Dream Symbols of the Individuation Process: Notes of the Seminars given by Jung in Bailey Island and New York, 1936-7
In 1935, Jung delivered a major presentation entitled “Dream Symbols of the Individuation Process” at the Eranos conference in Ascona, based on the dreams of the nuclear physicist and nobel prize winner, Wolfgang Pauli. In 1944, Jung reworked the material in Psychology and Alchemy (CW, vol.12).
In 1936 and 1937, Jung delivered consecutive seminars in Bailey Island, Maine, and in New York, in which he went into far greater detail concerning the personal aspects of Pauli’s dreams. These seminars also comprised Jung’s most extensive presentations in America.
The almost verbatim transcript of these seminars shows the way in which Jung spoke in English in front of an audience of about 100 largely American analysts and analysands, including exposition of his spontaneous responses to questions. The comparison with the published texts sheds light on the differences between how Jung presented his material to the scholarly world and how he presented it to his followers.
The publication of the notes from these seminars will contribute to a fuller understanding of Jung and Pauli’s relationship, and to their dialogue concerning the relation of physics to psychology.
The seminars will also further elucidate their decades-long correspondence as published in Atom & Archetype: The Jung/Pauli Letters, 1932-1958 (C. A. Meier, ed. & David Roscoe, trans.,), prefaced by Philemon board member, Beverley Zabriskie).