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The Inception of the Study Center

The C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California was founded by a small group of Jungian Analysts to honor the depth of the human psyche, as viewed through the telescopic lens of C.G. Jung’s Analytical Psychology. In addition to the world of psychology Jung’s research and writing has a contemporaneous impact on anthropology, archeology, literature, art, music, and film. He also emphasized the healing power of nature, and the significance of the ancestral psyche as related to one’s own depth and to cultural diversity. His insight regarding the universal nature of archetypes, reflects the human potential for inclusiveness and kinship.

The goal of the Study Center founders was to create a training center reflective of Jung’s expansive work, for those inspired to become Jungian Analysts and to offer programs and events for the public at large. The studies include contributions from a multitude of prominent Jungian Analysts and scholars. As Jung’s work is experienced in the present and in the future, his timeless insights can create new meaning in our ever-changing world and within the depths of our personal lives.

Through the years the Study Center has greatly expanded its analytic membership. Creative contributions in terms of research, writing, teaching, workshops and public presentations continue to further amplify and facilitate the multidimensional vision of C.G. Jung.

Our Mission

The C. G. Jung Study Center of Southern California is a community of like-minded persons dedicated to the psychological vision of Jung. Our community consists of Jungian Analysts, psychotherapists in training to become analysts, and others who have encountered the unconscious at depth.

Our approach is "traditional." This means we are inspired by the life and work of C. G. Jung as found in the Collected Works and his other writings. We are also inspired by those closest to Jung's understanding of the value of consciousness and the reality of the archetypal psyche. We read with pleasure Marie-Louise von Franz, Edward F. Edinger, Barbara Hannah, Erich Neumann, and Esther Harding. And we listen to the wisdom of the psyche as it speaks through the world's religions, philosophies, its scientific discoveries, and the arts.

The primary aim of the Study Center is to train students to become Jungian Analysts. We also offer educational programs for mental health professionals and the general public. And we encourage individual research and publication on all aspects of basic Jungian theory and practice. We do these things, as Jung observed, to "dream the myth onwards and give it a modern dress."

Analytical Psychology

Analytical Psychology is the school of depth psychology based upon the discoveries and concepts of Carl Gustav Jung. Jung gave the broadest and most comprehensive view of the human psyche yet available. His writings include a fully-developed theory of the structure and dynamics of the psyche in both its conscious and unconscious aspects, a detailed theory of personality types and, most importantly, a full description of the universal, primordial images deriving from the deepest layers of the unconscious psyche. The latter discovery has enabled Jung to describe striking parallels between the unconscious images produced by individuals in dreams and visions and the universal motifs found in the religions and mythologies of all ages.

What is the Traditional Jungian Paradigm and why is it important to Analytical Psychological Training?

The C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California is a Training Center dedicated to training potential Analysts, also facilitating programs for public and mental health professionals on Jungian Analytical Psychology, including research and writing based on a Jungian approach.

The central component of Jung’s work is the discovery of the objective psyche, specifically, the Self, the archetype of wholeness. The discovery of the Self is made possible by valuing the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious; accepting “the other” within. He writes in his autobiography Memories, Dreams, and Reflections, “The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of his life,” (p. 325). Jung inspires in us, throughout his voluminous work, the realization that the connection to the infinite and the recognition that the psyche is real are the determining factors of one’s life. The connection to the objective psyche is also the vital piece of all psychological work. Jung’s discovery of the collective unconscious and his development of the theory of instinct separates Jungian Psychology from other modalities. Jung taught his pupils and his clients the efficacy and importance of the living reality of unconscious, and most importantly, he offered his humanity born out of his own confrontation with the unconscious (see Jung’s Red Book).

Jung and others such as Von Franz, Barbara Hannah, Eric Neumann, Ester Harding, and Edward Edinger are the analysts that belong to what is referred to as the Traditional Jungian approach. These authors articulated how to practice and teach in a tradition dedicated to the psychological vision of Jung. Their proximity to Jung helped them continue to complement Jung’s work, which is [remaining true to the core beliefs that Jung discovered and taught, and with tremendous effort,] communicated throughout his Collected Works and beyond. These traditional Jungians model how Jungian Analysts work in concert with the archetypal psyche to understand its wisdom; through our personal relationship to the natural psyche we experience our own encounter with the Greater Personality, or the Self.

The traditional Jungian paradigm is important to Analytical Psychological training because it is the path towards two things: one, a possible permanent alteration of one’s personality, and a transformation of the unconscious itself. These two outcomes can emerge from a deep psychological analysis where meaning is found in divine service to the Self. This experience has a lasting, permanent impact on the individual and the unconscious. Jung reminds us of the importance of the active, reflecting consciousness in this process and the recognition of a vital urge within the individual to engage creatively with the unconscious. Jung writes, “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. It may even be assumed that just as the unconscious affects us, so the increase in our consciousness affects the unconscious” (Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p. 326). Analytical Training informs the individual how to become more conscious of what is emerging from the unconscious in oneself and the individual before him/her as each works towards the discovery of the wholeness of the Self and widening consciousness in the world.


Executive Council

Jorge de la O
Joyce Heyraud
Janet Blaser
Karmen Kamla

Joan Abraham
Shawn Klein
Tom Elsner

Board Of directors

George Elder
Patrick Roth
Anne Pickup

Jorge de la O
Janet Blaser

Resident Scholars

Shirley Eisman, MFA
Patrick Roth

Honorary Member

Linny Sanford

Friends Of The Study Center

Henri Heyraud

In Memoriam

Dianne Cordic (for obituary, click here)
V. Walter Odajnyk
Maude Ann Taylor
Margaret Johnson