Bound in red-leather, a hand-written and vividly illustrated manuscript by Carl Jung
documents what he called his "confrontation with the unconscious,"
beginning around World War I. It was, he claimed, the source of all his
later thinking in psychology. But the extent of his dreams, fantasies,
arguments, and encounters were revealed only when the astonishing Red
Book was published in 2009. Marilyn Powell scouts its dangerous contents.
Part 2 airs Wednesday, November 7.
In 2009, a very unusual book was published. The extraordinary Red Book by
Carl Gustav Jung. You know him as the great Swiss psychologist who
explored the depths of what he called the "collective unconscious."
Jung said the Red book, begun in his thirties, was central to his
thinking. Yet he never published it during his lifetime - he died at the
age of 85 in 1961. The manuscript lay in a bank vault until his
family were persuaded to let this intensely autobiographical work see
the light of day.
Through 1913-15, Jung entered the harrowing and pitiless inner world of
his dreams and the fantasies he was able to induce. This was the time he
called his "Confrontation with the Unconscious," and to which he
returned again and again in the following years, reshaping and reworking
his original experiences and generating concepts out of which Jungian
psychology was born.
Jung's Red Book is completely hand-written and brilliantly illustrated. It looks like a manuscript out of the Middle Ages.
The Red Book Image Gallery
Participants in the Programs:
, Editor and Co-translator of the Red Book into English,
General Editor of the Philemon Foundation, dedicated to publishing the unpublished works of C.G. Jung.
, Jungian analyst and Founding Member of the Research and
Training Centre for Depth Psychology in Zurich.
, Psychologist and Historian of psychoanalysis.
Andrew Samuels, Jungian analyst; Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex.
, Jungian analyst and C-President of the Philemon Foundation.
, Historian of Jungian Psychology, German Dept., University of Glasgow.
, Jungian analyst; Training and Supervising analyst, International
School of Analytical Psychology, Zurich.
, grandson of C.G. Jung
Carl Gustav Jung, archival recording, 1961.
The Red Book
edited and co-translated with Mark Kyburz
and John Peck
by Sonu Samdashani
, Philemon series, W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.
The Primordial Mind in Health and Illness: a Cross-Cultural Perspective, Michael Robbins, Routledge, 2011.The Primordial Mind in Health and Illness: a Cross-Cultural Perspective
, Michael Robbins
, Routledge, 2011.The House of C.G. Jung: the History and Restoration of the Residence of Emma and Carl Gustav Jung-Rauschenbach
, Andreas Jung
, contributor, Stiftung C.G. Jung Küsnacht, 2009.Jung's Red Book: the Spirit of the Depths, Psychological Perspectives
, Vol. 53, Issue 4, 2010 - entire issue devoted to discussion of the Red Book."Living with The Red Book
," interview by Judith Harris
with Sonu Samdashani
Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, Vol. 4, #1, C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, 2010, p.161-175."The Search for the Lost Soul,"
an interview with Murray Stein
about the Red Book, Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, Vol. 4, #4, C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, 2010, p.92-101.
," that is, The New Bible: A First Analysis of C.G. Jung's Red Book, by Wolfgang Giegerich
, Spring Journal: a Journal of Archetype and Culture, Vol. 83, Summer, New Orleans, Louisiana, p. 361-411.