Proud to be an American?

In Robert Moss’s recent article “Jung on the American Sixth Sense for the Genuine” on Beliefnet, he quotes Carl Jung in his comparison of English and American ways of understanding:

“In England you have to be careful not to make educated mistakes. You must look up everything you are going to mention…Don’t ever make that kind of mistake in England, because they will catch you at once. Now, in the U.S., it won’t matter. Don’t worry about it, because they wouldn’t know the difference, most of them.
But – and this is important – Americans have a sixth sense for the genuine. Don’t ever, ever, ever say anything for the effect of it if you are not absolutely certain, because they will catch you on it. . . . The American sixth sense for the something real is the reason they have discovered me, while the Europeans have yet to do so.”
[These excerpts come from the record of a conversation with Barbara Hannah around 1930, preserved in a private archive of her papers and quoted in Deirdre Bair’s recent Jung: A Biography (New York and Boston: Back Bay Books) p,365.]

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