Labyrinths

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The story of Emma Jung, her marriage to Carl and the early years of psychoanalysis.

Emma Jung was clever, ambitious and immensely wealthy, one of the richest heiresses in Switzerland, when she met and fell in love with Carl Jung, a handsome but penniless medical student. She was only 17, too young to understand Carl's complex personality or conceive of the dramas that lay ahead.

It was a highly unconventional marriage, with many labyrinthine twists and turns. Emma was forced to fight with everything she had to come to terms with Carl's brilliant but complicated character and to keep her husband close to her. His belief in polygamy led to many extra-marital involvements, with women he met when they became his patients. A ménage a trois with a former patient Toni Wolff lasted some thirty years. But the marriage endured and Emma realised her ambition to become a noted analyst in her own right.

In this fifth episode, Emma's career forges ahead. Finally feeling confident enough, she takes the decision to train as an analyst herself. She distils a lifetime of research into a book on the Holy Grail legend. Emma saw the legend as the quest of every individual for psychic health and wholeness, using the book as her own quest as she grapples with the labyrinth of her life with Carl.

Readers: Deborah Findlay and Henry Goodman

Written by Catrine Clay

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Burke

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.