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Some measure of insanity

Let me simply record this statement from Donald Winnicott, which I have taken from the end of Adam Phillips’ short book on the enigmatically wise child-doctor and psychoanalyst:

If I want to say that Jung was mad, and he recovered, I am doing nothing worse than I would do in saying of myself that I was sane and through analysis and self-analysis I achieved some measure of insanity. Freud’s flight to sanity could be something we psychoanalysts are trying to recover from, just as Jungians are trying to recover from Jung’s ‘divided self’, and from the way he himself dealt with it.

The phrase -“I achieved some measure of insanity” – is the beautiful bell in this thought.

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