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A man’s psychology can be undermined by too much motherliness


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Letters of C. G. Jung: Volume 2, 1951-1961


Dear Mr. N., Bollingen, 1 November 1951

I’m sorry to be so late with my answer.

Your letter arrived while I was away from home for my vacations.

I couldn’t have seen you anyhow during that time.

If you hadn’t this relapse of tuberculosis I should have said that you’d better come once again to Zurich so that one could find out about that snag you seem to run into with your women analysts.

Perhaps it is just that they are women!

While you are in your plaster cast you have time to think and to read and I should advise you to make ample use of it.

Try to find out about yourself as much as possible with the aid of literature.

It could give you some masculine courage which you seem to be in need of.

In the long run the psychological influence of women isn’t necessarily helpful.

The more helpless a man is, the more the maternal instinct is called upon, and there is no woman who could resist such a call .

But a man’s psychology gets badly undermined by too much motherliness.

Anything you acquire by your own effort is worth a hundred years with a woman analyst.

Unfortunately I’m unable to interpret your dream.

I wouldn’t dare to let my intuitions handle your material.

But, since I appear in your dream, I cannot refrain from making the remark that I like thick walls and I like trees and green things, and I like many books.

Perhaps you are in need of these three good things.

My best wishes!

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 26-27.