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Two Cases from Jung’s Clinical Practice
The Story of Two Sisters and the Evolution of Jungian Analysis

ISBN 9780367143336
Published April 26, 2019 by Routledge
210 Pages 3 Color & 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Two Cases from Jung’s Clinical Practice places two key cases, those of Mischa Epper and Maggy Reichstein, into the context of Jung’s work in the 1920s and provides a complete assessment of their place within his writings. Presented in three parts, it first examines Jung’s disappointment with contemporary treatments and theories and his break from Freud and the development of his own ideas, and then summarises the history of his more famous patients. In Part 2, de Moura examines Epper’s case, which is recognised as an essential part of the development of the concept of active imagination, as well as how it is connected to the work of Jung’s collaborator Maria Moltzer. Finally, Part 3 assesses the case of Reichstein, which emerges as a key contribution to Jung’s writings on Eastern and Western psychology, transference and countertransference, mandalas and, in particular, synchronicity. Two Cases from Jung’s Clinical Practice provides a comprehensive and personable picture of Jung and his interactions with these two patients, giving us valuable data about a time when his practice was still evolving.

A unique and insightful study, this book will be an essential work for academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian theory, analytical psychology, and the history of psychoanalysis and psychology. These cases will also be of great interest to analytical psychologists and Jungian analysts in practice and in training.

Table of Contents

Foreword;  Preface;  Part 1 – C.G. Jung;  Introduction;  The development of Jung’s career;  Contemporaneous psychotherapeutics;  The self-experiment;  On the search for a scientific language;  Jung’s criticism on methods; Important patients in the literature;  Part 2 – Mischa Epper; The story of Mischa Epper and Maggy Reichstein;  Epper’s treatment with Thomas Hämmerli;  Epper’s treatment with Maria Moltzer;  Epper’s treatment with C.G. Jung;  Epper’s life after the treatments;  Jung’s mistaken information on the case of Mischa Epper;  Part 3 – Maggy Reichstein;  Jung’s descriptions of Reichstein’s case in the literature;  Reichstein’s case and Jung’s concepts of transference and countertransference;  Reichstein’s case and Jung’s understanding of Eastern and Western psychology;  Reichstein’s case and synchronicity;  The letters on psychology and religion;  Conclusion;  Bibliography;  Index

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Vicente L. de Moura is supervisor, docent and training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Küsnach Switzerland. Former president of the Susan Bach Foundation, he was curator of the pictures archive of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zürich between 1998 and 2015. He works as an analyst and psychotherapist in Zürich. His website can be found at


"In this publication, in a very careful study, it is described for the first time how C. G. Jung, in contact with patients, was scientifically inspired by their topics and how this influenced his theories as a result. One sees Jung, his colleagues and patients in a psychotherapeutic field as well as in spiritual exchanges in a time period around 1920.

It is to the author's merit that he has managed to collect little known but very interesting material and placed it within a stimulating context." - Prof. Dr. Verena Kast, President of the Curatorium of the CG Jung Institute Zurich, Küsnacht

"In this book historical scholarship has struck a seam of gold.  Based on previously unexamined archival sources and original interviews, the book gives the reader privileged insight into two female patients of Jung’s who played key roles in shaping his understanding of such crucial topics as active imagination, transference and countertransference, synchronicity, and the significance of Eastern thought (especially Kundalini yoga and mandalas).  De Moura’s historical and comparative scholarship is meticulous, his journey of discovery is deeply engaging, and his findings significantly illuminate several important texts of Jung’s." - Professor Roderick Main, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK