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First published by Element Books in 1997, the book has become a classic read for those adventuring into Carl Gustav Jung ́s concept of complexes—what they are, how they affect our life and shape our relationships— and for those wanting to understand more about the relationship between fathers and daughters, and mothers and sons—of whatever sex and gender.
This book is not only a must read for psychoanalysts and psychologists, but it is also comprehensible and very useful for those that have little knowledge about this field and those eager to know more about themselves.
This book is the first of the series titled Jungianeum: Re-Covered Classics in Analytical Psychology curated by Stefano Carpani.
Table of Contents
1 Loosening parental ties – ‘I want to do everything differently’
2 Complexes and episode memories – ‘There’s no point in doing anything’
3 The originally positive mother complex in men – ‘The world should like someone like me’
4 The originally positive mother complex in women – ‘You can cope with just about anything as long as
you’ve eaten well’
5 Live and let live – Typical characteristics of originally positive mother complexes
6 Aggression and lament – Developing beyond the originally positive mother complex
7 The originally positive father complex of the son – ‘Proud father – wonderful son ’
8 Dutiful daughters – The originally positive father complex in women
9 The originally negative mother complex in women – ‘A rotten person in a rotten world’
10 ‘As though paralysed’ – The originally negative mother complex in men
11 The originally negative father complex in men – ‘Made to feel like nothing’
12 The originally negative father complex in women – ‘I ’m no good for anything’
13 Staking out territory in the unknown
About the Author
Professor Verena Kast studied psychology at the Universities of Basel and Zurich and trained as a psychoanalyst at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich. From 1973 – 2008 she taught at the University of Zurich. She is past president of the Swiss Society for Analytical Psychology, and of the IAAP. She was chairwoman of the International Society for Depth Psychology, co-director of the Lindau Psychotherapy Weeks and past president of the C.G. Jung Institute.
About the Curator
Stefano Carpani M.A., M.Phil., (1978) earned a Master of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in sociology from Cambridge University and Manchester (respectively). He graduated in Literature and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich (CH) and a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytical Studies, University of Essex (UK). He works in private practice in Berlin (DE). He is the initiator of the YouTube interview series Breakfast at Küsnacht, which aims to capture the voices of senior Jungians. He is the author of The Consequences of Freedom (in Jungian Perspectives on Indeterminate States: ‘Betwixt and Between’ Borders, Routledge, 2020), and The Numinous and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (unpublished, winner of the Kim Arendt Award 2019). Stefano is also the editor of Breakfast at Küsnacht: Conversations on C.G. Jung and Beyond (Chiron, 2020), and The Plural Turn in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies: The Work of Andrew Samuels (Routledge).
Other Books by Verena Kast
The Nature of Loving:
Patterns of Human Relationship
Verena Kast discusses close interpersonal relationships, their dynamics and depth dimensions as well as their surface problems from the viewpoint of archetypal patterns. Problems of bonding, of disillusionment, of projection and introjection are carefully discussed. Focusing primarily on the relationship between the sexes, this work also includes much that is relevant to other forms of human intimacy. Myth is brought alive and illuminates the present with the intense light cast by archetypal understandings.
The Creative Leap:
Psychological Transformation through Crisis
Common to many different kinds of crisis is a turning point, where old attitudes and behaviors must make way for change. It is at this moment, signaled by anxiety, even panic, that the creative leap is required.
Verena Kast, in her wonderful narrations of actual case histories, describes the typical psychic background of a crisis, as well as the developmental possibilities contained in them.
The 2022 Zürich Lecture Series
The 2022 Zürich Lecture Series
ISAPZURICH and CHIRON PUBLICATIONS
Nancy Swift Furlotti, PhD
October 5 & 6, 2022 | Zürich, Switzerland
This program will be live at ISAP and live-streamed via Zoom
2022 ZLS Speaker – Nancy Swift Furlotti, PhD
Due to health issues, Keiron Le Grice will not be the speaker at this year’s annual Zürich Lecture Series event. His lectures have been postponed to 2023. Instead, we are pleased to announce that Nancy Swift Furlotti has agreed to step in and will present four lectures on “The Lasting Relevance and Vision of Erich Neumann’s Work.” The lectures will take place as previously scheduled in the program.
Nancy Swift Furlotti, PhD is a Jungian Analyst living in Aspen, Colorado. She is a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and a founding member and past president of the Philemon Foundation. She is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Interregional Association of Jungian Analysts. She is on the boards of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, the National Asian Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Mercurius Prize Committee. She has written numerous articles, edited a number of books, including with the late Erel Shalit, The Dream and Its Amplification.
Dr. Furlotti lectures internationally on Jungian topics such as dreams, mythology, trauma, the feminine and the environment. Her recent book, The Splendor of the Maya: A Journey into the Shadows at the Dawn of Creation, will be published soon as part of the Fay Lectures. Her company, Recollections, LLC, edits and publishes first generation Jungian’s unpublished writings, most recently Erich Neumann’s two volume manuscript, The Roots of Jewish Consciousness, published in English and Hebrew.
She has a long history of interest in Erich Neumann’s works beginning in 2004 when at Philemon she and the then president, Steve Martin, were hoping to publish the correspondence between C.G. Jung and Erich Neumann. It took years, but it has now been published.
Interview with Murray Stein and Nancy Swift Furlotti
Upcoming 2022 Zürich Lecture Series
“The Lasting Relevance and Vision of Erich Neumann’s Work”
About the Zürich Lecture Series
The ZLS was established in 2009 for the purpose of presenting annually a significant new work by a selected Jungian psychoanalyst or scholar who has previously offered innovative contributions to the field of Analytical Psychology by either: bringing analytical psychology into meaningful dialogue with other scientific, artistic, and academic disciplines; showing how analytical psychology can lead to a better understanding of contemporary global concerns relating to the environment, politics, religion; or expanding the concepts of analytical psychology as they are applied clinically.
For the Series the selected lecturer delivers lectures over a two-day period in Zürich based on a previously unpublished book-length work, which is published by Chiron Publications.
The Zürich Lecture Series – Published by
Volume 1 – Where Soul Meets Matter: Clinical and Social Applications of Jungian Sandplay Therapy
by Eva Pattis Zoja
Eva Pattis Zoja explores the psyche’s astonishing capacity and determination to regulate itself by creating images and narratives as soon as a free and protected space for expression is provided. A variety of examples from analytic practice with adults and from psychosocial projects with children in vulnerable situations illustrate how sandplay can be used in different therapeutic settings.
Volume 2 – ‘Two Souls Alas’ : Jung’s Two Personalities and the Making Of Analytical Psychology
by Mark Saban
In his memoir, Memories Dreams Reflections, Carl Jung tells us that, as a child, he had the experience of possessing two personalities. ‘Two Souls Alas’ is the first book to suggest that Jung’s experience of the difficult dynamic between these two personalities not only informs basic principles behind the development of Jung’s psychological model but underscores the theory and practice of Analytical Psychology as a whole.
Volume 3 – Reading Goethe at Midlife:
Ancient Wisdom, German Classicism & Jung
by Paul Bishop
Reading Goethe at Midlife reveals the remarkable symmetry between the ideas and Jung and Goethe. Jung’s analysis of the stages of life, and his advice to heed the “call of the self,” are brought into the conjunction with Goethe’s emphasis on the importance of hope, showing an underlying continuity of thought and relevance from ancient wisdom, via German classicism to analytical psychology.
Volume 4 – Creativity:
Patterns of Creative Imagination as Seen Through Art
by Paul Brutsche
We don’t know where creativity comes from. Is it inspired from above? Welling up from below? Picked up from the air?
This book does not claim to reveal this secret. It does not attempt to reduce creativity to a “nothing but,” for example to explain it as a special ability of certain creative individuals with special abilities. On the contrary, it is about exploring the fullness and variety of this amazing power, which is the basis of all cultural, artistic, scientific and spiritual activity of man, without attributing it to a simple cause.
Volume 5 – A Story of Dreams, Fate and Destiny
by Erel Shalit
In this rich and poetically written book, Erel Shalit “calls attention to the dream and its images along the nocturnal axis that leads us from fate to destiny.” He takes us on a journey from ancient history, beginning with the first documented dream, that of Gilgamesh, to Adam and Eve and the serpent, to Joseph in Egypt as the Pharaoh’s dream interpreter, through ancient Greece to the Asklepion, to Swedenborg’s visions, to our world today through the eyes of Freud, Jung, and science, and finally to the process of active imagination to reveal the workings of Mercurius and the transcendent function.
Volume 6 – At Home In The World:
Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging
by John Hill
This work offers a profound philosophical and psychological exploration of the multi-dimensional significance of home and the interwoven themes of homelessness and homesickness and contemporary global culture. Home is a particular dwelling place, as a cultural or national identity, as a safe temenos in therapy, and as a metaphor for the individuation process are analyzed expertly from multidisciplinary perspectives and, more poignantly, through the sharing of diverse narratives that bear witness to lives lived and endured from memories of homes lost and regained.
And Coming Soon from Chiron Publications:
Volume 7 – The Power of Stories
Mythodrama: Conflict Management and Group Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents Using Stories
by Allan Guggenbühl
Breaking The Spell Of Disenchantment:
Mystery, Meaning, And Metaphysics
in The Work Of C. G. Jung
By Roderick Main
The Jung Society of Washington presents
An Evening with Steve Buser:
Von Franz’s Writings on Swiss Mystic Niklaus von Flüe and the Emergence of the Alchemical Anthropos
Friday, August 26, 2022
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)
All – $25.00
Student – $10.00
Discussion will include Saint Niklaus von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, who was held in the highest esteem by both C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung even declared him the “patron saint of psychotherapy,” due to the Saint’s deep inward reflections and profound experiences. His visions reportedly began while still in his mother’s womb and continued until his death. Von Franz saw Niklaus as the shadow brother of Christ and wrote of him as the “alchemical Anthropos,” a universal man. His visions were a profound evolution of Christian mysticism. Join us as we present material never-before published in English from Volume 6 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz.
Steven Buser, MD, trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the two-year Clinical Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is the co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. He has worked for more than 30 years in psychiatry with a focus on Jungian-oriented psychotherapy. Dr. Buser currently works in the field of addiction medicine and serves as publisher of Chiron Publications. He and fellow publisher Leonard Cruz are the general editors of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz, a 28-volume series.
Hardcover Available in September
Aurora Consurgens – A Document Attributed to Thomas Aquinas on the Problem of Opposites in Alchemy
A Companion Work to C.G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis
Aurora Consurgens, the rising sun, is a vision forged in the pseudo-Aristotelean tradition that became a cornerstone of medieval Church doctrine and the centerpiece of the Dominican and Franciscan traditions. While it’s authorship has been shrouded in mystery and controversy, Marie Louise von Franz furnishes ample evidence that this was a final work of Thomas Acquinas, a Doctor of the Church. His vision begins with an anima figure of the Sapentia Dei.
This medieval alchemical text is rich in symbolism and offers a glimpse into how unconscious contents can be understood through their interactions with the material world. Marie Louise von Franz places Aurora Consurgens squarely in the tradition of visionary spiritual writings similar to the visions of Hildegard von Bingen or John of Patmos. Aquinas’s visions and his final commentary on the Song of Songs appear to have been the result of a state of ecstasy into which he fell just before his death. Marie Louise von Franz excavates a psychological treasure from his work.
Other Volumes in the Collected Works:
Niklaus Von Flüe And Saint Perpetua: A Psychological Interpretation of Their Visions
Volume 6 of the The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz
heralds translations of material never before available in English. It explores the profound visions of two ground-breaking saints in the Catholic church, Saint Niklaus von Flüe and Saint Perpetua.
The paperback version of Volume 6 will be available for purchase on June 30. Preorder
your copy today and save 15% by using the discount code Volume 6.
Saint Niklaus von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, was held in the highest esteem by both CG Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung even declared him the Patron Saint of Psychotherapy, due to the Saint’s deep inward reflections and profound experiences. His visions reportedly began while still in his mother’s womb and continued until his death. One of his later visions was a terrifying image of the face of God. Von Franz saw Niklaus as the shadow brother of Christ and wrote of him as the alchemical Anthropos, a universal man. His visions were an evolution of Christian mysticism.
Saint Perpetua was a young Christian woman put to death in 203 AD in the Roman arena at the age of 22. Her profound visions occurred days before her death. Von Franz penetrates these images, suggesting they were revelations of a new, Christian God-image breaking through from the collective unconscious into the animus of young Perpetua.
Marie-Louise von Franz is at her very best as she unravels the mysteries held within the visions of these two saints.
Note: Volumes 4 and 5 are currently in production and we look forward to their release when translations are complete.
The Maiden’s Quest
turns to the Maiden’s Quest within fairytales.
The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgenous mother, a cold dark tower, and through conflict with the evil stepmother.
Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio. Volume 3 is a masterwork of cross-cultural scholarship, penetrating psychological insight, and a strikingly illuminating treatise. With her usual perspicacity and thoroughness, von Franz gathers countless fairytale motifs revealing a myriad of facets to the maiden’s quest.
Volume 2 –
The Hero’s Journey
– The Hero’s Journey is about the great adventure that leads to a cherished and difficult to obtain prize. In these fairytales, the Self is often symbolized as that treasured prize and the hero’s travails symbolize the process of individuation. In its many manifestations, the hero embodies the emerging personality. “In the conscious world, the hero is only one part of the personality—the despised part—and through his attachment to the Self in the unconscious is a symbol of the whole personality.”
Von Franz’s prodigious knowledge of fairytales from around the world demonstrates that the fairytale draws its root moisture from the collective realm. This volume continues where Volume 1 left off as von Franz describes the fairytale, “suspended between the divine and the secular worlds (…) creating a mysterious and pregnant tension that requires extreme power to withstand.” The resistance of the great mother against the hero and his humble origins, as well as the hero freeing the anima figure from the clutches of the unconscious are universal archetypal patterns. The spoils retrieved by the hero symbolize new levels of consciousness wrested from the unconscious.
Volume 1 –
The Profane and Magical Worlds
– Fairytales, like myths, provide a cultural and societal backdrop that helps the human imagination narrate the meaning of life’s events. The remarkable similarities in fairytale motifs across different lands and cultures inspired many scholars to search for the original homeland of fairytales. While peregrinations of fairytale motifs occur, the common root of fairytales is more archetypal than geographic. A striking feature of fairytales is that a sense of space, time, and causality is absent. This situates them in a magical realm, a land of the soul, where the most interesting things happen in the center of places like Heaven, mountains, lakes, and wells.
Watch Dr. Steven Buser’s Presentations
on the life of Marie-Louise von Franz and
Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 6 of her Collected Works
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Making Past Present, has just opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Naming the Gods: Cy Twombly’s Passionate Poiesis concerns itself with the contemporary art work of Cy Twombly and his radically innovative and necessary forms of creating for our times as seen against the deep background of classical Greek mythology.
In particular, the two entwined figures and images of Orpheus, lyre player, lover and journeyer to the underworld, and Dionysos/Bacchus, god of wine, ecstasy and madness, are taken up as the two principal thematic leitmotifs which animate and overarchingly inform Twombly’s entire artistic oeuvre across all the mediums in which he worked, both literally and symbolically, from the early 1950’s until the last series of brilliantly colored paintings he made just before his death in 2011.
“Gary Astrachan literally gathers the reader up into an entrancing meditation on the transformative power of art to change our minds. His book evokes the healing poiesis of art and is a precious gift to our troubled and chaotic times.” –Murray Stein, Ph. D., author of The Mystery of Transformation
J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles
Cy Twombly: Making Past Present
August 2–October 30, 2022
American artist Cy Twombly’s engagement with the art and poetry of ancient Greece and Rome played a central role in his creative process. This exhibition explores Twombly’s lifelong fascination with the ancient Mediterranean world through evocative groupings of his paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture made from the mid-20th to the early 21st century, tracing an imaginative journey of encounters with and responses to ancient texts and artifacts. The presentation includes sculpture from the artist’s personal collection, on public display for the first time.
Organized with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Gary D. Astrachan, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Portland, Maine. He is a faculty member and supervising and training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institutes in Boston and in Switzerland and lectures and teaches widely throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. He is a founding member of the C.G. Jung Center of Brunswick, Maine, and is also an independent curator of contemporary art installations and exhibitions. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles in professional journals and books and writes particularly on the relationship between analytical psychology and Greek mythology, poetry, painting, film, postmodernism and critical theory.
In Honor of Carl Jung’s 147th Birthday
Carl Gustav Jung, born July 26, 1875, in Kesswil, Switzerland
Today we pause to reflect on his impact on our lives and the world as a whole.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
― Carl Gustav Jung
Books from Chiron on the
Life of Jung
Jung: His Life and Work – A Biographical Memoir
Published originally in 1976, this work has become a classic retelling of Jung’s life and work by Barbara Hannah, one of his most dedicated followers and intimate friends. Now back in print, this work deserves to occupy a place of importance in every Jungian library
Young Carl Jung
Young Carl Jung offers a balanced view with rare glimpses into Carl Jung’s formative years. In a masterful telling of Jung’s childhood, Robert Brockway provides a clear perspective on the impact young Carl’s experiences played in forming his later theories.
C. G. Jung
E.A. Bennet’s biography of C.G. Jung went to press just a few days before Jung’s death in 1961. Over the preceding 15 years, Bennet had met frequently with Jung at his home and stayed there as his guest. Their many talks—about Jung’s childhood, his family, his career and the development of his ideas—yielded the material for this authorized biography.
Thanks to Bennet’s unique opportunities to hear Jung’s personal perspective—on subjects from Freud to Hitler, and including a valuable correspondence about Aion—regarded as Jung’s most “difficult” book—C.G. Jung sheds new light for today’s scholars on Jung’s work and on the man himself.
The Relationship between C.G. JUNG and
ERICH NEUMANN Based on Their Correspondence
Based on the letters of Jung and Neumann, which have been recently published, along with the impressions Micha Neumann gleaned from his parents, this book provides a framework for this correspondence and provides additional insight into a rich, personal dimension of Jung and Neumann’s complicated relationship.
C.G. Jung: His Friendships with
Mary Mellon and J.B. Priestley
This story details Jung’s friendships with Mary Mellon and J. B. Priestley, who both admired him and helped make his psychology known and recognized throughout the world. In this book, we get a glimpse of Jung the man, with “nose and ears,” as his son Franz said of him—a remarkable genius but also a man with ordinary human strivings and flaws.
The transformation of personality is mysterious, whether it comes about gradually or suddenly. In part, it is the result of the process of aging. Life itself puts a person through a series of transformations similar to the moultings of insects and reptiles. There are also rituals created by humans in their cultures that facilitate transformations to higher levels of identity and consciousness through instigating a process of spiritual death and rebirth into a greater sense of wholeness.
The essence of the process is alchemical and what controls it is mysterious, lodged in the unconscious dynamics of the self.
The chapters in this book are attempts at exploring those dynamics while acknowledging that they will forever remain beyond our understanding, a mystery.
This work consists of a series of probes into the mystery of the individuation process. Central to the discussion are Jung’s late writings on the alchemy of psychological transformation in the late stages of individuation.
The chapter, “The Mystery of Creativity — A Journey in Pictures,” features a commentary on a series of 10 paintings made by Diane Stanley, a contemporary artist, in response to studying and meditating upon the Ox-Herding Picture series. In these images, she captures the journey as process that leads to the mystery of creativity. The pictures, which the artist herself titled, depict a process that is at once ancient and postmodern.
The Mystery of Transformation – Table of Contents
1. The Mystery of Transcendence — A Dream for Our Time
2. Dante’s Divine Comedy — A Journey to the Mystery of Transformation
3. The Marriage of Anima and Animus in the Mystery of Individuation
4. “The Piano Lesson” — Wolfgang Pauli’s Mysterious Union of the Opposites
5. Mysterium Coniunctionis — “The Mystery of Individuation”
6. Individuation and/vs. Enlightenment
7. The Mystery of Creativity — A Journey in Pictures
8. The Meanings of “Meaning”
9. The Faith of the Analyst
Watch Murray Stein on Speaking of Jung
Dr. Stein joined Laura London for a livestream on June 18
The Collected Writings of Murray Stein
Audiobooks Available for Volumes 1 & 2
Volumes 1 and 2 of the Collected Writings of Murray Stein are now available as audiobooks.
The Collected Writings of Murray Stein in Print
Volume 1 – Individuation
Volume 2 – Myth and Psychology
Volume 3 – Transformations
Volume 4: The Practice of Jungian Psychoanalysis
Also Available in Print from Murray Stein
Four Pillars of Jungian Psychoanalysis
The Bible as Dream: A Jungian Interpretation
Men Under Construction:
Challenges and Prospects
Map of the Soul – 7: Persona, Shadow
& Ego in the World of BTS
Murray Stein, Ph.D., studied at Yale University (B.A. in English) and attended graduate student at Yale Divinity School (M.Div.) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. in Religion and Psychological Studies). He trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich. From 1976 to 2003, he was a training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, of which he was a founding member and president from 1980-85.
In 1989, he joined the executive committee of IAAP as honorary secretary for Dr. Thomas Kirsch (1989-1995) and served as president of the IAAP from 2001-2004. He was president of ISAP Zurich 2008-2012 and is currently a training and supervising analyst there. He resides in Goldiwil (Thun), Switzerland. His special interests are psychotherapy and spirituality, methods of Jungian psychoanalytic
treatment, and the individuation process.