We spoke a little before about the “Kreuzlingen Gesture”, but it’s so characteristic of Jung it’s worth a closer look. Jung had been, for some time, trying to find an excuse to break from Freud that would make him look like the aggrieved party and Freud the heel. In 1912, Freud was paying a visit to a dying friend in Kreuzlingen, which is close to Zurich, where Jung was. Freud wrote ahead asking Jung about when he might pay a visit. We know Jung got the letter, but he didn’t write back. So, Freud figured okay, maybe he doesn’t want me to come, spent his time with his dying friend, and then headed back home. Shortly thereafter, Jung howled, positively HOWLED, that Freud had outrageously and intentionally insulted him by not paying him a visit. After that, he felt much better in trashing Freud whenever he could fit it in edgewise.
As I’ve said before, I think that the ideas brought to the table by Jung are almost unilaterally regressions, from his attack on the importance of libido to his double-faced treatment of Judaism and Christianity (I don’t think it’s entirely unfair to mention that he was an ardent supporter of Nazism as it gave him a platform to strike against Freud’s circle, who were mostly Jewish – he wrote a whole article on how Jews couldn’t be good psychoanalysts for Christians) to the development of the collective unconscious as a means of avoiding probing self-analysis. But once, once he was a youth of tremendous promise who venerated the revolutionary daring of Freud, and so perhaps the truce for the greater good in today’s comic isn’t so far off after all.
Okay, I’ve got all the Jung criticism out of my system now, I promise.
– Count Dolby von Luckner