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Samuels, A. (1983). The Emergence of Schools of Post-Jungian Analytical Psychology. J. Anal. Psychol., 28(4):345-362.

(1983). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 28(4):345-362

The Emergence of Schools of Post-Jungian Analytical Psychology

Andrew Samuels


AS PART of my continuing search for professional identity, I have become interested in the question of whether there are specific schools of analytical psychology that have developed since Jung's death in 1961. At the outset I must warn my readers that I may be taking them across ground that is familiar; I need the momentum to help me chart the course of Jungian family life with its healthy differences. And, later in the paper, when I discuss differing views of the ego in post-Jungian analytical psychology, my concern is more with post-Jungian analytical psychology than with the ego itself.

The structure of the paper is as follows: I try to present Jung as the founder of a discipline and quite aware of that rôle, in contrast to the way he is usually portrayed. Next I review existing classifications of analytical psychology into what may be called schools, and give my own classification. Two ideas underpin this structure: first that the differences between the schools of analytical psychology can, paradoxically, help us to define the discipline as such; and, second, that if there really is a Jungian point of view we should expect to find in the schools of analytical psychology more than a common tradition. We may discover something in common in the developments within the various schools—a common ideological present and a common ideological future with, of course, major differences of opinion.

Jung and the Post-Jungians

To find one's way around in the contemporary Jungian world is not easy. Jung's standing as a psychological thinker and analyst, rather than guru or prophet, is reinforced by analytical psychologists and the writings of the post-Jungians.

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