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Jungian Analysis, Depth Psychology, and Soul The Selected Works of Thomas B. Kirsch

By Thomas B. Kirsch Copyright 2018
    186 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    186 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Thomas Kirsch is one of the foremost architects of the contemporary Jungian scene and has influenced the evolution and organization of analytical psychology worldwide. His works on the history of Jungian analysis and his memoir of a "Jungian life" have been widely appreciated and this book contains important examples of these interests. Gathered together in The Selected Works are Kirsch’s original and humane contributions to diverse areas, such as: training and the dynamics of analytical institutions; clinical themes in Jungian analysis and how these differ from what typically happens in psychoanalytic treatment; as well as a continuation of his remarkable work into the personalities and prejudices that characterize the profession of Jungian analysis.

    As Andrew Samuels observes in his foreword, "In these chapters, we see Tom’s humanity, generosity and flexibility". Given the multifarious dynamics of the training community, Kirsch accepts that things can sometimes go wrong, and he is open about his experiences in this regard. For Kirsch, rather than a simple question of psychologically damaged people becoming analysts, the figure of the "Wounded Healer" is always present in depth psychology.

    Kirsch is an exceptionally gifted communicator and several of these chapters stem from lectures and conference presentations. However, behind the appearance of informality emerges, not only a formidable intellect at work, but a warm and compassionate perspective on the human condition. The Selected Works will be of vital interest to analysts, therapists, trainees, academics, and students working in the areas of Jungian analysis and Jungian studies around the world.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword v

    Acknowledgements x

    Chapter 1 1

    The Relationship of the REM State to Analytical Psychology

    From the American Journal of Psychiatry, 124, no 10, April 1968

    Chapter 2 12

    The Practice of Multiple Analyses in Analytical Psychology

    From Contemporary Psychoanalysis 12, no 2, April 1976

    Chapter 3 24

    Jungian Analysis

    From the International Encyclopedia of Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Neurology, edited by Benjamin B. Wolman, Aesculapius Publishers, 1977

    Chapter 4 37

    Analysis in Training

    From Jungian Analysis, edited by Murray Stein, Open Court Press, 1995

    Chapter 5 56

    Family Matters: The Descendants of Jung and Freud

    From the Journal of Analytical Psychology 43, no 1, January 1998

    Chapter 6 70

    Jungian Diaspora

    From The Psychoanalytic Review 89, no 5, October 2002

    Chapter 7 78

    Toni Wolff–James Kirsch Correspondence

    From the Journal of Analytical Psychology 48, no 4, September 2003

    Chapter 8 90

    History of Analytical Psychology

    From Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis,
    edited by Joseph Cambray and Linda Carter, Routledge 2004

    Chapter 9 135

    Thomas B. Kirsch Interviews Edward Edinger, December 4, 1996

    From The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, 23, no 2, 2004

    Chapter 10 155

    Cultural Complexes in the History of Jung, Freud and Their Followers

    From The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society,
    edited by Thomas Singer and Samuel L. Kimbles, Routledge 2004

    Chapter 11 173

    The Role of Personal Therapy in the Formation of a Jungian Analyst

    From The Psychotherapist’s Own Psychotherapy: Patient and Clinical Perspectives,
    edited by Jesse D. Geller, John C. Norcross, and David E. Orlinsky,
    Oxford University Press 2005

    Chapter 12 184

    The Legacy of C. G. Jung

    From Who Owns Jung? edited by Ann Casemont, Karnac Books, 2007

    Chapter 13 203

    Joseph Lewis Henderson 1903–2007: A Biography

    From Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, 2, no 1, 2008

    Chapter 14 233

    A Visit to Hildemarie Streich

    From Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, 3, no 2, 2009


    Chapter 15 239

    Reflections on the Word ‘Jungian’

    From Cultures and Identities in Transition: Jungian Perspectives,
    edited by Murray Stein and Raya A. Jones, Routledge 2010

    Chapter 16 254

    C.G. Jung: 50 Years After His Death

    From the International Journal of Jungian Studies, 3, no 2, September 2011

    Chapter 17 266

    Preface to The Jung-Kirsch Letters

    From The Jung-Kirsch Letters: The Correspondence of C. G. Jung and James Kirsch,
    edited by Ann Conrad Lammers, Routledge 2011

    Chapter 18 278

    Introduction to First Reflections:
    Initial Responses to C. G. Jung’s Red Book (Liber Novus)

    Based on essays presented in San Francisco, 4–6 June 2010

    From The Red Book: Reflections on C.G. Jung’s Liber Novus,
    edited by Thomas B. Kirsch and George Hogenson, Routledge 2013

    Chapter 19 283

    A Lifelong Reading of Jung

    From How and Why We Still Read Jung: Personal and Professional Reflections,
    edited by Jean Kirsch and Murray Stein, Routledge 2013

    Chapter 20 307

    Jung’s Relationship with Jews and Judaism

    From Analysis and Activism: Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology,
    edited by Emilija Kiehl, Mark Saban, and Andrew Samuels, Routledge, 2016


    Thomas B. Kirsch is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Palo Alto, California, and the son of two first-generation Jungian analysts, James and Hilde Kirsch, who began their analytic work with C. G. Jung in 1929. He graduated from Yale Medical School (1961), did his residency in psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and then spent two years with the National Institute of Mental Health in San Francisco. He completed his Jungian training at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco (1968). He was president of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco from 1976–8, served on the executive committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, 1977–95, and was IAAP president 1989–95. Dr. Kirsch was the co-editor of the Jungian Section of the International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry, and Neurology (1977), as well as editor of the Jungian section of the three-volume International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis edited by Alain de Mijolla, 2005. He is the author of The Jungians: A Comparative and Historical Perspective (Routledge 2000), consulting editor of The Jung-Kirsch Letters (Routledge 2011), the correspondence between his father James Kirsch and C. J. Jung, as well as the author of many published chapters in books, articles in scientific journals, and book reviews. He co-edited with George Hogenson The Red Book: Reflections on C.G. Jung’s Liber Novus (Routledge 2013), and his memoir, A Jungian Life, was published in 2014. For more information on Dr. Kirsch, see his website at www.jungians.com.