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Book Review: A Jungian Life by Thomas B. Kirsch

By Huffington Post 

A review of a book by Tom Kirsch: „A Jungian Life” by Honolulu freelance writer Rob Kay.

From a review:

If anyone can legitimately claim to have lived A Jungian Life it would be Thomas B. (aka Tom) Kirsch. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Jungian DNA oozes from his pores. The son of renowned Jungian analysts James and Hilde Kirsch, Dr. Kirsch (a Yale MD by training) is also an accomplished Jungian practitioner in his own right. Born in 1936, he’s also a bridge between the first generation of Jungians and those that followed the pioneers. Both his parents were early disciples of CG Jung and after immigrating to the U.S., founded the Jungian Institute of Los Angeles. (…)

His prose is transparent, unvarnished, and easily digested. You don’t have to be a Jungian analyst to understand his thinking or to get something out of this book. However, as a subculture, Jungians do have their own language. It helps to have a basic understanding of Jungian vernacular when he throws around terms such as „shadow,” „transference,” or „synchronicity.” (…)

The memoir does a terrific job blending his life story and often painfully accrued self-knowledge, with insights into Jungian „society.” Tom Kirsch was born into Jungian aristocracy and in a manner of noblesse oblige, has really given it all back to the community — not to mention his patients. (…) A Jungian Life is a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in Analytical Psychology and the contemporary history of the Jungian movement.

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Thomas Kirsch is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Palo Alto, California. He was president of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco from 1976 – 1978, served on the executive committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology from 1977 – 1995, and was IAAP president from 1989 – 1995. Dr. Kirsch was the co-editor of the Jungian Section of the International Encyclopedia of Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry, and Neurology, 1977, as well as editor of the Jungian section of the three volume International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis edited by Alain de Mijolla, 2005. He is the author of The Jungians: A Comparative and Historical Perspective, Consulting Editor to the Correspondence between his father, James Kirsch and C.G. Jung, (The Jung-Kirsch Letters: The Correspondence of C.G. Jung and James Kirsch), as well as many published chapters in books, articles in scientific journals, and book reviews. In 2013 he co-edited with George Hogenson a book of papers on Jung’s Red Book. For more information on Dr. Kirsch, see his website at


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