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The Jungians: A Comparative and Historical Perspective Paperback – Feb 9 2001
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'...Tom Kirsch has written an important, timely, and generous book.' - Peter Homans
About the Author
Thomas B. Kirsch was President fo the International Association of Analytical Psychology form 1989 to 1995, adn President of the Jung Institute of San Fransisco from 1976 to 1978. He currently works in private practice in California, and is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School.
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For the first time there is a telling of the tale of the Jungian movement from the
beginnings in Switzerland to every continent through places, persons, events and
publications. This book will leave you with a new and larger understanding of a
story that was previouly known mostly in fragments. Included are colorful nuances
and first hand accounts, even a few never before published photographs, from the
author who grew up in the midst of the Jungians and has been one of its most
Whether you read this book for the fun and enjoyment of it or for professional
research, you will find a wealth of facts, insights and useful references to places
and persons you probably know and books you probably have read, and you may find
yourself referring back to specific sections, places and persons many times.
I recommend this book highly!
Author of "Walt Whitman: Shamanism, Spiritual Democracy, and the World Soul"
In The Jungians: A Comparative and Historical Perspective Jungian analyst Thomas Kirsch brings to light some important facts about Jung and clears up some controversial subjects. He tells herein the history of the movement of analytical psychology and its growth throughout the post-modern world. Published in the year 2000 this is the most comprehensive book on the field of analytical psychology available and one of the best resource books to provide readers with a clear picture of the origins of the Jungian Institutes and Analytical Psychology Clubs in Zurich and the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, Europe, Israel, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, Eastern Europe and Russia, and emerging groups in Asia. This is a great book and it reads like a good story because it is a book which spans Kirsch's lifetime and in a sense, as he says in his Preface, he became a part of it without his knowing it. There are so many pieces of information that I found enlightening but one of the most interesting is that the first public lecture Jung gave that cast the seeds of dissention with Sigmund Freud occurred in America (60). The book contains a chapter on the IAAP and a valuable chapter on the history of Sandplay. He speaks clearly about highly charged issues, such as the splits that have occurred in the various Institutes and the tensions between the symbolic and developmental schools of analysis. He handles the controversial issue of Jung's alleged anti-Semitism with critical acumen and in a very fair and unbiased way. In his final Observations and Conclusions chapter, Kirsch agrees with C. G. Jung and former analysts Adolph Guggenbühl-Criag, Dr. Joseph L. Henderson, Donald F. Sandner, and a number of other post-Jungian analysts and psychotherapists that mental health practitioners all share some ancestral link as a sacred lineage inherited from shamanism (255), yet, he also points out the dangers of making such a connection. While he says the word "shamanism" should only be linked with analytical psychology with great care, all post-Jungians can be said to share to a grater or lesser degree, Kirsch admits, some core values, gifts, and attitudes that have been transmitted from shamanism. This kind of careful consideration is one of Kirsch's greatest attributes as a writer. Kirsch ends his masterful study by saying at the opening of the new millennium that it is impossible to predict what will happen to analytical psychology in the unknowable future and he even questions whether there will be a classification of therapists called Jungians (256). This book is a valuable contribution to any one's bookshelf. It is really important that he wrote it. My only wish in writing this review ten years after its publication is that it be updated to give students of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis a way to catch up with the remarkable changes taking place today subsequent to the publication of Jung's Red Book.
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