Cambridge Jungian Circle
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Welcome to the CJC website
"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being." Carl Jung
There is a growing interest in the work and ideas of the great pioneering and influential figure of the twentieth century Carl Gustav Jung whose extraordinary genius and humanity reached far beyond the realm of psychology and psychiatry into redefining the essential nature of who we are and what we hope to become.
Carl Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded and pioneered analytical psychology. He differed from Freud in asserting that Sex was not the only driving force in the Unconscious by drawing attention to what he called the Collective Unconscious which included Archetypal patterns of behaviour which were common to all Mankind. He came to mainstream attention in the UK shortly before his death when he gave an interview to John Freeman of the BBC which aired on British television in 1959. His memoirs, which were co-written with his colleague and assistant Aniela Jaffé and entitled "Memories, Dreams, Reflections", were published posthumously but inspired new interest in his work among people who were seeking to understand themselves and their own experience in more depth.
In 1992 it was decided to establish a forum for those wanting to explore Jung's extraordinarily far ranging work in the company of others of like mind. The forum became known as The Cambridge Jungian Circle, and soon afterwards a registered charity. It now has about 40 resident members and about 150 who are subscribed to its newsletters and published proceedings. Their knowledge of Jung's work ranges widely. One of the qualities of the 'Circle' is the free interchange between people of different backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and experience of Jung and psychology.
The purpose of the Cambridge Jungian Circle is to advance public education in the form of understanding and awareness of the works of Carl Gustav Jung and related matters, from its base in Cambridge UK, as laid down in its constitution.
This website illustrates some of the ways we try to achieve that, how we are organised, what we can offer members. We invite anyone who has an interest in Jungian thought, or in Jung's life or work to consider becoming a part of this thriving Circle.
Generally on the third Friday of each month, but this may be varied to suit the needs of speakers.
During the current Lockdown in the UK, our events are being held online using Zoom. Members will receive the web-link via mailshots and visitors will find the instructions and links on their tickets