Review From User :
This book was much talked about in the psychology department at Union Theological Seminary, talked about as if there were something naughty or scandalous about it. Although never assigned, I purchased it in hardcover and read it with avidity.
The scandal was that Ellenberger traces what he calls "dynamic" and what I would call "depth psychology" back to religion, spiritualism, occultism, quackery and charlatanism. Furthermore, he domonstrates that many of the founders of "dynamic psychology" were themselves quite interested in these earlier movements as well as in modern parapsychology and hypnotism--though not, of course, exponents of quackery or charlatanism. Still, the association is made and it is hard to avoid.
Although almost a thousand pages in length, this tome is a quick read because it is a fascinating, and often quite amusing, production.
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