Introduction to Jungian Psychology: Notes of the Seminar on Analytical Psychology Given in 1925

Sonu Shamdasani, Introduction to Jungian Psychology

001 New York Times Book Review, Mark Isham concluded: “this volume is drastically serious, positive, didactic, classic, and yet more than stimulating.

It is energizing, liberating and recreative. ~Sonu Shamdasani, Introduction to Jungian Psychology, Page xi

002 The genesis of the work may be briefly stated. in the winter of 1913, Jung deliberately gave free rein to his fantasy thinking and carefully noted what ensued.

He later called this process active imagination.

He wrote down these fantasies in the Black Books.

These are not personal diaries, but rather the records of a self-experimentation. ~Sonu Shamdasani, Introduction to Jungian Psychology, Page xii

003 In 1925, Peter Baynes made a translation of the Septem Sermones ad Mortuous, which was privately published by Watkins in England. ~Sonu Shamdasani, Introduction to Jungian Psychology, Page xiii

004 Since i began to read it i have thought it would be a very fine thing, if instead of your discussing it with me as you said you would, Mona Lisa [Emma Jung] should be included too.

Perhaps she knows all that is in it so well, and understands it so completely that this would not appeal to her, but i thought it would . . . he [Peter Baynes] asked me . . . why it was such a problem with me about publishing the Red Book.  I could have slapped him sharply by saying it was a problem to me because you had so presented it . . . then you told him your own idea about it, and he was thoroughly non-plussed. . . . When i said i wanted to hear you speak of the Red Book out of doors and you willed to think i had in mind a pink tea, i struck back at you in kind, and said that if the Red Book was not big enough to be talked about out of doors, then you would have to do something about it. ~Sonu Shamdasani, Introduction to Jungian Psychology, Page xiv

005 During this period, Jung withdrew from the Psychological Club, which he had founded in 1916. On November 25, 1922, he, together with Emma Jung and Toni Wolff, left the Club. ~Sonu Shamdasani, Introduction to Jungian Psychology, Page xiv

006 During this period, an increasing number of people from England and America made their way to Zurich to work with Jung, forming an informal expatriate group.

On august 22, 1922, Jaime de Angulo wrote to Chauncey Goodrich issuing “a challenge to all brother-neurotics—go, my brethren, go to the Mecca, i mean to Zürich, and drink from the fountain of life, all ye who are dead in your souls, go and seek new life.” ~Sonu Shamdasani, Introduction to Jungian Psychology, Page xv

007 In a diary entry of September 26, 1925, Cary Baynes wrote an account of some of these deliberations:

After talking with Emma about the notes and finding that her reaction to the printing of them is just what my own was, all my resistances to that idea have now come back upon me very strongly, and i would like to put the matter before you once more.

I think those lectures you gave last spring are the most important thing that has happened in psychology in this century, because in them you give the passage of an idea from its place in nature as an archetype, to the position of an abstraction, or a concept, the last refinement of human ingenuity, you might say. ~Cary Baynes, Introduction to Jungian Psychology, Page xix