Intimate Friends

Duane P. Schultz, Author, Stanley Ed. Schultz, Author Jeremy P. Tarcher $18.95 (247p) ISBN 978-0-87477-549-5
To Schultz, the relationship between Freud and Jung was a spiral of mutal dependence, a foredoomed Oedipal drama. Freud found in the Swiss analyst a submissive son, while, for Jung, Freud was spiritual guide and surrogate father. Psychologist and University of South Florida professor Schultz succumbs to oversimplifications, and his overblown style can be annoying. Nevertheless, his brisk, devastatingly intimate study is rewarding. The duo's relationship is analyzed in the context of their personal lives. Jung embarked on a love affair with a patient, Toni Wolff, and would juggle a 30-year triangular relationship with her and his own wife. Possibly to make Freud jealous, Jung found a submissive disciple of his own, a young, unstable Swiss psychiatrist, Johann Honegger, whom he misdiagnosed and who later committed suicide. Freud, who diagnosed himself as having anxiety neurosis caused by coitus interruptus with his wife, found an outlet in his sister-in-law, Minna Bernays, who, in Schultz's view, ``occupied a central position in Freud's emotional life.'' Whether they actually had an affair remains speculative. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/1990
Release date: 02/01/1990
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