Reviewed here are the 24th and 25th episodes of Jungian Analytic Psychology by John Betts. I have realised that of all of the Podcasts that I have reviewed, it is those in Bett’s series on Jungian Analytic Psychology that have required the most concentration and which I have often had to listen to again such is the richness and complexity of material although I think the material is explained extremely well and with narration that is clear to understand.
In the 24th episode in Betts series on Jungian Analytic Psychology, he responds to questions/e-mails from readers. One reader draws an interesting analogy between steering a ship and the components of the psyche. A number of other themes are discussed including the anima and animus, identity and a reflection on Jung’s origins as a Freudian analyst. There is also an interesting discussion of the difference between disliking and projection of the shadow. Along the way, Betts recommends an autobiography of Jung by Deirdre Blair (a review of which I have located here and also note that he book runs to some 960 pages!).
In 25th episode in the series which is freely available here, Betts answers more questions that have been sent in by listeners. He discusses enantiodromia in more detail expanding on the ‘play of opposites’ which requires an appropriate level of tension to be maintained. The concept is contrasted with the Freudian defence mechanism of reaction formation. More listeners write in, from different continents and professions. Betts also refers to Jung’s collected works describing how he has read through them. Doing a quick Google search, I was able to identify a collection of Jung’s works with 20 volumes, with at least one of the individual volumes running to 288 pages. There was also an interpretation of cultural complexes by one reader who saw them as an extension of the personal complex (with a cultural layer). There is also a very interesting question asked by a Professor of comparative literature who asks how a Jungian interpretation can be applied to the study of Haiku poetry. Bett’s response is equally interesting in that he suggests that the poetry can give the reader insights into themselves from the experiences they gain from the reading, as well as giving them insights into the author. The Jungian interpretation can be applied to these insights.
The material as always is extremely interesting, well presented and raises many more questions.
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