To Christian Jenssen

Dear Herr Jenssen, 29 May 1933

I have rapidly skimmed through the article you so kindly sent me.

I can only thank you for its general tenor, for there are indeed only a few people who have noticed that I am saying something different from Freud.

Unfortunately, it is only in Germany that I am not known.

In the Anglo-Saxon world I have been known for a long time (whether I have been understood is another matter).

You will find my debate with Freud in Seelenprobleme der Gegenwart, in the essay “Der Gegensatz Freud-Jung.”

I would like to take this opportunity to rectify the error that I come from the Freudian school.

I am a pupil of Bleuler’s and my experimental researches had already won me a name in science when I took up the cudgels for Freud and opened the discussion in real earnest in 1905.

My scientific conscience did not allow me, on the one hand, to let what is good in Freud go by the board and, on the other, to countenance the absurd position which the human psyche occupies in his theory.

I suspected at once that this partly diabolical sexual theory would turn people’s heads and I have sacrificed my scientific career in doing all I can to combat this absolute devaluation of the psyche.

Incidentally, I should be much obliged if you would let me know on a postcard whereabouts in my work you have found “intellectual shadow boxing” and other such yarns.

I am essentially an empiricist and have discovered to my cost that when people do not understand me they think I have seen visions.

Yours very truly,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Pages 121-122

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