#295 Mythology and the Spiritual Journey with Richard Naegle, PhD


Richard Naegle PhD describes himself in the following terms: “I have always been interested in the unfolding of soul—as found in culture, art, ecology, and individuals. Having studied international relations at Occidental College and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, I returned from Europe in 1968 to a United States torn by the escalation of the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. Working as a social worker in Watts and then South San Francisco, California, I eventually returned to graduate school for an MSW (U.C. Berkeley) and PhD in Psychology (Columbia Pacific). For a brief time I lived at Esalen and rubbed elbows with the likes of Joseph Campbell and Fritz Perls. When I decided to follow a calling as a psychotherapist, I turned to the only organization I had found where the leaders truly seemed to practice what they preached—the Guild for Psychological Studies in San Francisco. Founded by two analysts in the Jungian tradition (who were at the founding of the Jung Institute in Zurich, who were Mrs. Jung’s last patients, but who were not invited to join the S.F. Jung Institute for a variety of historical reasons), the Guild focused on the interface of psychology and religion, especially the Judeo-Christian tradition. It offered exploration in a rich mix of depth psychology, mythology, spirituality, somatic experience, art, music, poetry, and world awareness. Through the Guild, I’ve led scores of workshops on the interface of psychology, mythology, and spirituality in the Western U.S., England, and Australia—with study trips to Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and England. In addition, for many years I taught courses in depth psychology for John F. Kennedy University and the Meridien University.”

“Currently, I am in private practice as a therapist in the Jungian tradition in Berkeley and Forestville, California. While no longer very active in the Guild, my interests have expanded to local politics and men’s groups as well as community singing and ritual, along with the oral tradition of poetry. I enjoy my children and grandchildren and am greatly enhanced by my wife, Elizabeth.”

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One Comment

  1. John Knight
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Top shelf episode, very profound. This strikes me particularly as an episode that is language not exclusively ‘Jungian’, and would probably be easily understood by the general public.

    Regarding the question of ‘Jungianism’ (or is Jungian Psychology some kind of religion?), I thought Dr. Naegle gave the perfect answer.

    Two side points that stuck out for me: one being Richard using the word ‘ego-ology’, and I really liked that – I think modern psychology is often running far too much along those terms. The other was the subject of religion and the function of a container: I think this is a fascinating topic that hasn’t been much explored, and is a whole discussion in itself.


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