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Edward Armstrong Bennet

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Edward Armstrong Bennet

Edward Armstrong Bennet MC, (21 October 1888 – 7 March 1977) was an Anglo-Irish decorated army chaplain during World War I, a British and Indian Army psychiatrist in the rank of brigadier during World War II, hospital consultant and author.[1]

He is known for his long collaboration with Carl Jung which started in the early 1930s and whom he invited to give the influential Tavistock Lectures in London in 1935.[2][3] He is regarded as one of the earliest practising Jungian analysts in the United Kingdom.[4]


Born in Poyntzpass, Co. Down Northern Ireland, Bennet was educated at Campbell College, Trinity College, Dublin (twice), and Ridley Hall, Cambridge.[1]


After studying Philosophy and Theology at Trinity College, Dublin, Bennet went to Ridley Hall where he was ordained into the Church of England. During the First World War he served as a military chaplain and was awarded the Military Cross for "conspicuous bravery".[1] After hostilities ended he returned to Trinity College, Dublin where he qualified in Medicine in 1925.[1] In 1925 he moved to London, where he obtained a post in the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases.[1][5][6] He also joined the Tavistock Clinic, then led by Hugh Crichton-Miller, as an honorary psychiatrist.[1] In the early 1930s he met the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung and invited him to London to give the "Tavistock lectures" in 1935. He was awarded a Doctor of Science degree in 1939. [1]

During World War II Bennet served a command psychiatrist in the India Command and in the 11th Army Group.[1] He was promoted to brigadier. After the war he resumed his close collaboration with Jung which lasted until the latter's death in 1961.[1] He also joined the Royal Bethlem and the Maudsley Hospitals where he remained until his retirement in 1955.[1] He carried on a private practice and was active on church and medical committees.[1] Bennet was for a time a member of the newly formed Society of Analytical Psychology, but fell out with its leader, Michael Fordham. There was a brief reconciliation, however, Bennet resigned permanently in 1963.[7][8]

Committee work

He served on:[citation needed]


Bennet was married to Eveline, his co-author of Meetings with Jung.[1]


In English:

  • What Jung Really Said. Schocken Books; 4th Revised edition (1 July 1995) ISBN 978-0805210460
  • C.G. Jung. Chiron, 2006 ISBN 9781888602357
  • Meetings with Jung: Conversations Recorded During the Years, 1946-1961. Daimon Books, 1992 ISBN 9783856305017
  • “Hysteria, a Disorder of Social Integration”, (Thesis), Bennet, E. A., 1930.
  • The Quality of Leadership (Paper)
  • "The Psychopathology of Sexual Perversions". E. A. Bennet, M.C., M.D., D.P.M. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. June 1, 1933

In translation:

  • Jung og hans tankeverden
  • Τι είπε στ' αλήθεια ο Γιούνγκ
  • A normalização como instrumento de inovação e competitividade na MPE
  • Ce que jung a vraiment dit

See also

Marion Woodman


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Bennet, Edward Armstrong; Bennet, Eveline (1985). Meetings with Jung: Conversations Recorded During the Years 1946-1961. Switzerland: Daimon verlag. ISBN 978-3-856305017. with a biographical introduction on Bennet by Marie-Louise von Franz
  2. ^ Jung, C.G. (1977). The Symbolic Life: Miscellaneous Writings, Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 18, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-09892-0
  3. ^ Jung, C.G. (1977). The Symbolic Life: Miscellaneous Writings, Collected Works of C. G. Jung, vol. XXVIII, London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-09895-3
  4. ^ Fordham Michael (1998). Roger Hobdell (ed.). Freud, Jung, Klein-- the Fenceless Field: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Analytical Psychology. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415186155.
  5. ^ "West End Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, 91 Dean Street, Soho, W1". Lost hospitals of London. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  6. ^ "West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases". National Archives.
  7. ^ Casement, A. (1995). "A Brief History of Jungian Splits in the United Kingdom". Journal of Analytical Psychology. 40 (3): 327–342. doi:10.1111/j.1465-5922.1995.00327.x.
  8. ^ Kirsch, Thomas B. (2012). The Jungians: A Comparative and Historical Perspective. Routledge. p. 41. ISBN 9781134725519.

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