Astrid Berg, M.D. , was born in Pretoria in 1950 of German immigrant parents. She studied medicine at the University of Pretoria, and Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. She was part of the first group of trainees in Jungian Analysis in Cape Town and was accepted as an inpidual member of the IAAP in 1992. Dr. Berg is one of the founding members of SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts) and its current president. She joined the IAAP Executive Committee as the representative of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts after SAAJA was elected to the Executive Committee at the 1998 IAAP Congress in Florence/Firenze. (Photo: Courtesy of Astrid Berg)
Astrid works as a Child Psychiatrist at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town and is a senior consultant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. She also has a part-time private practice for adult analysands. Her main interest is in Infant Mental Health, and she has established a Parent-Infant Mental Health Service under the auspices of the University of Cape Town.
The following interview began in late August with an exchange of e-mail which continued over two months… Read More
John Gosling, M.D. (NYAAP)
I am of Anglo Celtic ancestry but born in South Africa and now living in the U.S. for the past 20 years. What is my "tribal identity?" Where do I call "home?" I have a merged identity. When I step onto South African soil, my soul recognizes that I am "home." The colors, smells, sunsets, flavors, foods, trees, towns and "my" people - they are familiar and my soul "knows" them. Despite the meaningful friendships and roots I have developed in the Untied States, despite my own personal and professional growth that has occurred here, I remain an alien, an outsider. This is a blessing and a curse. It allows me to resist collective activations currently constellated in this country such as the current fervor for war, the blind yet seemingly ubiquitous "patriotism" and almost unconditional support of a despotic regime. However, it also leaves me feeling estranged with no sense of belonging. My roots can only go so deep in this "foreign" soil, and no further.
Like Astrid, I grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era with the threat of the imminent "black danger" drummed into my psyche.… Read More
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