Interview with Carl Gustav Jung

Posted on YouTube on June 21, 2012 ‘Face to Face’ interviews Carl Gustav Jung, October 22, BBC 1959. In English, subtitles in Castilian.
Interview by John Freeman with Carl Jung in 1959. The founder of analytical psychology talks about his childhood, his ideas on death and God, about life after death and some aspects of his theory. (For English viewers, skip the few first minutes as it contains a curious introduction in Spanish. The actual interview follows swiftly).

Fascinating document that gives us the opportunity to 0bserve the excitement in the words and expression of Jung talking about his passion. Interesting to note the importance that he gives to imagination as a powerful form of energy in a similar way in which we understand it in the field of hypnosis. Likewise with the subconscious and with intuition, considered determining factors in our behavior and development, also very important tools in hypnotherapy. Fascinating to recognize how our understanding of the human mind has increased over the last 50 years, and how our perceptions of specific topics such as sexuality, or the treatment of gender, have evolved during this half century.

“The world hangs on a thread. And that is the psyche of man” Carl G. Jung (47 ‘)

Please note that, as our reader “lewislafontaine” explains below (comments section), Jung himself stopped using hypnosis in his work:

“In the beginning I employed hypnosis in my private practice also, but I soon gave it up because in using it one is only groping in the dark.” ~Carl Jung, Memories Dreams and Reflections, Pages 119-120.

We believe it is important to inform our readers of Jung’s position regarding hypnosis. This way we hope to encourage the use of each individual’s critical thinking as well as the potential start of further research by those interested in the subject.


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Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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7 Responses to Interview with Carl Gustav Jung

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  4. lewislafontaine says:

    In this article the author fails to disclose the fact that Dr. Carl Jung stopped using hypnosis as a therapeutic treatment.

    “In the beginning I employed hypnosis in my private practice also, but I soon gave it up because in using it one is only groping in the dark.” ~Carl Jung, Memories Dreams and Reflections, Pages 119-120.

    • Anna Pons says:

      thank you so much for this comment. Indeed the concept of the mind is still mainly a construct to these days, and this makes any work with the subconscious mind something rather subjective. However, looking at clinical results we find many positive outcomes to the work with hypnosis. Helping people construct their own inner self, their own inner mind, may prove beneficial to many patients. One of the most important ideas to consider is that, in the hands of a professionally trained hypnotherapist, investigating the subconscious mind should not present any side effects. The drug free nature of this therapy is something interesting to have into account, specially dealing with people with allergies or intolerances to medicaments. If therapy arrives to a point where the therapist feels like they are only groping at the dark, but the patient feels like they have made a move forward in the understanding and overcoming of their challenge, that may be considered by many a clinical success.

      • lewislafontaine says:

        The point of my previous comment is not a denial that there may be positive results from hypnosis.

        The point was that the author of the article has an intellectual and ethical responsibility if citing Dr. Jung’s views on hypnosis to make clear to the reader that Dr. Jung stopped using hypnosis.

        There are all too many instances wherein authors invoke Dr. Jung’s life,work and legacy to add an air of validity and authenticity to their own work without disclosing Dr. Jung’s views in a complete context. i.e.

        The author ought to step up and revise the article including the fact that Dr. Jung stopped using hypnosis in therapy.

        Potential patients who read the article are entitled to full disclosure.

        Not to do so does a disservice to patients and to the reputation of hypnosis therapy as a whole.

  5. Anna Pons says:

    Thank you again for your comment. Although the above article makes no reference to Jung actually using hypnosis, the fact that Jung is the subject of the article inevitably relates him to hypnosis- the central subject of this blog. I agree with you that potential patients are entitled to full disclosure, for this reason your comment and much valuable information shall be added to the article. Thanks so much for contributing to making this blog richer and better informed.

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