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C.G. Jung’s Secret Letter to Poul Bjerre

ABSTRACT: In 1913, while relations were souring with Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung sent the following letter to the Swedish psychologist Poul Bjerre. The letter was sent shortly after Jung’s very last meeting with Freud (they were physically in the same room, but apparently did not speak to each other). The original letter is located in archives in Stockholm, Sweden. The letter is dated November 10, 1913. All emphases are in the original. – OJJT.

By C.G. Jung

Highly esteemed colleague!

Thank you so much for the happy tidings. May I have your permission to announce the news in the Corr-blatt?

I have less encouraging things to relate. Freud has recently discredited me personally, insofar as (in a letter to Dr. Maader) he doubted my good faith. This injustice forced me to hand in my resignation as the editor of the Jahrbuch. Freud immediately accepted it, being persistent in his pursuit to remove, in one way or another, anyone who refuses to show unconditional loyalty to his doctrine. Naturally, I am to blame for all of it. For example, my behavior has been equivocal; from the very beginning of the congress I sided against the Vienna members, etc. It would hardly be necessary to repeat all the dirt! Since Freud is only a regular member of the association, I will use my advantage to carry on its business in the tacit hope of gradually gaining the confidence of the majority of the membership, so as to make certain that in the future these efforts will manifest themselves on a higher level. To this end it would be necessary to gradually dispose of the Viennese. In case this would not succeed, the Zurich delegation would withdraw. At the least I would go, since no joyful work for the association can ever be carried out in the presence of the disgustingly discordant note struck by the Viennese in Munich. Up to the present I have never been an anti-Semite; now I think I will become one.

I would also like to tell you that Deuticke has offered to publish separately the works of the Zurich movement. I would be very grateful if you were able to sustain our efforts with your own contributions.

I must ask you to regard my words as confidential.

With cordial wishes,

Truly yours,

Jung

Published in C.G. Jung