary experience in which he saw himself reborn as a lion-headed god from an ancient cult. The Aryan Christ perfectly captures the charged atmosphere of Jung's era and presents a cast of characters no novelist could dream up, among them Edith Rockefeller McCormick-whose story is fully told here for the first time-the lonely, agoraphobic daughter of John D. Rockefeller, who moved to Zurich to be near Jung and spent millions of dollars to help him launch his religious movement. FROM THE CRITICS Publishers Weekly According to Noll (The Jung Cult), one of the most potent concepts of 20th-century psychologythe collective unconsciousexists "only on the shelves of Jung's personal library. " Only Freud has been more influential in psychology, and now both have been exposed as more imaginative than scientific in promoting what was psychoanalysis to one and analytical psychology to the other. Both effected what many accepted as cures. "Patients became apostles, " Noll charges. "Analysis became initiation. " And to the charismatic Jung, who turned away from what he derided as Freud's Jewish psychology to a mystical Germanic neo-paganism that involved trance states, occultism and pre-Christian sun worship, "Cures became secondary to conversions. " In his professional talks and publications, Noll contends, Jung (1875-1961) employed pseudoscientific terms to conceal the fact that he was offering his initiates a half-baked post-Christian religion with himself as its Christ. Those who find that Jungian prescriptions work for them will be reluctant to concede that the Swiss master was "a hierophant who presided over his own mysteries. " But Noll, a clinical psychologist and historian of science, has marshaled persuasive documents to suggest that one of the shapers of 20th-century thought was a charlatan. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Sept. ) FYI: For another take on Jung, see Frank McLynn's Carl Gustav Jung, published by St. Martin's/Dunne, reviewed in Forecasts June 2. Kirkus Reviews A fascinating, carefully researched study of the origins of Carl Jung's highly original, influential version of human psychology, and a work likely to generate intense debate. Noll's (History of Science/Harvard) goal here seems to be to deepen and expand arguments put forth in his previous work (The Jung Cult, not reviewed) that Jung didn't so much intend to develop a new form of psychoanalysis as to create a new pagan religion, one that was a unique (and alarming) blend of "German mysticism, Hellenistic paganism, and Gnosticism, " colored by Jung's growing anti...
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