#462 – Carl Jung and Erich Neumann with Jungian Analyst Nancy Furlotti PhD

Nancy Furlotti


Nancy Swift Furlotti, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California. She is a past President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Dr. Swift Furlotti trained at the Los Angeles Institute while also participating in the von Franz Centre for Depth Psychology in Switzerland. She is a faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and teaches and lectures in the US and internationally. Her articles ‘The Archetypal drama in Puccini’s Madam Butterfly’ and ‘Tracing a Red Thread: Synchronicity and Jung’s Red Book’ have recently been published in Psychological Perspectives. She also has a chapter, ‘Angels and Idols: Los Angeles, A City of Contrasts’ in Tom Singer’s (ed.) book, Psyche and the City: A Soul’s Guide to the Modern Metropolis. Her recent book edited with Dr. Erel Shalit is titled, The Dream and its Amplification. Her article on the Jung-Neumann correspondence is included in the soon to be published book, Turbulent Times, Creative Minds: Erich Neumann and C. G Jung in Relationship.

Dr. Swift Furlotti has a deep interest in exploring the manifestations of the psyche through dreams and myths, with a specific focus on the dark emanations from the psyche. A current focus of research is on Mesoamerican mythology. Her dissertation titled, A Jungian Psychological Amplification of the Popol Vuh, the Quiché Maya Creation Myth, will be published in 2017. Her interest in exploring symbols and deepening her understanding of Jung, have landed her on two foundations: The Philemon Foundation, where she is a founding board member and served as co-President, and ARAS (Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism). She is, also, vice-President of the Kairos Film Foundation that oversees the Remembering Jung Video Series, 30 interviews with Jungian analysts, and the films, A Matter of Heart and The World Within, and continues to disseminate Jungian ideas through film. Dr. Swift Furlotti established the Carl Jung Professorial Endowment in Analytical Psychology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She is also a board member of the Foundation for Anthropological Research & Environmental Studies (FARES) and is delighted to now be a member of the board of Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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  1. John Knight
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:14 am | Permalink


    I’ve been stuck in the world of statistics for the last semester in what is usually the most loathed and difficult unit in the entire psychology uni curriculum (research methods 2 – inferential statistics, etc.)! Yuck! So this was a nice escape to celebrate freedom from that statistical hell. 😉

    Like you, I’d heard the name Neumann and seen it around, but I never really knew much more. I really liked the way you both framed it, with Neumann almost being prepped as the new ‘prince’ from Jung, as Jung was being prepped by Freud… and of course certain religious zealots in that circle would of course reject him. How familiar!

    I loved your last question too. I wonder if we’ll ever see any dramatisations around the relationship the way we have with Freud and Jung?

  2. Alan Tabor
    Posted August 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I particularly appreciated the Erich Neumann episode!

    Neumann’s Origins and History of CS was an huge book for me. It discusses the self as essentially an ‘auto-regulatory’ mechanism and hence combined two of my main influences of the time: Carl Jung and Gregory Bateson’s system theory. Some of Neumann’s formulations of how the psyche develops could have as easily been made by Bateson.

    If you believe, as I do, that we start as a bag of parts (this a result of the culture and learning replacing a lot of what instinct does) and that the parts can conflict with each other and with the culture at all levels (family, tribe, planet) then the need for a powerful instinct to build Self is all that keeps us from spinning off in all directions. The self can be viewed as an evolving system. ‘Centroversion’ seeks to bring the individual back to a centered whole by knitting together the parts.

    Listening, I was looking forward to pointing out the Camilia Paglia paper but you had it already! Odd where Neumann’s influence pops up!

    I just ordered Neumann’s book on Amor and Psyche using your Amazon widget. James Hillman’s Re-Visioning Psychology also uses that myth as a key story for depth psychology arguing that Jung’s central myth, which he terms the Hero’s Night Sea Journey is too narrow.

    Keep up the great work,

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