Carl Jung and Alcoholics Anonymous: The Twelve Steps as a Spiritual Journey of Individuation

Author(s) : Ian McCabe

Carl Jung and Alcoholics Anonymous: The Twelve Steps as a Spiritual Journey of Individuation

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Reviews and Endorsements

‘Ian McCabe’s book on the relationship between Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) and Jungian Psychology is scholarly, well written, well researched and documented, and brings to light a significant historical context. I would recommend it to any serious student of A.A. and Jungian Psychology.’
— David Schoen, New Orleans Jungian Analyst and author of The War of the Gods in Addiction: C.G. Jung, Alcoholics Anonymous and Archetypal Evil

‘Carl Jung’s serendipitous role in the founding and formation of Alcoholics Anonymous is a fascinating story that until this book has never been fully told. Ian McCabe offers a thoughtful and even-handed analysis of the similarities and the differences between Jung’s path to psycho/spiritual integration and Bill Wilson’s 12-step program for sobriety and spiritual rebirth.’
— Don Lattin, author of Distilled Spirits: Getting High, then Sober, with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and a Hopeless Drunk

‘In the course of discussing Carl Jung’s influence on Alcoholics Anonymous, this book boldly challenges many details about A.A.’s founders and sources, and the varied remarks of those believers and unbelievers who have busied themselves attacking the religious origins of A.A. It enables readers to examine each of a wide number of diverse sources that have often been lacking in coherent research and writing, and helpfully opens the door to A.A. and its roots.’
— Dick B., author of The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible

‘This book is essential reading for newcomers and old timers alike. It is a fresh take on the greatest gift that could be given to an addict, which is the 12-step programme. This book rings true and it resonates with a phrase I heard on my first day when I was a newcomer 30 years ago: “Let us love you until you can learn to love yourself”.
— Tom, A.A. member, Kew, London

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