Susan Olson

Reflections on My Journey:
Twenty-five Years as a Jungian Analyst

October 14, Saturday Lecture 7:30 pm
members: free; non-members $20; students $10

When I graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute (Zurich) over twenty-five years ago, there were no Jungian analysts in Atlanta. In the ensuing years, the number of local analysts peaked at eight and is now holding steady at four (with one person currently in training). Today the Georgia Association of Jungian Analysts, founded in 1993, includes eight analysts from four neighboring states. In addition, Jungian training is now available in Atlanta through the Memphis-Atlanta Jungian Seminar, an affiliate of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Seventeen MAJS faculty members from ten states write articles and books, offer lectures and seminars in the U.S. and abroad, and are actively involved in all aspects of training. Groups such as the Atlanta Jung Society provide an opportunity to “gain a broader and deeper understanding” of Jung’s work. Fifty-six years after his death, public interest in Jung continues to flourish.

According to his biographer, Barbara Hannah, Jung is said to have exclaimed upon occasion, “Thank God I’m Jung, and not a Jungian!” I often wonder what he would say if he knew that in 2017, fifty-eight training societies and over three thousand certified analysts are busily working to maintain his legacy. I doubt he would be surprised to learn that differences of opinion between various “Jungian” schools often erupt in schisms and splits. Nevertheless, I like to think that he would be heartened to know that Analytical Psychology (his preferred title for the discipline he founded) is thriving, as people continue to read Jungian books, attend Jungian conferences, and enter Jungian analysis and training.

In this lecture I would like to share some reflections on my own journey as a Jungian analyst, comment upon the integration of Jung’s ideas into our collective culture, and discuss the importance of his approach in today’s fractured and contentious political atmosphere. Please come ready to learn and inquire about the “big picture” of Jung’s impact upon today’s world.

Susan OlsonSusan Olson graduated from Smith College, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Georgia, and the C.G. Jung Institute-Zurich. She practices in Atlanta and is a training analyst in the Memphis-Atlanta Jungian Seminar, a branch of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Susan has presented numerous lectures and workshops at the Atlanta Jung Society and other associations. She is the author of By Grief Transformed: Dreams and the Mourning Process and several articles and book reviews.


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