Edward Edinger (1922–1998) was a preeminent classical Jungian analyst in New York City, a very articulate author of many books explaining and elaborating on Carl Jung’s analytical psychology. He wrote insightful books on the psychotherapeutic process, such as Ego and Archetype, on Jung’s work, The Mystery of the Coniunctio: Alchemical Image of Individuation, and on Greek mythology and Gnosticism. He applied Jungian archetypal principles to cultural works, such as Shakespeare, Goethe’s Faust, Blake’s Job, and Melville’s Moby Dick. He was very interested in Christianity, and explored the Bible, the Prophets, the Psalms, the biblical Apocalypse, and The Christian Archetype.
Edinger’s classic elaboration of the heart of Jungian analytical psychoanalysis is Ego and Archetype (Edinger 1972). Here he explores the depths of the relationship between ego and the Self. The Self is the central archetype of wholeness and access to the transcendent that in childhood contains...