Thomas B. Kirsch M.D. received his psychiatric training at Stanford University, and graduated from the CG Jung Institute of San Francisco in 1968. He is the author of The Jungians, of a memoir, A Jungian Life, as well as numerous articles on analytical psychology. He was president of the CG Jung Institute of San Francisco, and vice president and then president for six years of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.
Thomas Kirsch is by now the elder states person of analytical psychology. This is the most personal, revealing and thought provoking interview he has given. It is fascinating to watch as Kirsch ranges over the whole gamut of issues facing analytical psychology going forward. Equally significant are his mature reflections on life, illness, facing death, and those familial and human dynamics to which he has been exposed. I have known Tom Kirsch for forty years but I got a lovely and fresh angle on my friend from Murray Stein’s perfectly pitched interview. -Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex.
Tom Kirsch’s fundamental modesty, quiet thoughtfulness, deep knowledge of the Jungian tradition, and direct, finely informed feeling shines through every moment of this extraordinary film. Murray Stein’s sensitive and probing questioning allows Dr. Kirsch’s exacting memory of people, places, and issues of different eras in his long life career as a Jungian to flow like the film’s music – with a warmth and beauty that is both touching and enlightening. The film has a wonderful tone – in its color, in its conversation, and in its depth. -Tom Singer, M.D.
Murray Stein, PhD. was President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) from 2001 to 2004 and President of the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich (ISAPZURICH) from 2008 to 2012. He is the author of many books and articles on Analytical Psychology and Jungian psychoanalysis and has a private practice in Zurich.