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  1. Introduction.
  2. Part 1.
    1. The death of Carl Jung's wife Emma Jung.
    2. His request that Von Franz take up work on number archetypes.
    3. Von Franz desire to set up a Jungian institute.
    4. Taking up Jung's work with Wolfgang Pauli.
  3. Part 2.
    1. Von Franz's immersion in the psychology of fairy-tales.
    2. It wouldn't be fairy-tales that gave collective meaning to the modern west.
    3. Working on the dominant transpersonal side of Jungian psychology.
  4. Conclusion.
  5. Bibliography.

Marie Louise Von Franz (1915-1998) was a classical (or purist) Jungian. She was Carl Jung's main collaborator. She first met Jung at age 18. As Thomas Kirsch writes ?When she was eighteen (1933) and was on a lass trip from school, she met Jung. She wanted to go into analysis with him, but could not afford it. In exchange for analysis, she did translations of Latin and Greek texts which he needed for his research into alchemy.?1 And later when Jung penned the fourteenth volume of his collected works, Mysterium Coniunctionis: An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy Von Franz wrote a text that accompanies it titled Aurora Consurgens: A Document Attributed to Thomas Aquinas on the Problem of Opposites in Alchemy.

[...] But if they immerse themselves in the Jungian worldview then they are turning more and more away from doing that which they must do if they are to be psychologically healthy. Instead, they hide away in the Jungian religion that basically sticks two fingers up at where the individual's psyche should be at and where culture is at. I admit that this is an unfortunate way to conclude an essay on Marie Louise Von Franz as I accept and respect that she was a clearly intelligent and imaginative thinker who put in total effort and commitment to Jung's work. [...]


[...] Therefore, it can become unrealistic if this is thought of as alchemical the patient becomes more divorced than before from his setting in contemporary life.?3 Von Franz certainly took up the baton of working on the dominant transpersonal side of Jungian psychology (archetypes, fairy tales, alchemy, synchronicity/psychophysical unity and so on) as opposed to a more personal clinical psychoanalytic approach dealing with complexes, dissociation, and ego problems. Hence, Jungian psychology rightly becomes associated with religiosity. Jungian psychology accepts the personal psychological problems and instead of dealing with them on their own terms advocates religion as cure. [...]


[...] Marie Louise Von Franz of Zurich, perhaps his closest professional confidante and friend Freeman writes that Carl Jung spent the last year of his life devoted to this book and that he completed his own section only ten days before he died.4 Jung had approved the drafts of his collaborators and Freeman continues Von Franz assumed over-all responsibility for the completion of the book in accordance with Jung's express instructions [ hence ] The final editing of the complete work after Jung's death has been done by Dr. [...]

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