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Jungian Reflections on Systemic Racism
Members of an American Psychoanalytic Community on Training, Practice and Inclusivity

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ISBN 9781032318035
June 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This important collection explores the attitude of white supremacy in analytic psychology starting with its founder, Carl Gustav Jung, utilizing Jungian analytic theory to explore ways in which the erroneous promotion of race ideology in psychoanalysis may be unmasked and corrected to further psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Information Classification: General The book examines pejorative othering through intrapsychic and inter-relational lenses, identifying under-addressed attitudes and behaviors in which analytic training programs and learning communities may promote an attitude of white supremacy which lurks within Jungian theory. Through personal experiences and clinical vignettes, the authors exemplify a psychoanalytic method of deconstructing systematized and systemic racism within Jungian theory and within the practices of Jungians. In doing so, they utilize the specificity and ingenuity of Jung’s analytic paradigm to offer insight into the work of anti-racism from a depth psychological perspective. The result of a unique collaboration of analysts and analysts-in-training who participate within the same Jungian learning community in New York City, this collection challenges Jungian analysts and organizations to reckon with ethnic and colour biases and to engage the hero’s journey toward forgiveness, reconciling to diversity in promotion of greater individuation and increased organizational/communal inclusivity.

Jungian Reflections on Systemic Racism is a must-read for psychoanalytic students, trainees, supervisors, and practitioners, as well as for clinicians, medical professionals, social workers, mental health professionals, sociologists, and anyone interested in social studies and the wide impact of the unscientific construct of a race.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


Harry Wells Fogarty


Christopher J. Carter and Tiffany Houck-Loomis

The Structure of this Book

1. Time for Space at the Table: an African-American / Native-American analyst-in-training's first hand reflections. A call for the IAAP to publicly denounce (but not erase) the White supremacist writings of C.G.Jung

Christopher Jerome Carter

Appendix A: A call for the International Association for Analytrical Psychology to take corrective actions, publicly denunciating (but not erasing) the White supremacist writings of Carl Gustav Jung

Christopher Jerome Carter

2. The Paradox and the Primitive and Jung's Relation to 'Negroes'

Ann Ulanov

3. The Smoking Mirror

Deborah Fausch

4. On Failings

Sherry Salman

5. From Ghost to Ancestor: transforming Jung's radical complex

Amy Bentley Lamborn

6. The Whiteness Complex: breaking the spell

John Michael Hayes

7. The Sunken Place: silence as the propagation of toxic whiteness

Tiffany Houck-Loomis

8. Reparative Transgression: a psychoanalytic institute reckons- and does not reckon- with its own racism

Sarah J. Braun


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Christopher Jerome Carter, MDiv, ThM, PhD, LP, is certified in Jungian analysis. A member of the JPA, the NAAP and the IAAP, he practices in New York. ‘Time for space at the table’ (Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2021, 66, I, 70-92) was awarded the 2021 Gradiva Award (NAAP).

Tiffany Houck-Loomis, MDiv, PhD, LP is a practicing Jungian analyst in NYC and serves as the current Director of Training of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Associaiton. She is the author of ‘A Womb of One’s Own: Trauma, the Transcendent and the Transference in the Borderline Phenomenon’ (2021, Journal for Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 22:1, 16-27).


"Jungian Reflections on Systematic Racism: Members of an American Psychoanalytic Community on Training, Practice, and Inclusivity is a unique new book co-edited by Jungian Psychoanalysts Christopher Carter and Tiffany Houck-Loomis, both members of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (NY). The brilliant uniqueness of this book is its' stellar light shone on the darkness of the racialized aspects of Jungian training that is seen in print. Bravo! For the courage of the book's authors. This book belongs on the shelf of every psychoanalyst in training and every professional in the field of Psychology"

Dr. Fanny Brewster, Jungian Analyst, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Instittue, and author of The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race (Routledge, 2019)


"Christopher J. Carter and Tiffany Houck-Loomis' wonderful book, Jungian Reflections on Systemic Racism, provides a container for our potential encounters with Jung's relations to racialized cultural complexes that appear both in his writings and in analytic training institutes. The contributors find that some of C.G. Jung's writings appear to mirror colonial attitudes, a kind of Social Darwinism, even as Jung's writings offer a theory of individuation as a potential. Reflecting upon Jung, this book's contributors make space and give voice to their encounters with the unconcious, exemplifying ways of working with our own racialized complexes"

Samuel Kimbles, PhD, author Intergenerational Complexes in Analytical Psychology: The Suffering of Ghosts (Routledge, 2021).


"Jungian Reflections on Systemic Racism is a hugely significant and original volume. Based on experiences in Jungian analysis and institutional life, but going beyond that community to embrace all approaches to psychotherapy, it offers a demonstration of how to divest our profession from its role in systemic- and casual- racism. With great frankness, the authors consider individual attitudes, responsibilities, and roles. This is the basis on which they seek to reframe approaches, teachings, and writings on ethnic, cultural and social dimensions of experience in therapy and society"

Andrew Samuels, author of The Political Psyche (Routledge, 2015) and A New Therapy for Politics? (Routledge, 2015).