The SAP Annual Lecture 2017

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Date(s) - 25/03/2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Wellcome Collection


The Future of Jungian Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (‘SWOT’)
    Speaker: Professor Andrew Samuels      Respondent: Professor Toshio Kawai

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Andrew will range widely over the fields of Jungian analysis and Jungian studies, including a discussion of the main political and economic dangers facing these activities. He will suggest that some of the weaknesses may have a secret strength, and vice versa. Expect controversial and contrarian views on topics such as the relationship between the Jungians and psychoanalysis; analytical psychology and the psychological therapies approved by the UK Government; Jung, gender and sexuality; Jung and anti-Semitism/racism; and the cultural and political mission (or lack of it) of Jungian psychology. Is the 21st century to be the Jungian century, as Andrew wrote in the Guardian in 2012? Or not?

Andrew Samuels, ‘the most celebrated of today’s Jungian analysts’ (American Imago), has made contributions to the emergence of Jungian studies as an academic discipline, and to developing links to other psychotherapies, such as humanistic psychotherapy and relational psychoanalysis. He has also played a part in the ‘political turn’ currently under way in the Jungian community, exemplified by the conferences on ‘analysis and activism’ under the auspices of the IAAP. Andrew is a training analyst of the SAP, professor of analytical psychology at the University of Essex, a former chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, and co-founder (with Judy Ryde) of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. His books have been translated into 21 languages. The first was Jung and the Post-Jungians in 1985 and the most recent is A New Therapy for Politics? (2015)

Respondent: Toshio Kawai, President-elect of the IAAP
Social, scientific and professional challenges: Jungian psychology is based on a peculiar mixture of pre-modern content and modern psychic structure, which results in its weak and strong points. These challenges and difficulties can turn out to be new opportunities for Jungian psychology today and in the future. I would like to discuss these within the context of Andrew Samuels’s contribution.

Toshio Kawai, PhD, is a Jungian Analyst and Professor at the Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University for Clinical Psychology. He was educated in clinical psychology at Kyoto University and in philosophical psychology at Zurich University. He is interested in the cultural and historical background of psychotherapy, his concern being how consciousness today is reflected in psychotherapy. Toshio has published articles and books and book chapters in English, German, Italian and Japanese. He has been active in the psychological relief work after the 2011 East Japan Earthquake.

Chair: Jan Wiener

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