by Wolfgang Giegerich
With its publication of The Collected English Papers of Wolfgang Giegerich, Spring Journal Books makes available to the psychological reader the work of one of archetypal psychology's most brilliant theorists. A practicing Jungian analyst and a long-time contributor to the field, Giegerich is renowned for his dedication to the substance of Jungian thought and for his unparalleled ability to think it through with both rigor and speculative strength. The product of over three decades of critical reflection, Giegerich's English Papers are collected in four volumes: The Neurosis of Psychology (Vol. 1), Technology and the Soul (Vol. 2), Soul-Violence (Vol. 3), and The Soul Always Thinks (Vol. 4).
This first volume takes its title from Giegerich's ground-breaking paper, "On the Neurosis of Psychology, or The Third of the Two", originally published in Spring Journal in 1977. The "third" referred to in the title is psychology itself as the theory in which the two, patient and analyst, are contained as they engage with one another in the analytic process. By applying to psychology itself the ideas that analytical psychology draws upon when thinking about the patient, Giegerich establishes the basis for a psychology that defines itself as the discipline of interiority. Topics include Neumann's history of consciousness, Jung's thought of the self, the question of a Jungian identity, projection, the origin of psychology, and more.
About the author: Wolfgang Giegerich, Ph.D., is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Worthsee near Munich, Germany, who has lectured and published widely. He has been a regular speaker at the Eranos conferences and has frequently taught as Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. He was the founding editor of GORGO, a German journal of archetypal psychology. His books in English include The Soul's Logical Life: Towards a Rigorous Notion of Psychology, and he is the co-author, with Greg Mogenson and David L. Miller, of Dialectics & Analytical Psychology: The El Capitan Canyon Seminar.