Yet there came the day when Jung himself in flesh and blood appeared at the Institute because he wanted to be in discussion with
Beforehand candidates had to send in a written question and Jung would give his comments.
I was present at two of those discussion-afternoons.
But I also saw Jung at different social occasions, like the celebration of his 85th birthday.
At one occasion, together with Dora Kalff accompanying at the piano, I was asked to give a little violin-concert at the Club in honour of Jung—as I was still a performing musician.
But to get back to the discussion-afternoons—they were tremendously impressive.
The man was well over eighty and his voice had become very weak.
Still he had an incredibly charismatic presence, and the candidates and even more so the assembly of our analysts and teachers were greatly in awe of him and quite afraid to a certain extent.
Jung seemed to dislike all the adoration going on around him, but I felt that in some corner of his soul he also needed and enjoyed it.
Still, he was enormously natural and spontaneous, and many of the already rigid concepts of the Institute’s teaching suddenly came into a lively flux again.
I also felt that his charismatic radiance was such that there was not much space left near his personality and wondered what effect that would have on being in analysis with him.
It surely could be an enormous inspiration, yet at the same time a hindrance for his analysands to find their own inner space.
I felt that this overweight of his personality may account very much for the kind of “missionary zeal” often to be found among the first generation of Jungians together with their enormous idealization.
But one probably could say this also about many of Freud’s direct disciples. ~Mario Jacoby, Who Owns Jung, Page 141-142