LAYERS OF RELATIONSHIP: THE C.G. JUNG/JAMES KIRSCH CORRESPONDENCE
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012
9:30 AM -1:30 PM
AT THE INSTITUTE
THOMAS KIRSCH, MD
4 Continuing Education Credits MD, PhD, LCSW, MFT, RN
In this workshop, Dr. Thomas Kirsch will discuss the nature and course of his father’s correspondence with C.G. Jung. The Jung-Kirsch Letters: The Correspondence of C.G. Jung and James Kirsch, edited by Ann Conrad Lammers was published in 2011. James Kirsch was one of the first generation analysts who had his primary analysis with Jung. As a young man in his 20s he began a psychoanalysis which did not satisfy him and so he entered a Jungian analysis in Berlin. In 1928 he wrote to Jung asking if he could begin analysis, and in 1929 James Kirsch spent two months in Zürich in analysis with both Jung and Toni Wolff. This began a multilevel relationship which spanned four decades and great distances.
The contents of the letters cover important subjects such as the relationship between Jews and Christians, Nazi-ism, anti-Semitism, clinical issues in psychotherapy, synchronicity, organizational issues in building up Jungian organizations, difficult personalities, and the nature of clinical work. This workshop will address the clinical, cultural so societal themes throughout the Jung/Kirsch correspondence—both in Jung’s time and in ours.
THOMAS KIRSCH, MD, is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. He is the son of two first generation Jungian analysts, James and Hilde Kirsch, who began their analytic work with Jung in 1929. Through his family he met many of the first generation of Jungian analysts. He is a graduate of Yale Medical School and completed his psychiatric residency at Stanford Medical Center in 1965. A graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, he served as president of the Institute from 1976 - 1978. From 1977 until 1989 he served as a vice-president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and from 1989 - 1995 as president. He has also been a member of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis since 1976.
Author of many papers on dreams, history of analytical psychology, and the analytic relationship, and editor of Jungian sections in encyclopedias and psychoanalytic dictionaries, he has also published The Jungians, a history of the development of analytical psychology. In addition to his private practice, he is on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco and a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the Stanford Medical Center.
4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are offered for this event.