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Who is Carl Jung


Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was one of the pioneers of modern depth psychology and psychoanalysis.  Born near Basle, and working mostly in Zurich, Switzerland, he first became a physician and then entered the emerging field of psychoanalytic psychiatry.  Through his 

personal experience, his work with patients, and copious research, Jung developed ideas and methods of enquiry that have deepened and broadened our understandings of personality, psychodynamics, and the shaping energies of social history.  


Over time, his ideas and methods of investigation have profoundly influenced the humanities, the arts, psychotherapy, religious studies, and many other fields. Many of Jung’s concepts have entered the mainstream of our language and culture: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, introvert, extravert, typology, collective unconscious, and others. 


Jung believed that most of our questions, most of our sufferings, arise from the distresses of the human “soul,” which is the original meaning of the Greek word psyche.   His work invites a new form of dialogue between ego consciousness and the “soul,” the latter being approachable only through our effort to understand our symptoms, our inexplicable life patterns, our compensatory dreams, and so on.   This dialogue serves as a form of psycho-spiritual enlargement in which one is able to contain more opposites rather than be split by them.   


Jungian analytic work does not remove one from the world, but brings a more differentiated consciousness to bear for participation in intimacy, parenting, social relationships, and creative 

responses to the challenges of life.  Jungian psychology obliges an on-going discernment of personal authority from amidst the cacophony of claims upon our lives, and a reality-based move toward 

living that authority in respectful but more authentic relationship to others. 


Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious describes how the timeless realm of the human psyche links us to our ancestors, and shapes our culture and our personal responses to the demands of daily life.  His work is a summons to personal accountability in the face of the complexities of life.   While wholly compatible with a secular culture, Jung also notes that our choices and their consequences constitute an operating spiritual perspective, a mode of life that may increasingly lead to a more meaningful journey.   Jungian psychology invites a deepened dialogue: with oneself, with others, with collective society, with history, and with whatever transcendent energies move us and move history.


Jung Society of Washington

5200 Cathedral Ave., NW Washington 20016

202-237-8109

JungSociety@jung.org


Executive Director - James Hollis


Office and Library Hours:

Weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


Member Benefits: Members have borrowing privileges at our library and receive a discounted fee to most of our events. 


Looking for a local Jungian  Analyst?
www.jungiananalysts.org


Other Program Venues

Guy Mason Recreation Center - 3600 Calvert St., NW, Wash DC

Wesley Theological Seminary - 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Wash DC
George Mason University, , 3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia


Images of mandalas throughout this site were created by Carl Jung's patients between the years 1926 and 1945.


Jung Society of Washington

Directions: The Jung Society of Washington is located in the educational building of the Palisades Community Church, From MacArthur Blvd., turn east (away from the Potomac River) onto Cathedral at the light between Loughboro and Arizona.  We are accessible via the Metro D6 bus line.  Entrance to the Jung Society library and office is from the side street, Hawthorne Place.

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