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Between 1913 and 1932 C.G. Jung recorded his unique self-experimentation that he called ‘his confrontation with the unconscious’. The Black Books are the contemporaneous and spontaneous record of his active imaginations and descriptions of his mental states together with his immediate reflections on these.
The Red Book draws on the primary material recorded in The Black Books from 1913 to 1916. The material not included in The Red Book is of equal interest and importance to that included. Taken as a whole, they shed new light on the making of analytical psychology and make possible further exploration of the nature of Jung’s project.
George Bright spoke to the Guild in March 2019 concerning Jung’s Red Book. An audio recording and a Guild paper of his talk are available for Guild members to download for free.Photograph of one of Jung’s Black Books open at the page for 12th November 1913, by LOwens, licence: CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Speaker: George Bright
George Bright is an analytical psychologist who has worked in private practice in West London for thirty years. He is Supervising and Training Analyst of The Society of Analytical Psychology. In 2016 he co-founded, with two colleagues, The Circle of Analytical Psychology to develop ways of studying C.G. Jung’s The Red Book/ Liber Novus in small committed groups over a six term period. He works in private practice in Kensington. Last Updated August 2021