Geoffrey Cocks

Cocks, G. (2012). Psychotherapy in the Third Reich. Jung Journal, 6(4), 25-30.

Publication Abstract: C. G. Jung’s involvement in the professional politics of psychotherapy in Nazi Germany was not a matter only of sympathy for and collaboration with Nazism. Jung’s participation in the affairs of professionally endangered and ambitious psychotherapists under the advantageous leadership of a relative of the powerful Hermann Göring was both significant and limited in time and space. While Jungians found a place at the German Institute for Psychological Research and Psychotherapy in Berlin between 1936 and 1945, psychoanalysts and other psychotherapists– purged of practitioners who were Jewish–advanced their interests and practice in ways that indirectly and directly supported the mobilization of German society for Nazi purposes of conquest and war.

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