by Walter Boechat (Brazil)
The Jung family tombstone at the Reformierte Kirchgemeinde, Küsnacht. Untere Heslibachstrasse 2, 8700 Küsnacht.
© Don Williams, 24 February 2003
During this current year the Jungian community is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of C.G.Jung's Death. The Executive Committee of IAAP decided to participate in this important occasion creating a special area at the website dedicated to the event. Analysts from many countries and different cultures are being invited to write about Jung's legacy to the contemporary world.
We want to pay tribute to the memory of C.G. Jung. In different ways, Jung’s ideas had a definitive mark in our lives. His concepts about spirituality and the unconscious, his way of approaching the psychic phenomenon and human destiny were completely new and revolutionary. Our approach to our patients’ ailments and our perception of our own sufferings were never the same after Jung.
Walter Boechat, chair
Publications & Communications Sub-Committee
IAAP Communications Officer
Close-up of C.G. Jung's name on the family tombstone.
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In Commemoration of the 50th anniversary
of the death of C. G. Jung (6th June 1961)
Joe Cambray, IAAP President (October 2011)
2011 is proving to be an auspicious year for the Jungian community as IAAP Group Members from around the world have had or will hold events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of C. G. Jung on 6th June 1961. This is providing opportunities for us to directly reflect upon Jung's legacy and deepen our appreciation for its value. On the actual date, there were multiple events at various centers in the Jungian community. As current president of the IAAP, I was privileged to briefly address a Memorial for Jung held on June 6 at the Kunsthaus in Zurich, which was organized by the Psychology Club of Zürich, the C.G. Jung-Institut Zürich/Küsnacht, the International School for Analytical Psychology Zürich (ISAPZURICH) and the Schweizerische Stiftung Museum für Analytische Psychologie nach Carl Gustav Jung (SMAP). This event was also co-sponsored by the Stiftung der Werke von C.G. Jung (WCGI), the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), the Association of Graduate Analytical Psychologists (AGAP), the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Analytische Psychologie (SGAP), the Philemon Foundation and the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Thus,… Read More
A Tribute to C.G. Jung
by Bou-Yong Rhi, Korea
When I came to Zurich in February, 1962 to study at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich, several months after the death of C.G. Jung, there was still an atmosphere of solemnity hovering over the Institute at Gemeindestr. 27. My encounter with the psychology of C.G. Jung had begun with personal analysis under Dr. Franz Riklin.
One asks about the legacy of C.G. Jung in the world, particularly in specific cultures. I can answer this question only through my personal experiences with Jungian analysis, his psychology, and through my confrontation with the West.
In Europe I had to undergo several phases of an acculturation process. At the beginning of life in Zurich I discovered my Confucian persona, my old conventional value system, which I hadn’t recognized at home, and which I had to critically review in the West. In his journey to Tunisia Jung wished to see himself and Europe from an entirely different culture. During his journeys to Africa, America and India C.G. Jung always observed his unconscious reactions, which reminded him of his tasks in Europe as a European. It was Jung who opened to me the way to rediscover… Read More
Interview with Dr. Thomas Kirsch on the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of C.G. Jung`s Death
by Walter Boechat
Chair, Publications & Communications Sub Committee
IAAP Communications Officer
Dr. Thomas Kirsch is the son of two first generation Jungian analysts, James and Hilde Kirsch, who began their analytic work with Jung in 1929.Through his family he met many of the first generation of Jungian analysts. He is a graduate of Yale Medical School (1961) and completed his psychiatric residency at Stanford Medical Center in 1965. A graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, he has served there in many capacities, including being president from 1976 - 1978. From 1977 until 1989 he served as a vice-president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and from 1989 - 1995 as president. He has also been a member of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis since 1976.'
Author of many papers on dreams, history of analytical psychology, and the analytic relationship, and editor of Jungian sections in encyclopedias and psychoanalytic dictionaries. Dr. Kirsch has published “The Jungians” a book on the history of analytical psychology.
In addition to his private practice, he is on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in San… Read More
Carl Gustav Jung, 50 years later
Maria Ilena Marozza (CIPA, Italy) and Stefano Carta (AIPA, Italy)
The 50th anniversary of Jung's death has been taken, by the two major Italian Jungian associations -AIPA and CIPA- as an opportunity to promote a reflection on his legacy to analytical psychology and his relevancy in our contemporary world. Therefore AIPA and CIPA have organized a joint conference with the title: 1961-2011. Carl Gustav Jung 50 years later, which will be held in Rome from November 18 to November 20, 2011.
For this conference, as organizers we have chosen an extremely agile structure that favors dialogue and open debate between the participants on topics that seem central in defining Jung's contribution to contemporary culture. In so doing we wanted to reconnect with and refocus on one of the most fundamental characteristics of Jungian thought, one that developed through a dialogue and a confrontation with Freudian psychoanalysis, with Bleuler’s psychiatry, with Janet’s dynamic psychology, with philosophy and history of religions, but also with some aspect of physics and chemistry.
It was from all these fields that Jung created models and metaphors with which to speak of the psyche, sensitive as he was to the cultural… Read More
Celebrating Jung’s Life in Zurich on the 50th Anniversay of his Death
by Murray Stein, Ph.D. (ISAPZurich)
The impact of Jung’s life and work on Switzerland is in some respects without doubt the greatest among all the nations in the world. Presently there are nearly 300 Jungian analysts working psychotherapeutically and otherwise active in this small country, which has a population of only some 8 million people, a population smaller than that of many cities of the world. There are three active Jungian training programs in Switzerland today, and at least a half dozen foundations dedicated to promoting the work of Jung. Imagine the numbers if similar proportions prevailed in large countries: Brazil (9,000 analysts), The United States (10,000 analysts), India (40,000 analysts), China (50,000 analysts)!
Moreover, Jung is generally recognized as the most famous Swiss physician since Paracelsus, the most famous Swiss psychiatrist of all time, and arguably stands tall among the ten most famous Swiss citizens in history, suprassed only and perhaps only marginally by William Tell.
And yet, despite all of this, Jung is oddly invisible in his own country today. There are no public statues of him in Zurich or elsewhere in Switzerland, no streets or… Read More
Jung for Africa
by Paul Ashton
At a meeting held in July 2011, four Southern African analysts met and discussed the issue of Jung’s relevance in Africa. The actual brief was that “Analysts from the five continents (were) being invited to write about Jung’s legacy to the contemporary world, focusing mainly on Jung's cultural meaning to their countries,” but between the beer and the pizza we had modified that brief. We met at a restaurant called Brueghel’s Pizza where each pizza was named after some artist, e.g. Picasso, Gauguin, or Rodin, and was presented with an artistic flourish. We started to view the pizzas as a metaphor for Jung in Africa and perhaps even more as images of the way “Out-of-Africans” can project what they will on this Dark Continent which has always been considered unknown and thus a wonderful screen on which to project one’s fantasies. Jung himself gave free rein to his fantasies when he visited Africa in 1925, and at the 17th IAAP congress held in Cape Town in 2007 it was apparent that both positive and negative projections were foisted on this the host country.
At different times at this meeting each of us was heard… Read More
Introduction: Dregs and the Soul
by Ruth Williams
'I must learn that the dregs of my thought, my dreams, are the speech of my soul. I must carry them in my heart, and go back and forth over them in my mind, like the words of the person dearest to me.' Carl Gustav Jung, The Red Book (2009)
We have long known that the period following his break with Freud was one Jung considered a ‘dark night of the soul’, a period of intense personal and spiritual turmoil, out of which Jung’s own mature ideas developed. It was as a result of this self-analysis that Jung became the first to advocate the importance of a training analysis (personal therapy) which is now universally accepted in psychotherapy trainings.
In ways that we might now consider commonplace in psychotherapy, Jung used what he later called 'active imagination’ to elaborate his dreams and visions in a series of notebooks which came to be known as The Red Book . Created between 1914 and 1930 and published for the first time in 2009, The Red Book immediately became an international bestseller, with sales of around 50,000 at a very high cover price indeed. Jung has… Read More
What Makes Jung, Jung?
by Christopher Hauke
On this fiftieth anniversary of Jung’s death I am grateful to have the opportunity to write briefly about the qualities that drew me to Jung’s approach to individual psychology and the collective psyche of modernity. I find that Jung’s ideas and his celebration of human potential offers me freedom to bring my own personality and perspectives in my approach to psychotherapy work without restriction from dogmatic theoretical views. What I find so valuable about Jungian and post-Jungian concepts is the contribution they make to our being more truly ourselves and more fully human.
As a psychotherapist at the beginning of the twenty-first century, you may find Jung’s analytical psychology overlooked in terms of its influence and relevance to modern psychotherapy. He certainly gets less mention than CBT and other approaches. But in fact Jung is the psychologist who first used terms and concepts such as the complex, extraversion, introversion, devised the first psychological experiments in his Word Association Test and produced an analysis of personality types eventually used throughout the world as the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Inventory.
In the consulting room, Jung’s humanistic, egalitarian perspective was demonstrated by his preference for… Read More
by Ann Shearer
What use is mythology to a practising analyst? Jung’s own answer was clear: myths provide contact with the archetypal world of the collective unconscious which is the deep bedrock of all human experience: ‘first and foremost’ they are ‘psychic phenomena that reveal that nature of the soul’ (Jung, 1959, para. 7). But even 25 years after his death, this central tenet seemed to be getting less relevant to Jungian practice on both sides of the Atlantic (Samuels, 1985; Singer, 1985). Nowadays, the old stories can seem at best a fascinating glimpse of the way humankind used to be, at worst a consciousness-numbing spiritual drug (Giegerich, 2004).
Living with the unknowable
Yet I wouldn’t be without Jung’s understanding of the mythic realm. These tales of the relationship between gods and humans – between the archetypal world and that of ego consciousness - continue to enrich my work and understanding. This doesn’t mean that I keep a diagnostic list of mythologems (‘Ah, Oedipus!’) against which to shape the individual stories that come my way. Aspects of an individual life may indeed uncannily recall a mythic narrative, and to explore this further may add new dimensions of understanding to the story. But… Read More
A new film from David Cronenberg about the early days of psychoanalysis will stimulate critique
A Most Dangerous Method is a film about Jung, Freud and Sabina Spielrein. If the film stays even moderately true to Christopher Hampton's National Theatre play The Talking Cure , we will witness Jung’s love affair with his patient (or was she an ex-patient?), the impact of the affair on his marriage to Emma, how Spielrein starts to shuttle between the two narcissistic oligarchs of the early psychoanalytic world (a compelling emblem of the belittlement of women’s role in intellectual endeavour, then and now) - and how the whole shish-kebab made the rupture between the two men into an inevitability.
Sex, not the theory of sexuality, is going to be the main interest. Maybe it will be the difference between sex and sexuality that will interest psychotherapists. In a way, this is apposite for, as John Kerr asserted in the book on which both play and the film are based, Freud and Jung each had something sexual on the other: Freud knew about Jung and Spielrein, Jung knew about Freud’s supposed incestuous affair with Minna Bernays, his sister-in-law.
The Jungian century
As we enjoy the… Read More