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The Question of Psychological Types:
The Correspondence of C. G. Jung and Hans Schmid-Guisan, 1915-1916
C. G. Jung & Hans Schmid-Guisan
Edited by John Beebe & Ernst Falzeder
Translated by Ernst Falzeder

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In 1915, C. G. Jung and his psychiatrist colleague, Hans Schmid-Guisan, began a correspondence through which they hoped to understand and codify fundamental individual differences of attention and consciousness. Their ambitious dialogue, focused on the opposition of extraversion and introversion, demonstrated the difficulty of reaching a shared awareness of differences even as it introduced concepts that would eventually enable Jung to create his landmark 1921 statement of the theory of psychological types. That theory, the basis of the widely used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other similar personality assessment tools, continues to inform not only personality psychology but also such diverse fields as marriage and career counseling and human resource management.

This correspondence, available in English for the first time, reveals Jung fielding keen theoretical challenges from one of his most sensitive and perceptive colleagues. The new introduction by Jungian analyst John Beebe and psychologist and historian Ernst Falzeder clarifies the evolution of crucial concepts, while helpful annotations shed light on the allusions and arguments in the letters. This volume will provide a useful historical grounding for all those who work with, or are interested in, Jungian psychology and psychological typology.

John Beebe is the author of Integrity in Depth and of many articles on psychological types. Past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, he founded The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal (now called Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche). Ernst Falzeder is lecturer at the University of Innsbruck and senior editor at the Philemon Foundation. He is the editor of The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham and the English translator of Jung’s seminar, Children’s Dreams (Princeton), among other books.


"The English text is a pleasure to read, with plenty of clarifying notes. Readers will enjoy the informality of the exchange, its intellectual depth, and the humanity of Jung and Schmid-Guisan. This important addition to the history of modern psychology will engage and inform interested nonspecialists."--E. James Lieberman, Library Journal

"The Question of Psychological Types is a welcome addition to anyone who would seek to understand the framework of psychological types better in its philosophical and historical context. The publishers have done a good job of putting the book into a good, clean format and have equipped the text with a generous, even lavish, amount of footnotes. Readers who will want to know more about the practical application of typology and the types will not find much to interest them here, but to readers who want to be acquainted with the historical process that spawned Psychological Types, this volume is quite simply a mandatory read."--Celebrity Types

"Beebe and Falzeder provide a fascinating, scientifically important look into the development of Jung's seminal work on psychological types. Unlike works that stress how one can understand the typology and the implications of being a 'certain type,' this volume illuminates the early development, discussion, and refinement of the ideas. . . . A must-read for scholars and enthusiasts of Jung and an excellent 'reader' for understanding the scientific enterprise prior to the development print and online journals and formal review procedures."--Choice

"We now have the opportunity to read and study this very significant correspondence with the addition of the excellent introduction and annotations which the co-editors have produced and have our knowledge and understanding of Jung's psychological types greatly deepened, expanded and enriched."--Peter Kenney, Journal of Analytical Psychology


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Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments vii
Illustration of First Page of 7 J, 4 September 1915 viii
Illustration of First Page of 12 S, 17/18 December 1915 ix

Introduction 1
John Beebe and Ernst Falzeder

Translator's Note 33


  • 1 J (4 June 1915) 39
  • 2 S (24 June 1915) 48
  • 3 J (undated) 55
  • 4 S (6 July 1915) 63
  • 5 J (undated) 74
  • 6 S (29 August 1915) 87
  • 7 J (4 September 1915) 100
  • 8 S (28 September 1915) 115
  • 9 J (6 November 1915) 131
  • 10 S (1-7 December 1915) 143
  • 11 S (11-14 December 1915) 148
  • 12 S (17-18 December 1915) 152
  • 13 S (6 January 1916) 155


  • Summary of Jung's First Three Letters 159
  • Jung's Obituary of Hans Schmid - Guisan 169

Bibliography 171
Index 179

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