A translation of Analytical Psychology: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1925: The Beginning of Jung’s Psychology that was supervised by Prof. Toshio Kawai has been published
Prof. Toshio Kawai supervised the translation of Analytical Psychology: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1925: The Beginning of Jung’s Psychology, which was published by Sogen-sha in June, 2019.
The book is a compilation of notes of Jung’s 1925 seminars in Zurich, which were published in 1989 and in a 2012 Philemon series. Professor Kawai supervised the translation and wrote the foreword for the Japanese translation.
In the foreword, he discussed the high historical value and the worthwhile contents of the book and appraised that this would be an excellent introductory book that shows how Jung’s psychological theories were informed by his personal experiences. The seminar from which the book is drawn took place during the period between two of Jung’s works, his book The Red Book and the essay “The Relations between the Ego and the Unconscious.” Therefore, this book bridges the gap between Jung’s experiences interacting with his own images, as described in The Red Book, and the systematic theory he presented in “The Relations between the Ego and the Unconscious”, which was written based on the experiences described in The Red Book.
Prof. Kawai also noted that Jung conducted the seminar in English for the public, and had selected many of his own dreams for interpretation. This episode tells us Jung’s desire to communicate his experiences and theories to many people, and also shows how much value he placed in the reality of dreams and images.
According to Prof. Kawai, the book’s contents are highly reliable and important because Jung himself checked them and some of them were quoted by his secretary, Aniela Yaffe, when she edited Memories, Dreams, Reflections, which is known as Jung’s autobiography. It is said that many of the students in this seminar were women and they asked many questions from the female perspective. Noting this, Prof. Kawai commented that the contents of this book also raises the question of how Jungian theory can be used today to examine topics such as globalism and LGBT.
(Reported by：Hisae Konakawa, Program-Specific Research Fellow)
- The book’s foreword by Prof. Kawai can be found on the publisher’s webpage (Japanese only).
- Book information
Title: Analytical Psychology: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1925: The Beginning of Jung’s Psychology
Author: C. G. Jung
Edited by S. Shamdasani & W. McGuire
Supervisor in translation: T. Kawai
Translators: T. Inomata, Y. Ogiso, J. Miyazawa, T. Kano
Publisher: Sogen-sha (June 10th, 2019)
Webpage (Japanese only):