A Jungian Life

Fisher King Press
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From conception until the present, C.G. Jung, his ideas, and analytical psychology itself have been a central thread of Thomas B. Kirsch’s life. His parents, James and Hilde Kirsch, were in analysis with C.G, Jung when he was born, and he was imaged to be the product of a successful analysis. At an early age, Dr. Kirsch was introduced to many of the first-generation analysts who surrounded C.G. Jung, and over time became acquainted with them. Later, in his roles with the IAAP, he gained a broad knowledge of the developments in analytical psychology, and through both his early family history and in his later professional life, Dr. Kirsch worked closely with many analysts who were integral in forming the foundations of analytical psychology.
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Thomas B. Kirsch is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Palo Alto, California, and the son of two first-generation Jungian analysts, James and Hilde Kirsch, who began their analytic work with C.G. Jung in 1929. He graduated from Yale Medical School (1961), did his residency in psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and then spent two years with the National Institute of Mental Health in San Francisco. He completed his Jungian training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco (1968). He was president of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco from 1976 – 1978, served on the executive committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology from 1977 – 1995, and was IAAP president from 1989 – 1995. 

Dr. Kirsch was the co-editor of the Jungian Section of the International Encyclopedia of Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry, and Neurology, 1977, as well as editor of the Jungian section of the three volume International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis edited by Alain de Mijolla, 2005. He is the author of The Jungians: A Comparative and Historical Perspective (Routledge 2000), Consulting Editor to the Correspondence between his father, James Kirsch and C.G. Jung, 2011, as well as many published chapters in books, articles in scientific journals, and book reviews. In 2013 he co-edited with George Hogenson a book of papers on Jung’s Red Book. For more information on Dr. Kirsch, see his website at www.jungians.com

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Fisher King Press
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Published on
Nov 15, 2014
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230
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9781771690249
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English
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Psychology / Movements / Jungian
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Thomas B. Kirsch
Thomas Kirsch is one of the foremost architects of the contemporary Jungian scene and has influenced the evolution and organization of analytical psychology worldwide. His works on the history of Jungian analysis and his memoir of a "Jungian life" have been widely appreciated and this book contains important examples of these interests. Gathered together in The Selected Works are Kirsch’s original and humane contributions to diverse areas, such as: training and the dynamics of analytical institutions; clinical themes in Jungian analysis and how these differ from what typically happens in psychoanalytic treatment; as well as a continuation of his remarkable work into the personalities and prejudices that characterize the profession of Jungian analysis.

As Andrew Samuels observes in his foreword, "In these chapters, we see Tom’s humanity, generosity and flexibility". Given the multifarious dynamics of the training community, Kirsch accepts that things can sometimes go wrong, and he is open about his experiences in this regard. For Kirsch, rather than a simple question of psychologically damaged people becoming analysts, the figure of the "Wounded Healer" is always present in depth psychology.

Kirsch is an exceptionally gifted communicator and several of these chapters stem from lectures and conference presentations. However, behind the appearance of informality emerges, not only a formidable intellect at work, but a warm and compassionate perspective on the human condition. The Selected Works will be of vital interest to analysts, therapists, trainees, academics, and students working in the areas of Jungian analysis and Jungian studies around the world.

Thomas B. Kirsch
Thomas Kirsch is one of the foremost architects of the contemporary Jungian scene and has influenced the evolution and organization of analytical psychology worldwide. His works on the history of Jungian analysis and his memoir of a "Jungian life" have been widely appreciated and this book contains important examples of these interests. Gathered together in The Selected Works are Kirsch’s original and humane contributions to diverse areas, such as: training and the dynamics of analytical institutions; clinical themes in Jungian analysis and how these differ from what typically happens in psychoanalytic treatment; as well as a continuation of his remarkable work into the personalities and prejudices that characterize the profession of Jungian analysis.

As Andrew Samuels observes in his foreword, "In these chapters, we see Tom’s humanity, generosity and flexibility". Given the multifarious dynamics of the training community, Kirsch accepts that things can sometimes go wrong, and he is open about his experiences in this regard. For Kirsch, rather than a simple question of psychologically damaged people becoming analysts, the figure of the "Wounded Healer" is always present in depth psychology.

Kirsch is an exceptionally gifted communicator and several of these chapters stem from lectures and conference presentations. However, behind the appearance of informality emerges, not only a formidable intellect at work, but a warm and compassionate perspective on the human condition. The Selected Works will be of vital interest to analysts, therapists, trainees, academics, and students working in the areas of Jungian analysis and Jungian studies around the world.

湯瑪士·克許(Thomas B. Kirsch)
「這是一部情感史記。」——榮格心理分析師約翰.畢比(John Beebe)

本書作者克許是著名猶太裔榮格心理分析師。他的父母是第一代榮格分析師,為了躲避納粹迫害而逃離德國,最後在美國洛杉磯落腳,推廣分析心理學。

在克許成長過程中,榮格扮演著重要角色。他從小對分析心理學耳濡目染,並結識來自世界各地的分析心理學重要人物,還曾受到榮格的親自分析。日後克許繼承父母衣缽,成為優秀的榮格學派分析師。他年紀輕輕就擔任金山榮格研究院主席、國際分析心理學協會副主席、主席等重要職位,見證了世界各地對分析心理學的學習熱忱。

本書是克許的自傳。從本書中,我們得以對分析心理學的發展史有更多認識,從中讀到許多歷史第一手資料,同時也能從作者所反思的造神心理經驗、聖徒使命及理想化投射中看見自己的影子。此外,身為分析師的作者在這本回憶錄中親身示範分析心理取向的生命故事敘說,頗具榮格派的風格。若人生劇場只談豐功偉業,便讓人覺得飄渺不實;但當他誠實地披露了人生故事中的嫉妒、羞愧、防衛、投射,這故事就腳踏實地了。本書可說是作者為分析心理取向的生命故事敘說的一次最佳示範。

「我人生的主軸是關係,藉由我個人的榮格派經驗,形塑了我人生中最深刻也最重要的關係。我內心有個強烈的需求想要寫下我的榮格人生路,這本回憶錄內所提及故事的人也都要我寫下這些軼事,免得這些軼事將來被遺失了。」 ——湯瑪士?克許

《我的榮人生路》一書提供深入了解榮格心理學世界的極佳視角。克許醫師的雙親皆是榮格分析師,而我們也找不到比克許醫師更投入於榮格派思想及歷史的人,從最近才剛出版的克許父親與卡爾.榮格長年的書信集可窺見一斑。此書將會讓所有心理學家皆感到興致盎然。——歐文.亞隆
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