Friday, October 18, 2013

"Jung neglected in his native Switzerland?"

A brief look at the Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Zurich

Swiss journalist Raffaella Rossello presents a five minute video from the Jung Institute in Zurich, and asks if Jung is neglected in his native Switzerland.

She writes:

"Swiss psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung may have been one of the founders of modern psychology but today he may be more revered abroad than in his homeland - something the privately-run Jung Institute hopes will change.

"With no Swiss university chair in Jungian psychology, the Jung Institute in Zurich is one of the few places where he is still taught. It also has regular semesters for foreign students and professionals. Not all students are psychotherapists: many are from the field of business or are in search of a deeper meaning in their lives.

"Jung helped found the Jung Institute in Zurich in 1948. Today, around ten students graduate every year, going on to become Jungian analysts and psychotherapists. There are other Jung-based institutes in Germany, Britain, the United States and Brazil.

"Jung’s analytical psychotherapy attached great importance to the unconscious. He elaborated concepts like the collective unconscious and the idea of "archetypes", basic patterns of human life which can be also found in myths and fairy tales. He developed a theory of complexes to help understand personality development and relationship conflicts.

"Jungian psychotherapy sees a psychological problem as an opportunity for the patient to engage in personal development, a process Jung called "individuation". (Raffaella Rossello, – Additional images from a lecture by Erel Shalit at the Jung Institute )

Watch the video

It should of course be noted that there are Jung Institutes in many more countries than those mentioned above.

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