1st Edition

The Spectre of the Other in Jungian Psychoanalysis Political, Psychological, and Sociological Perspectives

Edited By Marybeth Carter, Stephen Farah Copyright 2023
    228 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Winner of the IAJS Book Award 2023 for 'Best Edited Book'

    Winner of the 2023 Gradiva Award for 'Best Edited Book'

    This volume explores Jung’s theories in relation to the concept of Other and in conjunction with the lived experience of it, while examining current events and cultural phenomena through the lens of Jungian and post-Jungian psychology, sociology, literature, film and philosophy.

    The contributors examine global expressions of these various viewpoints, disciplines and life experiences and how cultural, political and sociological complexes evoke challenges as well as invitations to the idea of the Other from intersecting and convergent perspectives.

    The Spectre of the Other in Jungian Psychoanalysis is timely and important reading for Jungian and post-Jungian analysts, therapists, academics, students and creatives.

    Editor's Preface 

    Marybeth Carter and Stephen Anthony Farah

    Foreword: Jung and the Other in Historical and Theoretical Perspectives  

    Renos K. Papadopoulos

    Introduction: Sinking Like a Stone: Activism, Analysis and the Role of the Academy  

    Andrew Samuels

    Part I: The Transpersonal Other: Dreams, Ancestors and the Psyche  

    1. Jung’s Fantasies of Africa and the Individuation Process, and Africa's Healing of Analytical Psychology  

    Roger Brooke

    2. The Spectre and Its Movement: The Dynamic of Intra- and Transgenerational Influence 

    Stephani Stephens

    3. Satan's Mouth or Font of Magic: What Is It About the Anus? 

    Marybeth Carter

    4. My Kinky Shadow: The Poetics of the Sadomasochistic Other 

    Douglas Thomas

    5. The White Lion as Symbol of the Archetype of the Self and the Cannibalization of the Self in Canned Hunting 

    Denise Grobbelaar

    Part II: Sociopolitical Lives of Otherness: Pain & Possibility 

    6. In Remembrance and Celebration of Other 

    Fanny Brewster 

    7. Encountering the Other: The White Shadow 

    Karen H. Naifeh

    8. Sitting on the Impossible Bench: Reflections on the Bridge between Social and Analytic Justice 

    Gustavo Beck

    9. Jung’s Others: Society, Nationalism and Crowds 

    Johann Graaff

    10. Picturing the Sámi and Participation Mystique 

    Barbara Helen Miller

    Part III: The Mythopoetic Other through Film, Art and Literature 

    11. On Being an Other 

    John Beebe

    12. The Freak: In Search of Jung’s Second Personality 

    Stephen Anthony Farah

    13. ONE PIECE: Diversity and Borderlessness 

    Konoyu Nakamura

    14. What Is It about The Singing Ringing Tree?

    Amanda Hon


    Marybeth Carter is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Southern California and a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. She serves on the board of directors of the International Association for Jungian Studies.

    Stephen Anthony Farah is the co-founder and head of learning at The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies based in Cape Town, South Africa. He serves as co-chair of the International Association for Jungian Studies.

    'The Spectre of the Other in Jungian Psychoanalysis could not be timelier nor more important. This superb collection of new research dissects Jung’s eurocentrism, diagnoses his racism and repositions his psychoanalysis as uniquely poised to bring transdisciplinary illumination to the Other in a twenty-first century of multiple crises. Drawing on indigenous, artistic, historical and psychological perspectives, The Spectre of the Other is an international volume extending clinical research into the collective. It thereby reinvigorates Jungian studies by enlarging the scope of the field. No serious scholar of psychology and othering can afford to miss it.'

    Susan Rowland, author of Jungian Arts-based Research and the Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico (2021)

    'This bold volume gives flesh and blood specificity to the notion of the Other, a term which can easily feel like an all-purpose nostrum when applied indiscriminately. The insightful contributors to this finely differentiated book enable us to explore the Other as it appears in the creative arts, sociology, psychology and even the ultimate Other, the anus.'

    Thomas Singer, editor of the award-winning Cultural Complexes and The Soul of America

    'Open this marvellous book to any page, and you will discover another facet of that protean notion of the Other that you likely have not considered before. These chapters evoke the cultural complexes emergent from contributors from seven countries encompassing intrapsychic, sociocultural, historical and archetypal dimensions. The essential paradox of the Other, in eternal syzygy with the Self, is revealed as both the sine qua non of consciousness and unconscious shadow laden with destructive potential – and as that third which unites these seeming opposites. Illuminating, erudite and crucially relevant to our times, this book is a rich feast for mind, heart and soul.'

    Frances Hatfield, senior training analyst at the C. G. Jung Institutes of San Francisco and Santa Fe, poetry editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, and author of Rudiments of Flight

    'This ground-breaking collection of essays – expertly curated by Marybeth Carter and Stephen Farah – captures the archetypal valence of the pressing struggles and conflicts faced by humanity in the 21st century. No stone is left unturned, as the authors fearlessly tackle wide-ranging topics, detailing how alterity is constellated and expressed by the psyche. The key question readers are forced to ask is: what do we do when we are conscious of how processes of othering materialise? In this regard, The Spectre of the Other in Jungian Psychoanalysis: Political, Psychological and Sociological Perspectives practices what it preaches; it marks a paradigmatic shift in Jungian and post-Jungian studies. While the book explores topics and presents methods that are second nature to the field, it also unapologetically confronts, in equal measure, the very issues that have been ignored and banished to the fringes. By making that which is unconscious, conscious, the book’s ethos is completely aligned with the topic with which it so skilfully engages. Stated another way, this collection will stand the test of time, not only because of its vision and intersectional spirit, but also because it captures where our field has been and points to where it is going – indeed, where it needs to go.'

    Kevin Lu, PhD, Head of Department, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

    'This important and innovative collection of chapters inspired by the IAJS international conference held in Cape Town covers a wide range of in-depth perspectives that creatively examine the ever-prescient phenomenology of the Other through three parts: the Transpersonal Other; the Socio-Political Lives of Otherness and the Mythopoetic Other as explored through Film, Art and Literature. Each chapter, written by talented and experienced Jungian analysts, psychotherapists and academics, explores fresh perspectives on the theme of otherness, particularly during times of global crises where blame and scapegoating the Other becomes increasingly visible and open to complex, interdisciplinary and international scrutiny. '

    Dr. Phil. Elizabeth Brodersen, accredited training analyst, supervisor and member of the research commission of the C.G. Jung Institute, Küsnacht, Zürich