Florence 98, Destruction and Creation
Personal and Cultural Transformation - Edited by Mary Ann Mattoon
620 pages, ISBN 3-85630-584-X / 978-3-85630-584-0, Hardbound Daimon
The Fourteenth Congress for Analytical Psychology was held August 23-28, 1998 in the ancient city of Florence, Italy.
The theme, “Destruction and Creation: Personal and Cultural Transformations,” is especially appropriate to the Italian setting, with that nation’s history of destruction, both from nature and from human activity, and its tradition – especially in Florence – of creative individuals and institutions. The theme is fitting, also, to the context of Jungian psychology, with its emphasis on these and other pairs of opposites, with their integral role in psychic wholeness. Acknowledging, also, that destruction is indispensable to creation, some Jungians prefer the term “creative unconscious” to the traditional “collective unconscious.”