Edith Rockefeller McCormick (1872-1932)

She lived in Zurich from 1913 until 1921. After the death of her son, she was taken ill with a neurosis and south help from Jung and was analyzed by him for eight years. The progress of healing was limited. To Adolf Keller, the American woman seemed ossified.

He writes: “One day the daughter of feller stood in the Lavatar room and said: ‘I would like to see human beings’.

For an entire year, she accompanied me on my visits to the small alleys in the Schipfe ( a then-poor quarter in the paris of St. Peter’s) where I dragged her by the hand up putrid staircases and passageways so that she was forced to takeout her smelling salts on reaching the top; thus she became acquainted with the lives ‘of the other people’ and with the phenomenology of poverty.”

In this way, Keller hoped to facilitate her emergence out of her ivory tower, albeit with limited success.

C.G Jung – Adolf Keller – On theology and Psychology p 40-41

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