Episode 45: Kenneth James

Kenneth James, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Chicago, Illinois. He is the founder and director of The Soulwork Center, dedicated to facilitating the process of individuation according to C.G. Jung.

Dr. James received a Ph.D. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University, and a Diploma in Analytical Psychology – which is the degree of a Jungian analyst – from the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago.

Along the way, he studied vocal music at the American Conservatory of Music, and learned a modality of music therapy known as The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music at the Institute for Consciousness and Music in Baltimore, Maryland. He also completed four years of post-doctoral study in theology and scripture at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Dr. James holds the rank of professor emeritus after a 33 year career as a university professor. He has served on the faculty at Roosevelt University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Northwestern University.

He worked for many years as the Director of Student Services at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory School where he coordinated services for students with learning, emotional and behavioral needs, and he now devotes his full time as the Founder and Director of The Soulwork Center in downtown Chicago.

Dr. James has led workshops around the world on the relationship between divination and synchronicity, and on the use of the Tarot as a way to explore the unconscious. The relationship between Jungian thought, clinical practice, and esoterica has been a strong motif of his work throughout his career, and it is the subject of our talk today.

This interview was recorded on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. It’s 01:15:45 long and 62 MB. You can listen to it right here in your browser or download it directly to your computer. This episode is also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and now on iHeartRadio.


The Other Side of Midnight Our host Laura London interviewed Dr. James on the live, three-hour radio show on Jun. 16, 2019; listen to the first hour free or subscribe to Club 19.5 to download the entire show

The Portable Jung Edited by Joseph Campbell

The C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

The Secret of the Golden Flower Translated and explained by Richard Wilhelm with a commentary by C.G. Jung

The International Association for Analytical Psychology

The Way of the Sly One: Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, & Jung Audio lecture by Dr. James

Luck, Fate, Hazard, & Consciousness Presentation by Dr. James at the C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis on Apr. 25, 2014

Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche by Robert A. Johnson, Jungian analyst

Depth Psychology & a New Ethic by Erich Neumann, Ph.D., Jungian analyst

The Ego-Self Paradox by Edward Edinger, M.D., Jungian analyst, The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 5 No. 1, Jan. 1960 (used copy on Amazon)

Matter of Heart: The Extraordinary Journey of C.G. Jung Into the Soul of Man Documentary that includes the footage of Jung using the word ‘crazy’


The Soulwork Center

The Analyst’s Perspective: Role of Dreams in the Individuation Process C.G. Jung Center Evanston, May 18, 2019

Flying Saucers, Fortune Telling, Mediums & Magic: Why Jung Writes About Esoterica C.G. Jung Center Evanston, May 26, 2017

Chicago’s International Association for Near-Death Studies Guest speaker, Sept. 10, 2011

Read Dr. James’ take on the path of individuation in our blog section.

Fade to Black Dr. James was Jimmy Church’s guest on Jul. 26, 2019

Coast to Coast AM Dr. James will be fill-in host Jimmy Church’s guest on Aug. 11, 2019