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This highly readable volume aims to deepen the understanding of Jungian ideas for readers already familiar with Jung’s work as well as to introduce these ideas to readers new to his approach. Ann Casement brings a personalised tone as a long-standing, highly experienced Jungian psychoanalyst. The book is not a biography, although aspects of Jung’s humanity inevitably shine through in his highly individual approach to psyche and the first chapter offers a concise account of his life.
Jung was an exceptionally complex, brilliant, and prescient thinker and this excellent introduction covers much of his extensive oeuvre that was several decades in the making.
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Jung & Analytical Psychology, Psychoanalysis
This book is an introduction to the ideas of the Swiss psychologist and psychoanalyst, C. G. Jung. The first chapter describes his early home life whilst subsequent chapters are devoted to his work in various sectors. This started in psychiatry at Burghölzli Hospital in Zürich, where Eugen Bleuler was the Director, a significant figure in Jung’s life for many years. The book goes on to describe at some length the professional relationship between Freud and Jung, and the disastrous impact of their subsequent acrimonious split in 1913 on themselves but, more importantly, on the profession of psychoanalysis itself, both at that time and subsequently.
Several chapters elaborate Jung’s main concepts, including an extensive investigation of his all-important work on psychological alchemy, which includes 10 black and white illustrations from the alchemical text The Rosarium Philosophorum and 10 black and white ox-herding pictures of Kuo-an from the twelfth-century Buddhist tradition. The rest of the book depicts some of the significant women and men who contributed to analytical psychology, which is the term Jung chose to designate his psychoanalytic discipline. This is used interchangeably with the term psychoanalysis as many Jungians designate themselves psychoanalysts, including the author, as a New York State licensed psychoanalyst. This is also an account of some of the scientific, philosophical, and psychological influences on Jung’s thinking.
The book concludes with an entry on China, where the author has spent the last few years analysing, lecturing, supervising, and teaching analytical psychology to Chinese psychotherapists, counsellors, and students in Beijing and Shanghai.
This comprehensive work is essential reading for all those with an interest in C. G. Jung and his work.
Ann Casement, LP, is an honorary professor at the Oriental Academy for Analytical Psychology; senior member of the British Jungian Analytic Association; associate member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (New York); New York State licensed psychoanalyst; member of the British Psychoanalytic Council; member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (New York); member of the British Psychological Society; founder member of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Association; and patron of the Freud Museum in London. She worked for several years in psychiatry from the late 1970s; chaired the UK Council for Psychotherapy (1997–2001); served on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (2001–2007), and the IAAP Ethics Committee (2007–2016), becoming its chair in 2010. For two years from 1999 she conducted research working with Lord Alderdice and other stakeholders in the profession on a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Lords on the statutory regulation of the psychotherapy/psychoanalytic profession. She has been teaching and lecturing in China, starting in 2015 at the initial invitation of Professor Heyong Shen.
She has lectured and taught in many countries around the world, including the UK, China, Japan, Russia, USA, Canada, Israel, Lithuania, Switzerland, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, and in several countries in Europe. She contributes to The Economist, and to psychoanalytic journals worldwide, being on the editorial board of some. She served on the Gradiva Awards Committee (New York) in 2013; gave the Fay Lecture in Texas in 2019; is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute; a fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine; and was a member of the Council of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She has produced many articles, reviews, and several chapters for books. Her published and forthcoming books are: Post-Jungians Today (Routledge, 1998), Carl Gustav Jung (Sage, 2001), Who Owns Psychoanalysis? (Karnac, 2004) nominated for the 2005 Gradiva Award, The Idea of the Numinous (Routledge, 2006) with David Tacey, Who Owns Jung? (Karnac, 2007), Thresholds and Pathways Between Jung and Lacan (Routledge, 2021) and Integrating Shadow: Authentic Being in the World (in press, Texas A&M.)
About the author
Archetypes and the collective unconscious
Shadow and persona
Puer/puella vs narcissism
A critical appraisal of C. G. Jung’s Psychological Alchemy
The notion of transformation in Jung and Bion
Jung’s transmutation: Siegried to Parsifal
Emma Jung’s Perceval
Eminent women in analytical psychology
Major original figures in analytical psychology
Distinguished figures in the contemporary Jungian world
Distinguished figures in the contemporary Jungian world (continued)
Philosophical, psychological, and scientific influences on Jung’s thinking
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