The following biography of C.A. Meier by Thomas Lavin, Ph.D., was published in 1989, well before Professor C.A. Meier's death (1905-1995). This text was published in Italian in the book, Psicologia Analitica Contemporanea (ISBN 88-452-1386-2; ed. Carlo Trombetta. Milano, Bompiani, 1989) and appears for the first time in English here. Thomas Lavin is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute-Zürich (1975) and is a member of Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts and of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.
Professor C.A. Meier: Scientist and Healer of Souls
Chapter I. Formative Years (1905-1931)
Professor C.A. Meier : Scientist and Healer of Souls
IV. THE SCHOLAR-PHYSICIAN: MASTER PERIOD (1945-1970)
The Standard Bearer
The end of World War II in 1945 marked the beginning of a new era of freedom for both Meier and Jungian psychology. During the war years, Meier had lived a split existence in which his time was necessarily divided between his military responsibilities and his therapeutic practice in Zurich. Once the war was over, Meier was freer to be his own man and to focus his time and tremendous energy on those areas which he was forced to neglect during the war. When Meier… Read More
. . . What he wrote did not belong to his previous canon of dispassionate, academic essays on psychiatry. Nor was it a straightforward diary. It did not mention his wife, or his children, or his colleagues, nor for that matter did it use any psychiatric language at all. Instead, the book was a kind of phantasmagoric morality play, driven by Jung’s own wish not just to chart a course out of the mangrove swamp of his inner world but also to take some of its riches with him. It was this last part — the idea that a person might move beneficially between the poles of the rational and irrational, the light and the dark, the conscious and the unconscious — that provided the germ for his later work and for what analytical psychology would become. . . .
Photographs by Thomas Hannich.
The article, The Holy Grail of the Unconscious, appears in the New York Times Magazine, Sept. 16, 2009. The exact URL for the article and the illustrations is http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/magazine/20jung-t.html?ref=magazineRead More
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