The Original Protocols for Memories, Dreams, Reflections

The Original Protocols for Memories, Dreams, Reflections

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Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C. G. Jung comprised material compiled and edited by Aniela Jaffé on the basis of her conversations with Jung and was supplemented by Jung’s own memoir concerning the early years of his life and other autobiographical materials, with the participation of Pantheon publisher, Kurt Wolff, who initiated the project. However, behind the scenes, there lay a complex tale of composition, editing and alleged censorship.

The protocols of Aniela Jaffé’s original conversations with Jung reveal that significant material was withheld in the published version, and that much had been edited. While the published version of Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C. G. Jung was cast in the form of a more or less chronological life narrative, the protocols show Jung ranging across an array of subjects in an associative manner in a single conversation, and discovering meaningful connections that he had hitherto not realized, aided by Aniela Jaffé’s sensitive questioning and Kurt Wolff’s prompting.

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