In the Spotlight – Murray Stein

Murray Stein Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich (ISAP- ZURICH). He was a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts and he served as President of the IAAP from 2001 to 2004 and as President of The International School of Analytical Psychology-Zurich from 2008 to 2012.

Murray Stein has a comprehensive background in the academic field: English Literature and Theology (B.A. and M.DIV.) from Yale University and Religion and Psychological Studies (Ph.D.) from the University of Chicago. This is a background which, in combination with his Jungian training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich (1969-1973), has influenced his extensive and rich writing as well as his numerous international lectures.

When Murray served in the IAAP administration, thanks to his organizational skills, the formation of the Developing Groups and the start of the Router Program for Individual Membership in the IAAP around the world really took off and made it possible for persons from countries far away from a certified IAAP training institute to graduate and become members of the IAAP. Personally, I first became acquainted with Murray in 2001 when, together with a colleague, I was appointed as Liaison Person for Estonia. And later he became our much-appreciated external examiner at the Danish Jung Institute, a position he has now held for more than 15 years. Both we and our training candidates continue to benefit from his extensive knowledge within all key areas of analytical psychology.

Murray is the author of numerous articles and books – see  and His book Jung’s Map of the Soul is on the reading list of several (most?) Jungian trainings including the IAAP Router Training. For many years his book In MidLife has likewise been a bestseller. Murray has the ability to write about deep and complicated subjects, so they become understandable. His books Transformation – Emergence of the Self;  Jung’s Treatment of Christianity and The Principle of Individuation are examples of this. Murray has also throughout the years edited numerous books, e.g., Jung’s Red Book for Our Time Series (with Thomas Arzt); Jungian Psychoanalysis and Confronting Cultural Trauma (with Grazina Gudaite) to mention a few. His Collected Writings are now being published with 6 volumes in print so far.

Murray’s interest in and understanding of what is happening in the contemporary world is reflected in the way he can inspire us to think in different contexts; to look toward other countries and other cultures and become enriched – or to become aware of contradictions that need to be confronted. I was very pleased when Murray asked me if, in my administration, we should begin the process of reflecting upon the fundamental values of the IAAP.  It is a great pleasure to work together with Murray on such a complex and important project.

Misser Berg

You may also read the interview from the March 2015 IAAP News Sheet where Murray Stein is interviewed by Emilija Kiehl. Click HERE to open a pdf-version of the interview.

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