The Podcast

After many years of preparation, I launched Speaking of Jung in the Summer of 2015. It was originally intended to be a series of interviews with Toronto-based and Zürich-trained Jungian analyst and author Daryl Sharp and the other analysts whose work he's published for Inner City Books, but soon grew to include other analysts as well.

During many years of study, I've noticed Jung's theories, ideas, and – most especially – terminology have been distorted and misinterpreted a great deal. Not to mention misunderstood. I often hear his terms bandied about with just a cursory knowledge of their meaning. Jung was the first to use the terms persona, introvert, extravert, archetype, collective unconscious, individuation, and synchronicity. I will be asking those who studied Jung in-depth to explain what they really mean.

My desire has always been to talk to the people who knew Jung best. I'm afraid that ship has sailed. Most, if not all, of the first generation of Jungian analysts are gone. But there are still those who have studied with Jung's pupils, and there are many of whom are called classically trained Jungian analysts. Classical Jungians are those who practice in the spirit of Jung, as closely as possible to the way he worked. They are who I will be interviewing for this podcast.

I want to discuss what Jung really said.

I am against making a cocktail of a bit of Jung and bits of other things, watering the whole of Jungian psychology down until it is again 19th-century philosophy, and no longer the shocking newness which I feel Jungian psychology is. It is really shockingly new. But one can also suck it back into the old system and say, ‘Oh, that...’ Jungian psychology has a history, it has not fallen from heaven, so to speak, and of course Jung had a lot of historical forerunners. But his way of looking at the unconscious, and even more, the practical way of living with it, in the way he taught it, is completely different from any other school. It’s something completely new, and it should not be watered down into past things.
— Marie-Louise von Franz, Ph.D., Jungian analyst, The Cat: A Tale of Feminine Redemption, p. 120

What Is a Jungian Analyst?

A Jungian analyst holds a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from an institution approved by the International Association for Analytical Psychology {the IAAP} in Zürich, Switzerland. The requirements to enter a training program here in the United States include a post-graduate degree {Masters, Ph.D., or M.D.} and 100 hours of personal analysis with a Jungian analyst. The curriculum consists of theory, individual and group supervision, clinical internship, client work, written papers and exams, and 300 additional hours of personal analysis. It typically takes 7-10 years of training after acquiring a post-graduate degree to become a Jungian analyst.

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Theme Music

I'm very grateful to Rome-based recording artist Dhaze for allowing me to use his track, Introspection, as the theme song for this podcast. Dhaze, "a producer obsessed with nature and organic sounds," has been described as "young, skilled and supremely talented." This track, featured on the album Flowhertz by SlowPitch Recordings, is available on iTunes and on SoundCloud.

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