Episode 39: James Scherer

Dr. James Scherer is a Zürich-trained Jungian analyst and lecturer in private practice in Hartford, Connecticut.

A native of northern Minnesota, he attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where he graduated with a doctorate in dental surgery in 1967. He later went on to study at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich, earning a Diploma in Analytical Psychology in 1986. Since then, he has been in private practice in Hartford, Connecticut.

For many years he has conducted seminars for the Connecticut Association for Jungian Psychology. His current series, A Study of C.G. Jung’s The Red Book, held every Saturday morning in West Hartford, has been ongoing for two years.

His upcoming lecture series with fellow Jungian analyst and frequent guest of this podcast, J. Gary Sparks, is titled The Meaning of the Red Book Today and will be held in West Hartford this Spring.

Today’s topic emerged from a question I had been asked: is Jung still relevant today? I then happened across a page on the Connecticut Association of Jungian Psychology’s website, Why is Jung Important to Our Times?, so I’ve asked Dr. Scherer to discuss it with me here today.

This interview was recorded on Friday, December 14, 2018. It is 01:12:07 long and 64 MB. You can listen to it right here in your browser or download it directly to your computer. This episode is also available on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play, or wherever you get your shows.


J. Gary Sparks Episodes 2, 28, and 35

Daryl Sharp Episodes 1 and 5

Inner City Books Daryl Sharp’s publishing house in Toronto, Canada

Einsiedeln, Switzerland Home of Robert Hinshaw’s publishing house, Daimon Verlag, and the Benedictine monastery that houses the Black Madonna

The Spirit in Man, Art, & Literature Vol. 15 of Jung’s Collected Works contains his lectures in Einsiedeln on Paracelsus

Robert Bly Amazon Author Page

Marion Woodman Speaking of Jung’s tribute page

Marie-Louise von Franz Jungian analyst and Honorary Patron of Inner City Books

Remembering Jung with Marie-Louise von Franz Three-part DVD series with Jungian analyst Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D.

Lao-Tzu Amazon Author Page

The Philemon Foundation An expanding group of scholars, board members, and donors who share the mandate to prepare the unpublished works of C.G. Jung

Edward F. Edinger A Personal Tribute by Daryl Sharp

Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung

The Collected Works of C.G. Jung

The Red Book: Liber Novus by C.G. Jung

The Red Book: A Reader’s Edition Text only


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