Jung wrote in his 1958 Foreword to the Swiss edition of this book, "This volume ... contains both early and late writings on questions concerned with the practice of psychotherapy... The reader will find in these essays not only an outline of my attitude as a practising psychotherapist and of the principles on which it rests. They also contain an historical study of a phenomenon that may be regarded as the crux, or at any rate the crucial experience, in any thorough-going analysis---the problem of the transference, whose central importance was recognized long ago by Freud."
Here are some representative quotations from the book:
"Although I was the first to demand that the analyst should himself be analyzed, we are largely indebted to Freud for the invaluable discovery that analysts too have their complexes and consequently one or two blind spots which act as so many prejudices."
"The first beginnings of all analytical treatment of the soul are to be found in its prototype, the confessional."
"Nevertheless psychology has profited greatly from Freud's pioneering work; it has learned that human nature has its black side---and not man alone, but his works, his institutions, and his convictions as well. Even our purest and holiest beliefs rest on very deep and dark foundations..."
"But it is extremely important, in his own interests, that the psychotherapist should not in any circumstances lose the position he originally held in medicine..."
"Nor should we gloss over the fact that that classification of the neuroses is very unsatisfactory, and that for this reason alone a specific diagnosis seldom means anything real."
"The unconscious is not a demoniacal monster, but a natural entity which, as far as moral sense, aesthetic taste, and intellectual judgment go, is completely neutral."