Ecce Mulier: Nietzsche and the Eternal Feminine

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Ecce Mulier: Nietzsche and the Eternal Feminine, An Analytical Psychological Perspective
by Gertrudis Ostfeld de Bendayan

ISBN: 9781888602432; 1888602430
Book (Paperback)
Chiron Publications
List Price: $24.95
306 pages
January 2008

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Ecce Mulier:  Nietzsche"In this scholarly, spirited, and at times spellbinding book, Jungian analyst Trudy Bendayan boldly ventures into the soaring and abysmal inner world of Friedrich Nietzsche. Tracing the neglected influence of the feminine in Nietzsche's life and thought, she offers a profound empathetic reading of relevant outer events and relationships as well as of the thinker's fantasies as revealed not only in his published philosophical works but also in poems, letters, notebooks, and other less well known writings. As each main phase of Nietzsche's life is rigorously and sensitively explored, there emerges an increasingly persuasive account of the connections between the nature of his primal relationships, the trajectory of his professional and creative career, his desolate personal life, and his eventual mental breakdown. As well as providing an invaluable resource for analytical psychologists, Bendayan's groundbreaking work of Jungian psychobiography teems with insights that could refresh the understanding of even seasoned scholars of Nietzsche." Roderick Main, PhD, author of The Rupture of Time: Synchronicity and Jung's Critique of Modern Western Culture and Revelations of Chance: Synchronicity as Spiritual Experience.

Creativity and madness, sparked by the intrusion of unconscious symbolism, arised from the same feminine depths--what Jung, following Goethe, called the realm of the Mothers. Which one triumphs depends on the strength of the ego under the onslaught of unconscious contents. In this book, the author charts the developmental course of that ego, and its archetypal aspects. She has written a pyschobiography that ventures into the realm of the Mothers, so that the creativity and madness of Friedrich Nietzsche can be better understood.