Deutsche Gesellschaft für Analytische Psychologie
The collapse of communist rule in Eastern Europe has opened new opportunities for individual and social development. At the same time we are able to see more clearly how life under dictatorial circumstances has shaped people, especially those who – because of their political nonconformity – have been subject to repressive measures of the state. According to official estimations, in East Germany from 1945 until 1989 more than 300,000 people were imprisoned because of political motives. In addition to these, there is the multitude of people who were subject to spying and tracking methods because they got into the sights of the Staatssicherheit (GDR State Security, also known as Stasi) on flimsy grounds. Especially for these cases, the Staatssicherheit developed the so-called “Operative Psychology”, in which know-how from psychiatry, personality diagnosis, developmental psychology, psychotherapy and neighbouring sciences were gathered to generate directly applicable subtle methods of manipulation and disintegration of the individual.
The “Operative Psychology” was also used in the recruitment of state security personnel, but it particularly aimed at undermining the activities… Read More
Society of Analytical Psychology
No school of psychotherapy is making a greater contribution to the alleviation of the suffering of the world today than Jungian analysis and analytical psychology.
How wonderful to be able to say such a thing, with hand on heart! Here we are, supposedly the most unworldly, introverted, even mystically- inclined group of therapists on the planet, getting passionately involved in a huge range of cultural, social and political problems. We are part of the attempt to recover the political from the swamps into which it has sunk in many countries, not just detached commentators upon such an attempt. This turnaround probably derives its energy from a sense that the change of direction was urgently needed, perhaps as reparation for past misjudgments. Anyway, the job is well started and is carried out these days by so many of us that I don’t think I can produce a list of names. There are so many of you in this hall who have sensed the danger of losing the revolutionary idealism of Jung’s pioneering… Read More
(Congress Program Chair) New York, USA
Jungian Psychoanalytic Association
When it fulfills its purpose, an IAAP Congress sharpens our focus and intensifies our curiosity. The issues addressed in our triennial meetings impact our discourse, our curriculum, and publications during and beyond the three years until the next meeting.
Thanks to the speakers’ presentations and the discussions from the floor, the intentions for this Sixteenth IAAP Congress have been well realized. Our formal and informal exchanges have brought us to edges of new experience, and moved us beyond the states of mind of only days ago. As we emerge with new considerations and insights, the Congress is nearly a memory. As a memory, it can already be recalled, sorted through, and brought to bear as we move forward.
Before we disperse, we gather for a retrospective of the Congress, and prospectives on the current and future state of Analytical Psychology. I have one glimpse into the states of mind of our membership gleaned from the 250 proposals submitted in 2002 for this week in Barcelona. I am joined… Read More
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Analytische Psychologie
(Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts, Honorary Member)
It is an honor to be allotted time at this Congress to express some personal thoughts. I want to underscore that these ruminations are strictly my own, though they also include what I have pasted together from many individual conversations. I ask you to keep this in mind. I take full responsibility for them. Perhaps they will irritate you; or they may provoke you to make your own reflections on where the IAAP is today in its corporate life and where it is going.
As president of the IAAP for the past three years, I have been standing on the shoulders of the ten former presidents: Luigi Zoja, Verena Kast, Tom Kirsch, Hans Dieckmann, Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig, Gerhard Adler, Joseph Wheelwright, Franz Riklin, Robert Moody, and C.A. Meier. The view has been extraordinary. One can see far with such good elevation and hindsight. I name them to evoke the dimension of our institutional history. I am grateful for these ancestral spirits. The… Read More
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