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Thomas B. Kirsch, Ph.D. - The Kirsch-Jung Letters
Good Shepherd Center, Rm. 202
Seattle, WA
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Friday Sep 20, 2013 7:00 PM - Friday Sep 20, 2013 9:00 PM | $15.00 - $25.00


Thomas B. Kirsch, Ph.D. - The Kirsch-Jung Letters
C.G. Jung Society, Seattle Presents:

Lecture: Friday, September 20th
Thomas B. Kirsch, Ph.D. - The Kirsch-Jung Letters

James Kirsch, my father, was one of the first generation analysts who had his primary analysis with Jung. As a young man in his 20s he began a psychoanalysis, which did not satisfy him and so he entered a Jungian analysis in Berlin. In 1928 he wrote to Jung asking if he could begin analysis, and in 1929 James Kirsch spent two months in Z├╝rich in analysis with both Jung and Toni Wolff. This began a multiple level relationship, which spanned four decades and great distances. There are approximately 150 letters in this correspondence with Jung writing approximately 10 more than my father.

The contents of the letters cover important subjects such as the relationship between Jews and Christians, Nazi-ism, anti-Semitism, clinical issues in psychotherapy, synchronicity, organizational issues in building up Jungian organizations, difficult personalities. My father was a founding member of the CG Jung Institute in Berlin, Tel Aviv, London, and Los Angeles. The collection also includes a few letters from Hilde Kirsch, my mother, and a wonderful short history of the International Association for Medical Psychotherapy.

James and Hilde Kirsch along with Max Zeller were the co-founders of the Analytical Psychology Club and the Jung Institute in Los Angeles. My parents arrived in Los Angeles in December 1940, and the Zellers arrived in 1941. Their views of Jung and analytical psychology dominated the scene in Southern California for three decades or more. This letters gives one a glimpse of the struggles that these early pioneers had to go through in establishing the Jungian community.

Presenter Bio:
Thomas B. Kirsch, M.D. is a Jungian analyst, the Past President of the Jung Institute of San Francisco and Past President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He has a B.A. from Reed College, his MD from Yale School of Medicine, and did his psychiatry residency at Stanford. He did his Jungian training in San Francisco and has been in private practice in Palo Alto since 1967.

He is the author of "The Jungians, A Social History of the Jungian Movement 2000"; he was Co-Editor Jungian Section of the "International Encyclopedia of Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neurology1977"; Co-Editor of "Initiation: The Reality of an Archetype"2007; Consultant Editor to the book "CG Jung- James Kirsch Correspondence 2011"; and has written numerous papers on the history of depth psychology, the analytic relationship, and dreams. Presently working on a Memoir

Learning Objectives:
1. Explore the relationship between Jews and Christians, Nazi-ism, anti-Semitism through the Kirsch-Jung letters.

2. Investigate the relationship between C. G. Jung and James Kirsch.

3. Deep exploration of the Kirsch-Jung letters collection along with letters from Hilde Kirsch (wife and mother).

CEU Certificates:
Lecture only $10
Workshop only $10
Lecture & Workshop $15

Note: those who wish to attend both Friday's lecture and Saturday's workshop must register for each separately.


Good Shepherd Center, Rm. 202 (View)
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
United States

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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