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C.G. Jung Letters, Vol. 1: 1906-1950

To Emil Egli

Dear Dr. Egli, 15 September 1943

Many thanks for kindly sending me your book, Der Schweizer in der Landschaft.

I entirely agree with the pages you have marked.

The more so as my thoughts have often moved along similar lines.

At one time I related the idiosyncrasies of Paracelsus to his early environment and also dropped similar hints in my answer to Keyserling’s expose of Switzerland.

I am deeply convinced of the-unfortunately-still very mysterious relation between man and landscape, but hesitate to say anything about it because I could not substantiate it rationally.

But I am fully persuaded that if you settled a Siberian tribe for a few hundred years in Switzerland, regular Appenzellers would come out in the end.

It is probably a matter of something like psychic mimicry.

Altogether your book makes very interesting and delectable reading.

Again with best thanks,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 538-539.