Thomas Singer’s article about The Jung-Kirsch Letters: The Correspondence of C.G. Jung and James Kirsch published in 2011. From the article:
The Jung-Kirsch Letters: The Correspondence of C.G. Jung and James Kirsch(Routledge, 2011) is one of the more amazing books to surface in recent publishing history. This book will not be a bestseller and may only be read by a handful of people who are interested in the extraordinary history of ideas and the world that flows through it. But, this correspondence is recommended to anyone who actually cares about how the modern exploration of psyche unfolded in the early and mid twentieth century. The relationship between Jung and Kirsch as revealed in this exchange of letters is highly complex. At times it reads as a privileged communication between doctor and patient. At other times, Jung appears as the guru and Kirsch as the eager disciple seeking the wisdom of the master. And then there is Kirsch as a practitioner in his own right requesting consultation in puzzling cases with fascinating symbolic material emerging from the unconscious. And there is Kirsch and Jung muddling through the politics of establishing an international movement. And, most dramatically, there is Kirsch the young Jewish disciple writing from Palestine and challenging Jung the older master on the question of Jung’s relationship to Jews and Judaism in 1934. Dream interpretation, transference and counter transference, theology and politics, all course through this exchange. The reader has the opportunity to imagine his or her way into history, the climate of ideas, the challenges of a world erupting with inner and outer demons on every front as psychoanalysis is gaining a foothold in a world in turmoil. – Tom Singer
Thomas Singer, M.D. is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst with particular interests in contemporary political and social movements. He has written and/or edited several books including the newly published Psyche & the City: A Soul’s Guide to the Modern Metropolis (Analytical Psychology & Contemporary Cul) (editor) which has been published by Spring Book Publications, The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society (co-edited with Sam Kimbles), The Vision Thing: Myth, Politics and Psyche in the World, Who’s the Patient Here? (with Stu Copans, M.D.), A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Fever: The Official Medical Reference (with Stu Copans, M.D.), Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia, and Listening to Latin America: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
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