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H.G. Godwin “Peter” Baynes on Dr. Jung’s Libido

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Doctor H G Baynes, an analytical psychologist and associate of Jung, while he was a member of the RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps), 1915. (Photo by George C Beresford/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


Jung’s Apprentice: A Biography of Helton Godwin Baynes

C.G. has the same problem. His libido is still strong and possessive.

He is never content.

He built his tower as a tribute to the dream of life he would have liked to realize and never could. [This was Bollingen].

He had to compromise because his nature is essentially complex.

He wants simplicity because he is not simple.

He has always tried to foist upon Emma the tangible burdens of his complex strivings.

He accumulates and then cannot maintain.

Thus he is also surrounded by the decaying heaps of things and people from which his libido has receded and which are left to Emma to deal with. She expresses this remorseless continuity, this Abraxoid character to his desiring vitality.

Always she reminds him of the debt intuitiveness piles up in the world of real things. He hates sensation because it is unexpressive, inarticulate and quite remorseless and indifferent to the flutters and strivings of intuition which is forever trying to escape from the real and the actual.

New desires that add more and more to the heap of tangible liabilities must be renounced if this essential simplification is to be attained. Things cannot create happiness.

They only make Egypt more lascivious and terrible in its effect. They only make you forget, like alcohol and infatuation.

This is terrible Abraxas which makes life and death with the same breath and in the same act.

The  right way for me is toward an increasing simplification of life in the midst of a world which goes ever towards an increasing specialization and complexity. ~Diana Baynes, Jung’s Apprentice, Page 211-212