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CLUB-HISTORY

EMERGING INTO A NEW CENTURY
The Psychology Club Zurich 1916-2016

Introduction by the President

The Psychology Club Zurich was founded in 1916 by Mr. and Mrs. McCormick-Rockefeller, Emma and Carl Gustav Jung, and some Zurich friends of Complex Psychology. From the very beginning the clubhouse was probably the most important forum for the psychiatrist C.G. Jung to present his ideas in many seminars and lectures before publishing them. After the break with Sigmund Freud the clubhouse became a setting in which Analytical Psychology, as it was called later, could blossom in exchanges with specialists from the most diverse of disciplines in the presence of analysts and analysands.

Carl Gustav Jung’s psychological insights are deeply rooted in the past; they reach back into archaic existence, yet that very fact endows them with their ever-regenerating, future-directed character.  

In 2016 the Psychology Club Zürich celebrated its hundredth anniversary. Thus the Club’s beginning coincided with the period when the Red Book had its origins. As he wrote in the Epilogue of the Red Book (1959), two years before his death, C.G. Jung spent sixteen long years working with his inner images. All the more important, then, was the Club, which afforded him the welcome opportunity to share his discoveries with others. For Jung this was also a special reason to found the Club: he wanted to create a place where the inner, often lonely work on the soul could find a balance in exchanges with others. To this day the Club understands itself as a place where colleagues and lay people, interested in Analytical Psychology, and from all over the world can mutually exchange their creative work and thoughts. To this day this interaction is of prime importance, namely to be true to the living spirit of Psyche. 

In 2012 the Club finally reached the status of a non-profit organization (NPO), meaning that in future all donations to the Club as well as the Club itself are tax-free in Switzerland. To make this possible we had to create the Stiftung Psychologischer Club Zürich (Foundation of the Psychology Club Zurich). According to its constitution the goal of the foundation is “the scientific support of Analytical Psychology according to C.G. Jung, especially by preserving the Clubhouse as the vessel for these activities with local as well as international orientation.” By this step two different realms have been separated: the organization of public lectures and seminars as well as the administration of the Club library and the archive for research work on the history of Analytical Psychology on the one hand, and the administration and preservation of the clubhouse on the other hand.

As our stately house was aging, and we wish to present it for future generations in its best condition, it was in pressing need of renovation. The local government has put it under Cultural Heritage Protection. Approaching the centennial of the Club, the executive committee and the newly-founded Foundation of the Psychology Club Zurich therefore planned a renovation that would carefully preserve what is enduring and valuable, while at the same time modernizing its spaces and adapting them to today’s need. With that imperative in mind the clubhouse was completely renovated in 2012. We express our sincere gratitude to the two main donators who enabled us to do this huge undertaking, as well as to all those who supported us in many other ways. The Psychology Club always lived and still lives from the support of the community of friends of Jungian psychology. It is a community of many individuals who love and search for the treasures of this psychology.

We strongly believe that, as a place of origin, the Psychology Club fulfills an important function in the worldwide development of Jungian psychology. Nearly one hundred years passed before the publication of the Red Book, the “prima materia for a lifetime’s work”, as C.G. Jung called it. The future of Analytical Psychology is still nascent, and many generations will pass before this bud unfolds into full bloom. We thus wish to do everything in our power to preserve the legacy of C.G. Jung’s work and thought for future generations.

In August 2016
Dr. Andreas Schweizer

 

C. G. Jung

 

Presidents of the Club


Emma Jung  1916-1920
Dr. Eugen Schlegel  1920-1921
Dr. Hans Trüeb  1921-1924
Hermann Sigg  1924-1926
Lulu Mäder  1926-1928
Tony Wolff  1928-1945
Dr. C.A. Meier  1945-1952
Cornelia Brunner  1952-1977
Dr. Ignaz Tauber  1977-1984
Prof. Dr. Werner Brunner  1984-1988
Dr. Alfred Ribi  1988-2006
Dr. Andreas Schweizer 2006-        
   

Emma Jung, first president
of the Psychology Club Zurich

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