Episode 12: Barbara Davies

Barbara Davies, Zürich, November 2015. Photo by Laura London.

Dr. Barbara Davies has over 30 years of work experience as a Jungian analyst, having received her training under the direct supervision of Jung’s closest associate, Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz, whom she worked with and for up until her death in 1998.

Dr. Davies grew up in Geneva and earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Zürich. She is a member of the Federation of Swiss Psychologists as well as the Swiss Association for Child and Adolescent Psychology.

She is also trained and licensed in hypnotherapy, with certifications from both the National Guild of Hypnotherapists in the United States and the Freiraum–Institut für Humanistische Psychologie in Switzerland.

Along with her private practice, she has been conducting seminars in Jungian Psychology in Zürich, Geneva, France, Sweden, Spain and Australia for many years. Her seminars include: An Introduction to Fairy Tale Interpretation; Getting to Know the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes; The Symbol of the Mirror in Depth Psychology; An Introduction to the Interpretation of Dreams; and An Introduction to Alchemy: A central area in understanding the thought of C.G. Jung.

This interview was recorded at the Park Hyatt Zürich on November 25, 2015. It’s 58:34 long and 56.2 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 find this episode on iTunes and on Stitcher.

Topics include: typology {the four functions of thinking, feeling, sensation and intuition, as well as the “inferior,” or “fourth” function}, complexes, being “good,” how she came to meet and work with Dr. von Franz, the shadow, relationships, world peace, the differences between clinical psychology and Jungian analysis, and being “high-maintenance.”


Corpus Alchemicum Arabicum: Book of the Explanation of the Symbols of Kitab Hall ar-Rumuz Psychological commentary by Marie-Louise von Franz {This is von Franz’s work on Arabic alchemy. For more information and for free excerpts, please visit The Living Human Heritage Project.}

The Cat: A Tale of Feminine Redemption by Marie-Louise von Franz

An Appeal by the Dalai Lama to the World: Ethics Are More Important Than Religion Edited by Franz Alt {Available for free here at Amazon.com.} 


The Archetypes & the Collective Unconscious  Volume 9i of The Collected Works

Man & His Symbols

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Psychological Types Volume 6 of The Collected Works

The Red Book

Symbols of Transformation Volume 5 of The Collected Works

Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle


Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism & the Psychology

Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche

C.G. Jung: His Myth in Our Time

Dreams: A Study of the Dreams of Jung, Descartes, Socrates, & Other Historical Figures

Light from the Darkness: The Paintings of Peter Birkhäuser

On Dreams and Death

Psyche & Matter


Shadow & Evil in Fairy Tales

The Way of the Dream: Conversations on Jungian Dream Interpretation with Marie-Louise Von Franz


Barbara Davies Her website

Marie-Louise von Franz Her website

Marie-Louise von Franz: The Classic Jungian & the Classic Jungian Tradition  Edited by James A. Hall & Daryl Sharp {This book contains Dr. Davies’ essay, “Marie-Louise von Franz: Her Life & Work,” as well as an interview with herself and James Hall. You can read an excerpt of the essay in the Inner City Books newsletter, Jung at Heart, Summer/Fall 2008.}

Gravesites  Blog post about my visit to the cemetery where C.G. Jung, Barbara Hannah and Marie-Louise von Franz are buried

Special thanks to both Frith Luton and Daryl Sharp for putting me in touch with Dr. Davies.