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Carl Jung: Beware of too much activity of an extraverted kind


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

To Joseph L. Henderson

Dear Henderson, 9 August 1952

Thank you for your kind letter!

I am glad to have had the chance of talking to X.

She is better “knitted together” than I expected.

The balance is carefully yet a bit anxiously maintained.

There is much insecurity and uncertainty about the volcanic chaos underneath.

Consciousness ought to be strengthened, as it needs a strong ego to counterbalance the dormant affects.

There is much uncertainty in her whether she will be able to disidentify from the collective unconscious.

She is in need of theoria i.e., of symbolic concepts that would enable her to “comprehend” the contents of the unconscious.

I would try to get her interested in a general, theoretical knowledge of the basic contents of the unconscious and of their significance for individuation.

I have noticed some spark in her when the conversation touched upon related subjects.

The more she knows and understands, the better are her chances.

She should beware of too much activity of an extraverted kind.

I have the impression that she is not yet congealed but still “fluid.”

My best wishes,

Yours cordially,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 79-80.