[percy-l] Percy's familiarity with C.G. Jung, esp. concept of "synchronic...

Nikkibar at aol.com Nikkibar at aol.com
Mon Feb 7 13:28:35 EST 2005

Walker was indeed familiar with Jung though in the split between Freud and 
Jung he would probably have been more inclined to the Freudian side of the 
battle(cf Mistake as Metaphor in comparison with Freud's three first Lectures in 
Principles of Psychoanalysis). Walker was an analysand of Harry Stack Sullivan 
who was fairly down the path with Freud. On the other hand Jung's mystical side 
was far more sympathetic to Walker's affinity for the numinous. Synchronicity 
was a concept with which he was quite familiar and we discussed many 
instances of it in our Book Group (not specifically devoted to Jung) although I think 
at one time we read some KJ (Memories Dreams and Reflections?) One of his 
bugbears was the tendency of some writers to get so in the groove with Freud that 
they would break into dream sequences as an integral part of the narrative. He 
hated it, having tried the device a few times and found it to be a quick road 
to failure. You will search the Percy Canon in vain for any example.

Nikki Barranger
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