Episode 13: Deldon Anne McNeely

Deldon Anne McNeely received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University and is certified as a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. She studied at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich and completed her training as an analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts in the United States.

She is a founding member of the New Orleans Jungian Seminar where she is a training analyst, and is a patron of the Baton Rouge Jung Society.

Dr. McNeely is the author of four books on Jungian psychology – Touching: Body Therapy & Depth Psychology; Animus Aeternus: Exploring the Inner MasculineMercury Rising: Women, Evil, & the Trickster Gods; and Becoming: An Introduction to Jung’s Concept of Individuation.

She has also written a memoir, A Russian Lullaby, about her three years in the Soviet Union.

Dr. McNeely’s one-act play, Visions of Genius, addresses the relationship between Jung, James Joyce, and his daughter Lucia. It is scheduled to be performed on the evening of March 18, 2016, to benefit the C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans. Click here to purchase tickets to this one-night-only charity event.

This interview was recorded on February 24, 2016. It runs for one hour and nineteen minutes, and is around 76 MB. You can play it right here in your browser or click on the download link to save it to your computer. You can also listen to this episode on iTunes and on Stitcher.


On listening to our interview I wondered, ‘Did I get across the sense that individuating implies that one becomes, not more introverted and self-obsessed, but more aware of one’s responsibility to society?’ I do address this in the book, but I may not have focused much on it in the interview. A consequence of individuating is that one recognizes the importance of contributing to one’s fellow human beings with empathy, compassion, and active participation in society.
— Deldon Anne McNeely


Four of Dr. McNeely’s books – Animus Aeternus, Mercury Rising, Becoming, and A Russian Lullaby – are available as Google Play eBooks, which are compatible with Apple, Android and eReaders.

The first 3 chapters of her latest book, Becoming, are available as a free download from Fisher King Press.

A graphic that I made about individuation based on questions Dr. McNeely laid out in Chapter 16, “Elitism & Exceptions,” of Becoming

Carolyn Grant Fay The Jung Center of Houston

Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D. The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake by Carol Loeb Shloss

Ulysses: A Monologue, 1934 by C.G. Jung

The Spirit in Man, Art, & Literature by C.G. Jung {This book, Volume 15 of The Collected Works of C.G. Jung, contains “Ulysses: A Monologue.”}

Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung

The poem about the spider is “A Noiseless Patient Spider” by Walt Whitman. It is quoted in Becoming at the beginning of Chapter 6, and is published in Whitman’s book, Leaves of Grass: The Complete Deathbed Edition.

A Krishnamurti Story “You see, I don’t mind what happens.”

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s ‘Epiphany’ News story at bloomberg.com

The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut’s Journey Through the Material & Mystical Worlds by Dr. Edgar Mitchell

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Edgar Mitchell. 🌚💕