The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of Carl Jung

The Aryan Christ The Secret Life of Carl Jung Carl Gustav Jung along with Sigmund Freud is one of the two most influential figures of the modern age His ideas have shaped perceptions of the world His theories of myth archetypes the collective

  • Title: The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of Carl Jung
  • Author: Richard Noll
  • ISBN: 9780679449454
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Carl Gustav Jung, along with Sigmund Freud, is one of the two most influential figures of the modern age His ideas have shaped perceptions of the world His theories of myth, archetypes the collective unconscious have become part of popular culture Now, in this controversial, impeccably researched biography, Richard Noll reveals Jung as an all too human genius who,Carl Gustav Jung, along with Sigmund Freud, is one of the two most influential figures of the modern age His ideas have shaped perceptions of the world His theories of myth, archetypes the collective unconscious have become part of popular culture Now, in this controversial, impeccably researched biography, Richard Noll reveals Jung as an all too human genius who, believing he was a spiritual prophet, founded a neopagan religious movement that offered mysteries for a new age The Aryan Christ is the previously untold story of the 1st 60 years of his life a story that follows him from his 1875 birth into a family troubled with madness religious obsession, thru his career as a famous psychiatrist relationship break with Freud, on to his years as an early commentator on the 3rd Reich in the 30s It contains never before published revelations about his life the lives of his most intimate followers details that either were deliberately suppressed by his family disciples or have been newly excavated from archives in Europe America Noll traces the influence on his ideas of the occultism, mysticism racism of 19th century German culture, demonstrating how his idealization of primitive man has at its roots the Volkish movement of his own day, which championed a vision of an idyllic pre Christian, Aryan past Noll marshals evidence to create the 1st full account of his private public lives his advocacy of polygamy as a spiritual path his affairs with female disciples his neopaganism polytheism his anti Semitism his use of self induced trance states the pivotal visionary experience in which he saw himself reborn as a lion headed god from an ancient cult The Aryan Christ captures the charged atmosphere of Jung s era presents a cast of characters no novelist could dream up, among them Edith Rockefeller McCormick whose story is fully told here for the 1st time the lonely, agoraphobic daughter of John D Rockefeller, who moved to Zurich to be near Jung spent millions to help him launch his religious movement As Noll writes, Jung is interestinge of his humanity, not his semidivinity In giving a fuller portrait of this 20th century icon, The Aryan Christ is a book with wide implications.

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    1. I first saw this biography at a bookshop in my neighborhood, skimmed through it, looked at the pictures, thought about buying it but then saw the price and decided to wait. Fortunately, friends in California had a copy, allowing me to read it during a visit.Like Sterns' The Haunted Prophet, this is an expose of Jung, disclosing facts and rumors about the psychiatrist that are excluded from his pseudo-autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, and from the various hagiographies written by his [...]

    2. It's very difficult to write a review about this book, without being unfair to the few merits we find here. The main reason for this is the evidently biased and tendencious way in which it is written. Noll states a thesis that is very simple: "Jung was the leader of a sect which saw himself as a god incarnated, the Aryan Christ" (those words are mine, not the exact words Noll use). If you see the front cover, there are words like "promiscuity", "ocultism", "life secret", which all have a sensati [...]

    3. The only thing good about this books is the general description of 20th century Europe in the context of literature, and popular movements. This provides a unique insight into the environment that might have influenced Jung. However this book is nothing more than a polemic of the losest kind. Anyone who has read the works of Jung and the biographies on him, which this present book claims NOT to be, can find the assertions found therein easy to refute.

    4. As you can see from the diversity of viewpoints expressed both here and in reviews of Noll's "The Jung Cult", this is a highly controversial history of Jung's work with an emphasis on aspects that Noll claims have been suppressed. When I was debating whether or not to buy this book, I found one seemingly scholarly review that called it "bad history" and, just now wondering whether I should say what I am about to write, I did further searches and found several other, seemingly reasonable reviews [...]

    5. This book makes Jung look like someone akin to Aleister Crowley, or some other self-styled guru. The main message here is that Jung used Christian terminology to cover a "neopagan" movement that was less of a new science, than an atavism to polytheistic metaphysics. That a "collective unconscious" that is such a large and persuasive part of Jungian psychology is nothing less than Jung's amalgamation of myth and mystery studies, and "cryptomnesia" which the author uses a lot, meaning lost memorie [...]

    6. 'Noll’s attacks are tinged with sensationalism, even opportunism, and his attempt to frame his history as a ‘tale’, not to be taken entirely literally, hangs ambivalently between honest humility and rhetorical subterfuge. But to the extent that he provokes debate, he serves a vital purpose, perhaps complementary to the equally vital balance and detail found in the careful work of Bair’s biography.' dreamflesh/review/book/ar

    7. A fascinating history of the true story of Carl Jung. He was Freud's main rival and history records him as one of the founding members of psychology in the early 20th century. He created the concept of the 'universal unconcious', 'the archetype' and of the two kinds of intellect "introvert and extrovert but he never regarded these achievements as his main work. Secretly he thought of himself as a god - a new Aryan incarnation of Jesus - and Jungian psychology was to become his new religion. His [...]

    8. A fascinating biography of one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. You won't understand the modern world unless you understand Carl Jung. This book traces the cultural history of his ideas, showing how he deliberately formulated an ahistorical syncretistic religion and couched it in pseudoscientific terms in order to deify himself as the "Aryan Christ" in the minds of his followers.

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