Episode 15: Graham Jackson

Jungian analyst and author Graham Jackson at his home office in Toronto. Photo by Laura London.

Graham Jackson received an Honours B.A. in English and French, followed by a master’s degree in Information Studies, from the University of Toronto. His Diploma in Analytical Psychology comes from the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich, where he studied from 1985 to 1990.

Prior to his analytical training, he worked as a librarian, journalist and researcher. In his spare time, he wrote for the theatre and reviewed dance for several Canadian and American publications. In 1978, a collection of his dance criticism, Dance as Dance, was published by Catalyst Press in Toronto. Catalyst had previously published two chap books of his short stories, The Apothecary Jar and Gardens.

In 1982, Brandstead Press published a suite of poems entitled Porcelain Letters, and in 1990 followed that with An Arc of Red Crystals, a collection of four stories.

His thesis for the Jung Institute came out under an Inner City imprint in 1991. Called The Secret Lore of Gardening, the book explored the archetypal background of male-male intimacy. Not satisfied that he had created a well-rounded picture, he composed a volume two, The Living Room Mysteries, which continued the exploration. This was published in 1993.

Mr. Jackson continues to write on Jungian themes for the Ontario Association of Analytical Psychology’s professional training and public programs in the form of lectures. He is also engaged in writing a novel series, a saga that looks at the psychological history of a handful of characters over a period spanning 40 years.

Our talk focused on his recent presentation, “War on Eros.” It is described as follows: “Jung wrote, ‘Where love reigns, there is no will to power; and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking.’ {CW 7, par. 22} A simple, verifiable statement, we might say, but what happens when the will to power through several seductive guises such as fashion, social media, and so-called technological superiority threatens the very existence of that ‘questionable fellow,’ Eros? This lecture explores his struggles for survival in a society increasingly addicted to one-upmanship and celebration of sentimentality.”

This interview was recorded on March 23, 2016, at Mr. Jackson’s home office in Toronto. It runs for one hour, and is 56 MB. You can listen to the episode right here in your browser or download it directly to your computer. It is also available on iTunes and on Stitcher.

MENTIONED DURING THE INTERVIEW

Inner City Books The publishing house of Jungian analyst Daryl Sharp

John Hill His website

Mario Jacoby His author page on Amazon.com

Rollo May His author page on Amazon.com

The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

LINKS

Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts Toronto, Canada

C.G. Jung Foundation of Ontario Public events in Toronto

NEW: The Jane Loop A new book by Graham Jackson, published in January 2019