Slender Threads: A Conversation with Robert A. Johnson

In spite of Robert Johnson’s fascinating and accomplished life, he rarely sat for interviews. In 2002, Pittman McGehee, Jr. gathered a film crew of talented friends to film his father, Episcopal priest and Jungian analyst, J. Pittman McGehee, Sr. to interview Robert over the course of two days. The resulting film, Slender Threads, is a long ranging interview covering many topics relevant to today’s world and has garnered quite an online following over the past 20 years. 

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Robert A. Johnson was a Jungian analyst, an international bestselling author and lecturer. Robert’s most famous books, He: Understanding Masculine Psychology, She: Understanding Feminine Psychology and We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love, are beloved across the globe. Robert trained with C.G. Jung and his wife, Emma Jung, and attended the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland with Joseph Campbell, among others.

In spite of Robert’s fascinating and accomplished life, he rarely sat for interviews. In 2002, Pittman McGehee, Jr. gathered a film crew of talented friends to film his father, Episcopal priest and Jungian analyst, J. Pittman McGehee, Sr. to interview Robert over the course of two days. The resulting film, Slender Threads, is a long ranging interview covering many topics relevant to today’s world and has garnered quite an online following over the past 20 years. 

This book, Slender Threads, is based on the transcript of the interview, and includes an introduction by Pittman McGehee, Jr., Ph.D. as well as the original introduction to the film by J. Pittman McGehee, Sr. D.D.

Slender Threads is a remarkable summing up of the insights of a wise man…who has asked the important questions and discovered some challenging answers in his life’s journey. Like a good analyst, Pittman McGehee serves as interlocutor and provocateur, and brings Johnson’s reflections to the surface for all of us to share.”

—James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian analyst