Introduction to Jungian Psychology: Notes of the Seminar on Analytical Psychology Given in 1925

Introduction to Jungian Psychology: Notes of the Seminar on Analytical Psychology Given in 1925

Introduction to Jungian Psychology: Notes of the Seminar on Analytical Psychology Given in 1925

Introduction to Jungian Psychology: Notes of the Seminar on Analytical Psychology Given in 1925

Synopsis

In 1925, while transcribing and painting in his Red Book, C. G. Jung presented a series of seminars in English in which he spoke for the first time in public about his early spiritualistic experiences, his encounter with Freud, the genesis of his psychology, and the self-experimentation he called his "confrontation with the unconscious," describing in detail a number of pivotal dreams and fantasies. He then presented an introductory overview of his ideas about psychological typology and the archetypes of the collective unconscious, illustrated with case material and discussions concerning contemporary art. He focused particularly on the contra-sexual elements of the personality, the anima and the animus, which he discussed with the participants through psychological analyses of popular novels, such as Rider Haggard's She. The notes from these seminars form the only reliable published autobiographical account by Jung and the clearest and most important account of the development of his work.


This revised edition features additional annotations, information from the Red Book, and an introduction by Sonu Shamdasani, Philemon Professor of Jung History at University College London.

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From a historical perspective, these seminars were in many respects the most important that Jung ever delivered, as they are the only reliable firsthand source in which Jung speaks of the development of his ideas and his self-experimentation, which gave rise to his Red Book, Liber Novus. However, they have never widely received the attention they deserve. In 1989 they were published in the Bollingen Series in an edition edited by William McGuire (1917–2009). The edition was prepared to a high standard. The publication of Liber Novus provides an opportunity for a new presentation of the seminars, as Jung’s discussion here now appears in a new light. With this revised Philemon Series edition, a new introduction has been added, together with cross references to the material Jung refers to in Liber Novus, as well as further additional notes with new information. These have been identified by 2012. Mistakes in the 1989 edition have been silently omitted. Further research has shown that the passages from Joan Corrie’s ABC of Jung’s Psychology identified as being from this seminar, and reproduced in an addenda, were actually from Jung’s seminar in Swanage, England, presented in the same year, and so have been omitted. McGuire assumed that the seminars took place on Mondays between March and July, without a break, and so added dates to each lecture. However, recently recovered notes by Cary Baynes suggest that the seminars took place twice week, so the additional dates have been deleted.

Sonu Shamdasani

See John Beebe, “Obituary, William McGuire,” Journal of Analytical Psychology 55 (2010): pp. 157–58

In 1988 I assisted with some research in preparation of this volume, which was an instructive experience at that time.

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