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The Crucible of Failure
Jungian Odyssey Series, Vol. VII

by Ursula Wirtz, Stacy Wirth, Deborah Egger, Katy Remark, Series Editors

ISBN: 978-1-935528-71-5
160 pp.

This volume ensues from the 9th Jungian Odyssey retreat, inspired by Grindelwald, a village lying in a green hollow high within the Bernese Alps. As training analysts and scholarly guests of the International School of Analytical Psychology, the authors address students, clinicians, and all others with interest in C.G. Jung.

The (in)famous trio of mountains that commands the historic retreat locale could tell of climbers who risked their lives ascending to formidable heights—some to successful ends and others failing tragically. Grindelwald itself became a literal cauldron of violent change in 1892, when it was nearly decimated by fire. Invoking the genius loci, Polly Young-Eisendrath proposes, “Our inherent brokenness provides a primary way to embrace our imperfect species and the imperfect world on which we depend.”

The authors generally agree that, as a collective, we are bent on Icarus-like heights, prone to follow the hubristic ego. How might we learn to renunciate success? For all the shame involved, can we grasp failure as the need for a paradigm shift? Explorations ensue from case work in the analytic consulting room, from field work with refugees, from history, myth, fairy tale, and even mountaineering itself. Ultimately readers of this volume are invited to consider that, “life has to be undone, and one often gets to truth through error. . . . So be human, seek understanding, seek insight . . .” —C.G. Jung
Reflections Andrew Fellows
Introduction The Jungian Odyssey Committee
Gather Up Your Brokenness: Love, Imperfection, and Human Ideals Polly Young-Eisendrath
Failure and Success in Forms of Involuntary Dislocation: Trauma, Resilience, and Adversity-Activated Development Renos K. Papadopoulos
Letting Go of Success Andrew Fellows
Failure is the End Bernard Sartorius
The Implications of Shame for the Analytical Process Ursula Lenz Bücker
On the Role of Failure in the Individuation Process Murray Stein
Even Fairy Godmothers Can Fail Diane Cousineau Brutsche
Series Editors:

Ursula Wirtz, PhD, Academic Chair of the Jungian Odyssey, is a training analyst and graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich (1982), maintaining her private analytical practice in Zürich. She received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Munich and her degree in clinical and anthropological psychology from the University of Zürich. She has taught at a number of European universities, and authored numerous publications on trauma, ethics, and spirituality, which have been translated into Russian and Czech. She has lectured worldwide and taught at various European universities. Her book, Trauma and Beyond: The Mystery of Transformation, was published in the Zürich Lecture Series for Analytical Psychology by Spring Journal Books, 2014. She is a faculty member of ISAPZURICH, and a trainer with developing Jungian groups in Eastern Europe.

Deborah Egger, MSW, is a training, supervising, and founding analyst of ISAPZURICH with a private practice in Stäfa. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, she moved to Zürich in 1986 to train at the C.G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht, and remained in Switzerland having met her husband here. They raised two children and various animals (cats, turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a dog named Twinkle!). She was President of the Association of Graduate Analytical Psychologists (AGAP) for nine years, in this role serving also for six years as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). Her BA degree is in Religion and Psychology and she holds an MSW in clinical social work. Her analytic areas of focus are in adult development and relationships and transference.

Katy Remark, PhD, received her diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute in 2003 and is now a member of ISAPZURICH. Besides working as an analyst, she is also a Certified EMDR Therapist, a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and has studied and trained in body-centered psychotherapy. Her professional interests include the use of visualization and the somatic pathway in working with assertiveness, anger, aggression, and panic. She maintains a private practice in Zürich.

Stacy Wirth, MA, born in North Carolina (1954), has lived in Switzerland since 1979, when she joined the man who would become her Swiss husband. At the time she carried on her previous work as a dancer and choreographer, and went on to raise two daughters. In the interim she received her MA in the psychology of art from Antioch University (1997), and completed her training at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich (2003). From 2004-2013 she served on the AGAP Executive Committee. She is a co-founder and training analyst of ISAPZURICH, a member of the Advisory Board of Spring Journal, and a Jungian analyst with a private practice in Zürich.




Diane Cousineau Brutsche, PhD, was born in Montreal, Canada and earned a doctorate in French literature from the University of Paris. She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich and has been in private practice in Zürich since 1992. She is a training analyst and supervisor at ISAPZURICH. Among her publications in English are Betrayal of the Self, Self-Betrayal, and the Leap of Trust: The Book of Job, a Tale of Individuation,” in Trust and Betrayal: Dawnings of Consciousness, Jungian Odyssey Series, Vol. III (Spring Journal Books, 2011); “Instigating Transformation,” in Jungian Psychoanalysis: Working in The Spirit of C.G. Jung (Chicago: Open Court, 2010); “Lady Soul,” in Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Symbolic Life, Vol. 82, 2009; and Le paradoxe de l’âme: exil et retour d’un archetype (Geneva: Georg éditeur 1993).

Andrew Fellows, PhD, is a Jungian analyst with private practices in Bern and Zürich, a deep ecologist and writer, and has served on the Program Committee of ISAPZURICH. He holds a doctorate in applied physics, and has two decades of international professional engagement with renewable energy, sustainable development, and environmental policy. His special interests include the anima mundi, the mid-life transition, the new sciences, the I Ching, and the use of depth psychology to understand and address global collective problems, especially climate change. His lifelong passions include mountaineering, taijiquan, and music.

Ursula Lenz Bücker, Dr. med., studied psychiatry, trained as a psychotherapist, and for nearly twenty years has been in private practice as a specialist in psycho­somatic medicine, homeopathy, and palliative care. In 2003 she received her diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich, and went on to become a training and supervising analyst at ISAPZURICH. She has lectured on shame and trauma, and held seminars on active imagination and the expression of inner processes by using creative arts.

Renos K. Papadopoulos, PhD, is Professor of Analytical Psychology at the University of Essex, where he is also the Director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, and a member of the Human Rights Centre. He is as well Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. In addition, he is a training and supervising Jungian psychoanalyst and systemic family psychotherapist in private practice. As consultant to the United Nations and other organizations, he has been working with refugees, tortured persons, and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. He lectures and offers specialist training internationally, and his writings have been published in twelve languages. Forthcoming: Involuntary Dislocation: Home, Trauma, Resilience and Adversity-Activated Developmen (Routledge).See also, for example:“Ethnopsychologische Annäherungen an Überlebende von Katastrophen. Prolegomena zu einer jungianischen Perspektive,” in Analytische Psychologie. Zeitschrift für Psychotherapie und Psychanalyse. Heft 172, 44. Jg., 2/2013; and “The Umwelt and Networks of Archetypal Images: a Jungian Approach to Therapeutic Encounters in Humanitarian Contexts,” in Psychotherapy and Politics International, 2011, Vol. 9, Number 3.

Bernard Sartorius, lic. theol., received his degree in theology from Geneva University in 1965 and worked for several years as a protestant minister, first in a parish and then in youth work. He graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich in 1974, maintaining his private analytical practice first in Geneva, and since 1997 in Lucerne and Zürich. He is a training analyst and supervisor at ISAPZURICH. Among his publications on symbolical subjects are the essays, “The Silence of ‘God,’” in Echoes of Silence: Listening to Soul, Self, Other, JOS Vol. VI (Spring Journal Books, 2014); “Eros and Psyche Revisited,” in Love: Traversing Its Peaks and Valleys, JOS Vol. V (Spring Journal Books, 2013); “La Mecque où/ou on meurt,” in Vouivre, Cahiers de psychologie analytique, Pèlerinages, Numéro 11, 2011; and his book on the orthodox church, L’Eglise orthodoxe, Grandes religions du monde, Vol. 10 (Edito-Service, 1982).

Murray Stein, PhD, Canadian born, completed his university education in religion and psychology in the USA, and trained at CGJI-ZH. Today he is a training analyst and supervisor at ISAPZURICH, where he previously served as president. He is a former president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) and a founding member of two IAAP societies: the Inter-Regional Society for Jungian Analysts (USA) and the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts. He has authored many books, including Jung’s Treatment of Christianity (Chiron, 1985), and the forthcoming Minding the Self: Jungian Meditations on Contemporary Spirituality (Routledge, 2014). He is the editor with Jean Kirsch of How and Why We Still Read Jung: Personal and Professional Reflections (Routledge, 2013). With Nancy Cater he is co-editor of the Zurich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology (Spring Journal Books), which follows the weekend of lectures co-hosted every autumn by Spring Journal Books and ISAPZURICH.

Polly Young-Eisendrath, PhD, is a psychologist, mind­fulness teacher, writer, and Jungian analyst who main­tains a clinical and consulting practice in central Ver­mont. She came to psychology and Jungian training through the doorway of Buddhist practice, taking for­mal Zen vows in 1971. Polly has published on couple relationships, women’s development, parenting, and psychotherapy practice—aiming at practical appli­cations of the insight and wisdom gained from psychology, psychoanalysis, medita­tion, and self-awareness. Polly is Guest Editor of Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Buddhism and Depth Psychology: Refining the Encounter, Vol. 89, 2013. Her essay, “Jung and Buddhism: Refining the Dialogue” appears in The Cambridge Companion to Jung, 2nd Ed, edited by Polly and Terence Dawson (London: Cambridge University Press, 2008). Among her many other publications are: The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance (Little, Brown & Co., 2009); Women and Desire: Beyond Wanting to Be Wanted (Three Rivers, 2000); The Resilient Spirit: Transforming Suffering into Insight and Renewal (Da Capo, 1997). Her most recent book is a memoir: The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery (Rodale, 2014). It details her discoveries about love in losing her beloved husband, Ed Epstein, to early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

Other Books in the Jungian Odyssey Series:
Jungian Odyssey Series, Vol. 1
Featuring articles by Kathrin Asper, Paul Brutsche, Noirin NiRiain,
John Hill, and others
Jungian Odyssey Series, Vol. 2
Featuring articles by Mario Jacoby, David Tacey, Ursula Wirtz,
Paul Bishop, Josephine Evetts-Secker, and others
Jungian Odyssey Series, Vol. 3
Featuring articles by Murray Stein, Donald E. Kalsched,
Deborah Egger-Biniores, Allan Guggenbühl, and others
Jungian Odyssey Series, Vol. 4
Featuring articles by Joe Cambray, F. David Peat, Beverley Zabriskie, Craig Stephenson, and others
Jungian Odyssey Series, Vol. 5
Featuring articles by Ann Ulanov, Mark Hederman, John Hill,
James Hollis, and others
Jungian Odyssey Series, Vol. 6
Featuring articles by Lionel Corbett, Craig Stephenson,
Allan Guggenbuhl, and others