Breakfast at Küsnacht: Conversations on C.G. Jung and Beyond comprises a series of interviews with 10 Jungians and a special guest, Susie Orbach, feminist and relational psychotherapist. Each interview begins by asking them about the central steps of their intellectual biography/journey and which authors (or research areas) they consider essential for their own development and work (also beyond psychoanalysis). Therefore, when interviewing the Jungians, three basic questions were asked: (1) Who is Jung? Or, who is your Jung? (2) What is Jung´s relevance today? (3) What are dreams? These questions preceded a look into their own work and contributions.
Themes contained within the book include: C.G. Jung´s work and his validity today; HIV and AIDS; Anima/Animus and Homosexuality; Alchemy; Dreams; Marie-Louise von Franz; Wolfgang Giegerich and Hegel; Otto Gross, the Personal and the Political; Individuation; Painting, Drawing and the Unconscious; the Red Book; Relational Psychoanalysis; Women, Feminism, Love and Revolution; The application of the I-Ching in therapy; Becoming and Analyst.
-Paul Attinello, Ph.D.
-John Beebe, Ph.D.
-Ursula Brasch, M.A.
-Stefano Carpani, M.A., M.Phil.
-Gottfried M. Heuer, Ph.D.
-George Hogenson, Ph.D.
-Philip Kime, Ph.D.
-Marianne Meister-Notter, Dr. Phil.
-Susie Orbach, Ph.D.
-Alfred Ribi, M.D.
-Murray Stein, Ph.D.
-Mark Winborn, Ph.D.
“A young man, Stefano Carpani (1978), conducted interviews with the analysts he met with during his training. What did he do? He talked to men and women who have become Jungian analysts. He asked about their intellectual careers, but above all what C.G. Jung means to them and how C.G. Jung is perceived in the present world. He asked about preferences and how they bring their special knowledge into psychotherapeutic practice. He also asked Susie Orbach, among other things, ‘what is love?’
“Breakfast at Küsnacht: this title is intended to link the various interviews. Why Breakfast at Küsnacht? Is Küsnacht connected with Jung, with the source of Jung’s psychotherapy, a classical place of memory, or is it about the author’s first journalistic activity of this type, with these interviews? Is it his ‘breakfast’ – and can we expect other nourishing activities in the course of time? As little as there is ‘the CG Jung,’ there is ‘the Jungian analyst,’ and yet I think that if you read these interviews, you can feel and discern a common basic attitude.”
–Verena Kast, former Professor of Psychology, University of Zürich and President of the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich. Author of Time to Mourn, Sisyphus and The Creative Leap
“Stefano Carpani has taken on the task of creating a Jungian community for his generation. I mean for those under 50 at this moment in time. But those (many) who are older also need to read this book. To do this, Carpani has had to bear Donald Winnicott’s words in mind: ‘It is not possible to be original except on a basis of tradition.’ The Breakfast at Küsnacht series is immense. Who exactly are today’s Jungian ancestors, anyway? Not really Jung, von Franz, Hillman, Fordham – well, of course we all read them. Ancestors change. The analysts who studied under those giants are, if not today’s giants, at least very significant ancestors in their own right. Carpani’s career trajectory is full of daring, creativity, and a deep respect for others.”
–Andrew Samuels, former Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex. Author of Jung and the Post-Jungians
Table of Contents
Preface by Verena Kast
Introduction by Stefano Carpani
Breakfast at Küsnacht
Chapter 1: C.G. Jung and Thinking about HIV/AIDS – Paul Attinello
Chapter 2: C.G. Jung, Anima/Animus, Homosexuality, and Integrity – John Beebe
Chapter 3: C.G. Jung and the I Ching – Ursula Brasch
Chapter 4: Otto Gross: “The Personal is the Political” – Gottfried M. Heuer
Chapter 5: C.G. Jung, Depth, and Transformation – George Hogenson
Chapter 6: C.G. Jung, Hegel, and Wolfgang Giegerich – Philip Kime
Chapter 7: C.G. Jung, Individuation, and Painting the Unconscious – Marianne Meister-Notter
Chapter 8: How Are Women Today? Feminism, Love, and Revolution – Susie Orbach
Chapter 9: C.G. Jung, von Franz, and Alchemy – Alfred Ribi
Chapter 10: C.G. Jung, Individuation, and The Red Book – Murray Stein
Chapter 11: C.G. Jung and Becoming a Psychoanalyst – Mark Winborn
About the Editor:
Stefano Carpani M.A., M.Phil., (1978) earned a Master of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in sociology from Cambridge University and Manchester (respectively). He graduated in Literature and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich (CH) and a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytical Studies, University of Essex (UK). He works in private practice in Berlin (DE).
He is the initiator of the YouTube interview series Breakfast at Küsnacht, which aims to capture the voices of senior Jungians. He is the author of The Consequences of Freedom (in Jungian Perspectives on Indeterminate States: ‘Betwixt and Between’ Borders, Routledge, 2020), and The Numinous and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (unpublished, winner of the Kim Arendt Award 2019). Stefano is also the editor of Breakfast at Küsnacht: Conversations on C. G. Jung and Beyond (Chiron, 2020), and The Plural Turn in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies: The Work of Andrew Samuels (Routledge, 2020).