In the first graduate course in psychology that I taught the students were disturbed to find original writings of Freud and Jung on the reading list. They came to me and complained that the reading was too difficult. These were mature students, already working in the field, and they were intimidated by the original works of major writers. They had been educated for years with textbooks that systematized and summarized the theories of the founding psychologists. But a textbook is a reduction of subtle thought into a simple outline. In the process of strwamlining a complicated thought, soul is lost. The beauty of the writings of Freud, Jung, Erickson, Klein and others lies in their complexity, in the innner contradictions that appear from work to work, and in the personal quirks and biases that are everywhere in the original writings and nowhere in the textbooks. You couldn’t find quirkier writings than Freud and Jung, and in their personal styles lies the soul of their work.
– Thomas Moore, in Care of the Soul
The attitude of those students sums up in a nutshell everything that is wrong with modern psychotherapy.