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jungian analysts talking about therapy


"About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senseless-ness and emptiness of their lives. . . .

It is difficult to treat patients of this particular kind by rational methods, because they are in the main socially well-adapted individuals of considerable ability . . . . As for so-called normal people, I am even worse off in their regard, for I have no ready-made life-philosophy to hand out to them. In the majority of my cases, the resources of consciousness have been exhausted; the ordinary expression for this situation is: 'I am stuck.' It is chiefly this fact that forces me to look for hidden possibilities. For I do not know what to say to the patient when, he asks me: 'What do you advise? What shall I do?' I do not know any better than he. I know only one thing: that when to my conscious outlook there is no possible way of going ahead, and I am therefore 'stuck,' my unconscious will react to the unbearable standstill.

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In such cases, therefore, my attention is directed more particularly to dreams. This is not because I am tied to the notion that dreams must always be called to the rescue, or because I possess a mysterious dream-theory which tells me how everything must shape itself; but quite simply from perplexity. I do not know where else to go for help, and so I try to find it in dreams; these at lest present us with images pointing to something or other, and that is at any rate better than nothing. I have no theory about dreams; I do not know how dreams arise. I am altogether in doubt as to whether my way of handling dreams even deserves the name of 'method.'"

--C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul 70-71 (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1939)

"[T]he psychoanalytic aim is to observe the shadowy presentations--whether in the form of images or of feelings--that are spontaneously evolved in the unconscious psyche and appear without bidding to the man who looks within. In this way we find once more things that we have repressed or forgotten. Painful though it may be, this is in itself a gain--for that is inferior or even worthless belongs to me as my shadow and gives me substance and mass. . . . I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole; and inasmuch as I become conscious of my shadow I also remember that I am a human being like any other. . . . [T]his rediscovery of that which makes me whole restores the condition which preceded the neurosis or the splitting off of the complex."

--Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, at 40-41

"From the point of view of the depth psychologist, the primary goal in practice is to establish in the person with whom he is working a sensitivity to the inward process of the psyche. . . . To achieve this requires . . . personal psychological work in order to develop an intuitive sense and familiarity with what is taking place at the depth of the psyche, and above all, to develop a sensitivity to the symbolic style in which the movements in the psyche are expressed."

--Ira Progoff, The Symbolic and the Real: A New Psychological Approach to the Fuller Experience of Personal Existence 61 (New York: McGraw-Hill Paperback ed., 1973) (1963)


C.G. Jung on Therapy [online text]

Why Explore Jungian Psychology? [online text]

Primary Videos

What is Depth Psychology?
[1:50 mins.] [Stephen Aizenstat, founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute]

James Hollis: Commenting on Analytical Psychology
[2:16 mins.] [James Hollis is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C.] [Hollis talks about taking up Jungian psychology and on the nature of "depth psychology"; reference to the soul, and the need to live our lives more consciously; reference to the "shadow"; reference to statement that Jung made about neurosis] [active imagination]

June Singer: Boundaries of the Soul
[7:30 mins.] [Jeffrey Mishlove, Thinking Allowed] [end presentation at 4:02 mins.] [where Singer comments talking individuation and Jungian analysis; later reference to soul and "totality of the person"]

Psychotherapy Based on Depth Psychology
[8:08 mins.] [Lionel Corbett] [full version of the interview :: 28:59 mins] [reference to CBT and the contrast with depth psychology]

What Happens in Analysis?
[10:13 mins.] [John Betts, a Victoria, Canada Jungian psychoanalyst, discusses what happens in Jungian analytic sessions; analysis address many of the core issues in life; contends that, ultimately, what we are try to address "what is the psyche pointing you toward" ("what is the meaning you give to the way you live"; we need to know not just what the ego is saying, but how the unconsciously is symbolically representing itself] [end class viewing at 4:29 mins.]

C.G. Jung: The Reality of Images
[1:43 mins.] [Jung talks about the reality of mental images and how they create the visible world]

Murray Stein on Active Imagination
[9:32 mins.] [end presentation at 4:30 mins.] [low quality video]

On Jungian Analysis & Analysts

Note: In reading and thinking about Jung, I have always found Jungian analysts talking about their work with patients a grounded way of approaching Jung's ideas about the psyche and the unconscious. A book in this genre I recommend is June Singer's Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung's Psychology (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1972). Additional works by Jungian analysts about their work include: J. Marvin Spiegelman (ed.), Jungian Analysts: Their Visions and Vulnerabilities (Phoenix: Falcon Press, 1988) and Murray Stein (ed.), Jungian Analysis (Boulder, Colorado: Shambhala, 1982).

Jung Institutes

C.G. Jung Institute Boston | C.G. Jung Institute of New York

C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles | C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago | C.G. Jung Institute of Dallas

Philadelphia Jung Institute | Inter-Regional Society Jungian Analysts

Reference & Resources on Jung Compiled for the Course

A Documentary: C.G. Jung



Persona and Shadow


Collective Unconscious

Archetype of the Self


Jung's Red Book and Active Imagination Psychological Types and Functions

Active Imagination

Reference (Lionel Corbett | Depth Psychology in Psychotherapy)

Allen Bishop Interviews Lionel Corbett, a Jungian analyst
[5:34 mins.] [on the relationship of depth psychology and Freudian psychoanalysis]

Is Jung's Depth Psychology an Alternative to Religion?
[4:24 mins.]

Reference (Depth Psychology & Psychotherapy)

Jung for Our Age
[28:20 mins.]
Pt2 [28:35 mins.] [Ian Laird, a Jungian analyst talks about finding Jung and becoming a Jungian analyst]

Andrew Samuels on Jung and the Post-Jungians
[41:19 mins.] [Andrew Samuels commentary on Jungian therapy begins at 10:30 mins.; end at 17:10 mins.; references to images and transference]

Counseling Psychology with a Depth Psychology Perspective
[0:52 mins.] [Pacifica Graduate Institute]

Jungian and Archetypal Emphasis of the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program
[0:33 mins.] [Pacifica Graduate Institute]

Studying Depth Psychology with an Emphasis in Psychotherapy
[3:59 mins.]

Theories of Counseling: Analytic (Jungian) Therapy
[20:25 mins.] [audio]

An Introduction to Depth Psychology
[21:34 mins.] [a film by James Newll for the Depth Psychology Alliance]

International School of Analytical Psychology--Zurich
[11:34 mins.] [with Murray Stein interviewing Jungian analysts]

Eating Disorders and Depth Psychology
[3:22 mins.]

Jungians Speaking
[2:24 mins.]

A Jungian's View of Psychopathology
[1:13:31 mins.] [Dr. Terrance Wapshall] [2011] [begins with some general comments on Jung and his view of Jungians]

Jungian Analysts

James Hollis

James Hollis: Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis
[26:47 mins.]

In a Dark Wood: The Lore of Shadows
[2:16 mins.] [the dialogue between psychology and theology]

James Hollis: Why Good People Do Bad Things
[1:21:02 mins.] [audio]

James Hollis: Creating a Life
[1:32:06 mins.] [audio]

The Plight of Men
[1:03 mins.]

Murray Stein

Murray Stein on Jungian Psychotherapy
[6:29 mins.] [Zurich, 2008] [Murray Stein is a Jungian analyst] [begins with noting that Jungian psychotherapy has much in common with other forms of pschotherapy; differences lie in Jung's idea of "individuation and in methods used in the course of therapy] [transference and countertransference are also ideas shared with Freud, but are given a different interpretation] [Jungian psychotherapist welcome the client's dreams; they are actively sought]

Robert A. Johnson

Introduction to Inner Work
[4:35 mins.] Inner Work [13:51 mins.] [audio] Pt2 [12:29 mins.] Pt3 [10:15 mins.]

Initiation and the Modern Ego
[3:10 mins.]

Visions of God and the Meaning of Suffering
[8:23 mins.]

Attitude and the Power of Dreams
[4:19 mins.]

The Mother Complex
[2:57 mins.] [audio]

Mythology and Modern Life
[1:38 mins.]

Attitude and the Grail
[4:19 mins.]

Double Animus
[1:30:11 mins.] [audio]

Visions of God and the Meaning of Suffering
[8:23 mins.]

Marion Woodman

Healing Makes Whole
[0:34 mins.]

Marion Woodman & the Embodied Soul
[13:59 mins.]

Marie-Louise von Franz

Marie Louise von Franz
[4:31 mins.]

The Problem of Evil
[4:55 mins.]

A Civilization Needs a Myth
[2:10 mins.] [commenting on alchemy]

Remembering Jung
[1:01:15 mins.] [Marie Louise von Franz]

Edward Edinger

Edward Edinger: Individuation--A Myth for Modern Man
[1:30:05 mins.] [audio]

Edward Edinger: Encounters with the Greater Personality
[1:45:56 mins.] [audio] [ego and the self: two centers of the psyche (an idea that Edinger says is unique to Jungian psychology]

Christine Downing

The Wounded Healer
[1:24:12 mins.] [audio]

Gods In Out Midst: A Woman's View of the Masculine
[1:27:22 mins.] [audio]

June Singer

June Singer Interview
[7:29 mins.] [on individuation, Jungian analysis]

Andrew Samuels

Andrew Samuels on Jung and the Post-Jungians
[41:20 mins.] [Samuels talks about how he developed an interest in Jung (and his introduction to Jung by reading Ira Progoff's book, Jung and Social Meaning)]

On Politics and/in/of Therapy
[42:40 mins.]

The Return of the Individual
[2:34 mins.]

Jungian Analysis and Humanistic Psychotherapy
[2:05 mins.]

Ian Laird

Jung for Our Age
[28:20 mins.] Pt2 [28:34 mins.]

Jean Shinoda Bolen

Archetypal Psychology
[4:32 mins.]

[7:48 mins.] Pt2 [8:42 mins.]

The Future of Religion and Spirituality
[9:16 mins.]

Voices of Women
[15:01 mins.]

Transforming Suffering into Your Personal Myth
[7:02 mins.]

Indomitable Spirit in Activists & the Archetype of Artemis
[55:29 mins.]

The Goddess in Every Woman
[1:31:51 mins.] [audio]

Massimilla Harris

Facing the Death Mother
[1:19:23 mins.] [Zurich-trained Jungian analyst]

Into The Heart of the Feminine
[1:07:36 mins.]

Michael Conforti

Michael Conforti Interview
[9:58 mins.] Pt2 [3:03 mins.] Pt3 [3:54 mins.] Pt4 [4:38 mins.] Pt5 [4:13 mins.]

Dreams, CG Jung, and Marie-Louise von Franz
[1:14:14 mins.]

"The Language of Trauma": Jungian Michael Conforti in Dialogue with Bonnie Bright
[1:06:17 mins.]

Patterns in Psyche and the Natural World
[35:39 mins.] [audio interview]

Michael Conforti: Dreams, C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz
[1:14:14 mins.]

John Betts

John Betts Personal Introduction
[6:37 mins.]

Repetitive Dreams

[9:54 mins.]

Natural Disaster Dreams
[6:51 mins.]

John Beebe

On Becoming a Jungian
[1:11:57 mins.]

Reference (Jung & Depth Psychologists)

C. G. Jung, Neglected in His Native Switzerland
[5:36 mins.]

Joe Cambray, Talks About His Journey To Depth Psychology
[3:43 mins.]

What Is Depth Psychology? Panel Discussion
[1:10:13 mins.] Pt2 [1:35:08 mins.]

Thom F. Cavalli on "The Self"
[4:49 mins.] [a Jungian psychologist talks about the self and the ego]

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