The International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority

The International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority


April 2013 Issue      



A rupture in one’s identity is the only entrance requirement [for psychology]. He who wants to be admitted has to have left his old self-identity behind and has to enter with or as a new identity. Not: I am not allowed in, whereas others are, but: my ordinary self in my street clothes is not allowed in, while some other part (hitherto probably unknown to me) of my personality is allowed to enter” (Giegerich, 1999, The Soul’s Logical Life, p.17).


 The International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority (ISPDI) proudly announces a workshop in Toronto on July The focus of the workshop is to deepen our understanding of the Entrance Problem of Psychology, an issue addressed by Wolfgang Giegerich in his book: The Soul's Logical Life.


Toronto ISPDI Workshop Program

“The Entrance Problem in Psychology”


July 20-21, 2013



Opening Remarks

Interiority and the Entrance Problem

David L. Miller



 The Entrance to the Entrance Problem John Robertson
 Entering the Speculative Mind Greg Mogenson

Jungian Psychology Applied to Itself: Giegerich's Entrance into PDI

Samina Salahuddin

Michael Caplan

Entering the Dream Wild

Colleen Hendrick

Michael Whan

The “Soul” in the Consulting Room
John Hoedl

How Does Giegerich Do It? The Dialectical Turns and Interpretative Gestures of PDI 

Peter White

Those interested in attending the workshop can get further information on the ISPDI website:


Best Regards,


The Executive Committee


John Hoedl, President
Greg Mogenson, Vice President
Samina Salahuddin, Recording Secretary
John Robertson, Treasurer
Peter White, Web Discussion Moderator
Daniel Anderson, G-Mail Monitor
Colleen Henderick, Membership Monitor
Marco Heleno Barreto, Assistant Web Discussion Monitor


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Ali Baba and the Entrance Problem: Prolemegolenon for a Future Paper on the Entrance Problem in PDI

Greg Mogenson

Report from the San Francisco/Bay Area "PDI" event

Hal Childs


Greetings from the San Francisco/Bay Area, where on February 16, the Guild for Psychological Studies hosted an informal "psychology as the discipline of interiority" event. Four of us, who had attended the first conference of the International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority in Berlin last summer, gave presentations to a circle of twenty-six interested people on themes inspired by the conference and the work of Wolfgang Giegerich. The audience was composed of people familiar with Jung's depth psychology and the personally transformative possibilities that the work of individuation affords. They are curious and interested in what psychology as the discipline of interiority is all about. Everyone was actively engaged all day.


The aim of our gathering was two-fold. One, to introduce an interested general audience to the new psychological syntax of Giegerich's bracing and challenging thought, and two, have an opportunity for the presenters to enter more deeply into the new syntax of consciousness that articulating the work out loud entails.


Richard Naegle presented an introduction that did not shy away from the proposition that psychology is not for the popular self-help audience, but for "professionals" who are willing to engage the difficult thought a psychology with soul entails. Richard showed that Jung's classical "map of the psyche" is an ego-centered point of view, while psychology with soul must be "theoretical," that is, it must be thought, and thought through in such a way that the thought thinking itself comes to reality, comes home to itself. He introduced the idea of "e introduced the H " binocular vision" as that ability to see both the depth of soul and its particular manifestation simultaneously, to see what we are seeing as a differentiated unity of both the logical form and the phenomenon that appears to us.


"Soul and World": An interpretation of Wolfgang Giegerich's keynote address1

Hal Childs

Hal Childs presented an "interpretation" of Giegerich's keynote address, "Soul and World," emphasizing the importance of grasping the notion of interiority as those meanings embodied in language that are the dialectic of soul-world. The ontological split between soul (mind) and world (matter) is the legacy of modernity, and does not belong in psychology's realization that there is no non-linguistic "world" that can be sundered from soul's meanings and significance. This unitary view sees that Soul and World cannot be "outside" each other but rather exist as the place of our experience illuminated through language. The "world" can only be "our" world as the unified soul-and-world that continually produces itself as culture and history.


Possible Implications of Interiority for Psychotherapy

Faith Mason, MA

Faith Mason's presentation gathered several of Giegerich's startling and provocative statements about the private and irrelevant nature of personal psychotherapy ("As long as psychology is in fact acted out as one's private self-indulgence, it is truthless. Just fun, entertainment, or self-stabilization." (CEP 4, p. 581) She then went deeper into exploring the symptom as soul's thought attempting to think itself into a new form of consciousness as the person who suffers. She showed us how the larger perspective of soul shifts away from the ego's preoccupations, illustrating this shift with the problem of personal failure in relation to our intractable problems. Faith shifted the problem of failure to the larger perspective of soul with the story of Thor's failure to lift the cat of the frost giant Utgarda-Loki. Thor failed to lift the "cat" because it was in fact the disguised Midgard serpent. (Soul's Logical Life, p. 55) The psychotherapist is the one who holds, for the patient and the work, the particular and universal together in their dialectical unity and difference.



From 'God" to psychology: tracing the 'I am' through myth and history in the Judeo-Christian, western tradition.

Hal Childs

Hal Childs also presented the paper he delivered at the Berlin conference: "From 'God" to psychology: tracing the 'I am' through myth and history in the Judeo-Christian, western tradition." This paper attempts to demonstrate the soul's historical transformations as logical forms of consciousness from the creation myth in Genesis, through the "I AM" of YHWH in the Jewish myth, the "I am" of Christ in the Christian myth, the "I am" of Descartes in the Enlightenment "myth" of modernity, to the psychological "I am" embodied in Jung's realization of the significance of consciousness during his trip to Africa. (This paper was posted to the ISPDI website after Berlin.)



Revisioning "Guild work" from a Soul Perspective

Harry Henderson

Harry Henderson gathered his thoughts around examining the seventy-year history of the Guild for Psychological Studies and its intellectual legacy of the historical-critical approach to the Jesus traditions in the synoptic gospels and the psychological framework of early Jung. The Guild's founders creatively combined a critical approach to the teachings of Jesus with the resources provided by Jung's depth psychology, but were limited by the ego-centered, humanistic frame of mid-20th century consciousness. The open question is how the Guild might shift its focus from trying to redefine old concepts (a semantic, horizontal move) to entering the syntax of our technological-medial world today. We are looking for ways to help ourselves and others live with a more conscious appreciation of the psychological difference.


Spring Journal Books
(the book publishing imprint of Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, the oldest Jungian psychology journal in the world)
The Flight Into The Unconscious
The Flight Into The Unconscious
An Analysis of C.G. Jung's Psychology Project
by Wolfgang Giegerich
ISBN: 978-1-935528-43-2
464 pp.
Price: $32.95
The latest book in the Studies in Archetypal Psychology Series
Series Editor: Greg Mogenson
Psychological analysis usually sets its sights upon the patient or upon cultural phenomena such as myths, literature, or works of art. The essays in this volume, by contrast, have another addressee, another subject matter-psychology itself. Deeply informed by Jung's insight regarding the discipline's lack of an objective vantage point outside and beyond the psyche, their Jungian author again and again turns Jung's contribution to psychology around upon itself in the spirit of an immanent critique. Cutting to the quick, the question is put: in its constitution as psychology is Jungian psychology up to the level of what its insight into psychology's lack of an Archimedean point would require? Are the interpretations it gives of its various subject matters-alchemy, religion, the unconscious and the rest-matched by its interpretation of itself? Has its meeting itself in them had consequences for itself, consequences in terms of the fathoming of its own truth? Or clinging to the standpoint of empirical observer, did it ultimately demur with regards to the question of their truth and its own-this despite Jung's having characterized his work as an opus divinum? Topics include Jung's psychology project as a response to the condition of the world, the "smuggling" inherent in the logic of "the unconscious," Jung's communion fiasco, the closure and setting free dialectic of alchemy and psychology, the blindness to logical form problematic, the faultiness of the opposition "Individual" and "Collective," Jung's thinking the thought of not-thinking, the veracity of his Red Book, the disenchantment complex, and, as indicated in the title of this volume, Jung's psychology project as a counter-speculative "flight into the unconscious."
CHAPTER ONE: C.G. Jung's Psychology Project as a Response to the Condition of the World
CHAPTER TWO: Psychology as Anti-Philosophy: C.G. Jung
Method of approach and textual basis
Paradise Lost
Ego resistance against his thought
The ego resistance as instigated by the thought itself
Disowning his own thought. From "I" to "it"
The construction of the principle of subjective certainty and immediacy
What looks like events is performed rituals
Intellectual isolation and renouncement of truth
The thought of not-thinking
CHAPTER THREE: The Disenchantment Complex. C.G. Jung and the Modern World
CHAPTER FOUR: The Rejection of the Hic. Reflections on C.G. Jung's Communion Fiasco
"Was it my failure?"
From hic to alibi and the loss of earth
Psychological consumerism
The historical move from sensual enactment to logos and thought and Jung's rescue of the sensual
Holding one's place within the negation and the situation of absence
The communal nature of soul
CHAPTER FIVE: The Smuggling Inherent in the Logic of the "Psychology of the Unconscious"
CHAPTER SIX: The Flight Into the Unconscious. C.G. Jung's Psychology Project
I. The acquisition of the standpoint of "the unconscious"
II. The flight into the unconscious
III. Form change: Echo escapes Pan
IV. "Immediate experience": Pan's flight from Echo
V. Mysterium disiunctionis
VI. The logical generation of "the unconscious"
VII. The actual fabrication of "the unconscious"
CHAPTER SEVEN: Liber Novus, that is, The New Bible. A First Analysis of C.G. Jung's Red Book
The book which is not a book
Pitfalls for the superficial observer
The project
The construction of psychic objectivity
CHAPTER EIGHT: The Opposition of "Individual" and "Collective"-Psychology's Basic Fault. Reflections on Today's Magnum Opus of the Soul
Postscript 2011
CHAPTER NINE: Closure and Setting Free or The Bottled Spirit of Alchemy and Psychology
CHAPTER TEN: Mythic Illusory Appearance - Blindness to Logical Form. C.G. Jung's Faust Interpretation, for Instance 405
I. The mode of artistic creation
II. The topic and issues treated in Faust II
III. Logical form
About the Author:
Wolfgang Giegerich,PhD, is a Jungian analyst who after many years in private practice in Stuttgart and later in Wörthsee, near Munich, now lives in Berlin. He has lectured and taught in many countries. His approximately two hundred publications in several languages include numerous books, among them The Soul's Logical Life: Towards a Rigorous Notion of Psychology (Peter Lang, 1998; 4th ed. 2007), the previous four volumes of his Collected English Papers: The Neurosis of Psychology, Technology and the Soul, Soul-Violence, and The Soul Always Thinks, as well as What Is Soul? (all published by Spring Journal Books).
Other Giegerich books published by Spring Journal Books include:
Click on a book below to view more information.


The Neurosis of Psychology
Collected English Papers
Vol. 1

Technology and the Soul
Collected English Papers
Vol. 2

Collected English Papers
Vol. 3

The Soul Always Thinks
Collected English Papers
Vol. 4

Dialectics and Analytical Psychology
The El Capitan Canyon Seminar
with David L. Miller and Greg Mogenson

What is Soul?



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Stan Marlan is giving a version of the talk he gave in Berlin in Buffalo this month.

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