Mary Bancroft was just beginning her spy work for her new lover, Spy Master Allen Dulles. Her counselor, friend and subject of academic writing, psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, had not yet met Dulles but was quite interested in him.
Jung was deep into his theories of abstract consciousness and metaphysics, but he was no stranger to power politics. Men like Dulles, even Hitler, fascinated him from his theoretical perspectives. He would like to have Dulles as a case study, and his close friendship with Mary could lead to that.
He told Mary, “Your friend Dulles is quite a tough nut, isn’t he? I’m glad you’ve got his ear.” Jung said that men like Dulles, very ambitious and holding positions of power, needed to listen to what women were saying in order to exercise their best judgment and not go off the deep end.
Jung had already formally written that: “Women…always has been a source of information about things for which a man has no eyes. She can be his inspiration; her intuitive capacity, often superior to man’s, can give him timely warning, and her feelings, always directed toward the personal, can show him ways which his own less personally accented feeling would never have discovered.”
Jung knew that Mary would assist Dulles in this regard, but he would also find Dulles a remarkable blend of gender traits in that, while on the job of spy master, he would have an unexpected intuitive capacity and ability to play ever so subtly on the personal feelings of those working for him. This was Jung’s notion of woman. Away from spy work, Dulles acted as the Jungian man, having no eyes for things of which a woman is clearly conscious.
Dr. Jung had told Mary it would not be easy to get such a man’s ear. To the contrary, it was easy for Mary Bancroft, under the natural covers of work and romance.
I write of Mary’s life in my book: Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation — even crime.