THE ROLE OF PERSONAL
THERAPY IN THE FORMATION
OF A JUNGIAN ANALYST
THOMAS B. KIRSCH
Apersonal analysis is central to become a Jungian analyst; it is the aim of this chapter to describe the evolution of training analysis in analytical psychology and to present some issues which pertain to its practice.
Jung was the first to recognize the necessity of a training analysis and did so in 1912 while still collaborating with Freud, who acknowledged this important contribution when he wrote: “I count it one of the valuable services of the Zurich school of analysis that they have emphasized this necessity and laid it down as a requisition that anyone who wishes to practice analysis of others should first submit to be analyzed himself by a competent person” (Freud, 1912, p. 116).
After the break with Freud, Jung entered a long period of introversion, experiencing many images and fantasies that he could not explain using Freud's theories. At first he referred to them as “primordial images” (Jung, 1961), later as “archetypal images.” These events, central to his self-analysis, and described in Memories, Dreams, Reflections in the chapter “Confrontation with the Unconscious,” form the basis of all his subsequent theories (Jung, 1963). Jung then described a collective level to the unconscious, which he believed contained creative potential, extending Freud's picture of the unconscious as the repository of repressed infantile material. Within his own theoretical framework the personal analysis was the core of an analyst's professional training. In 1946 Jung wrote the following about the