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Free Vienna Special Edition

We are delighted to introduce this Special Edition of the Journal of Analytical Psychology in which we have gathered together some of the best papers written in the last few years related to the subject of the Vienna Congress – ‘Encountering the other: within us, between us and in the world’. We will keep the introduction brief and simply signpost the links to our theme.

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We have chosen Tom Singer’s paper to start the collection, as he shares his own personal journey, almost archetypical in its theme, of moving from the introverted self-exploration of early Jungian analysis to the analyst engaging as a ‘citizen of the world’. An early dream heralds this development.

Yehuda Abramovitch’s lively paper interrogates and challenges how we see the other - what we project onto and into them, how we ‘invent the enemy’, often with profound personal and political consequences, although sometimes this also serves a good purpose.

Bringing the discussion into the consulting room, Ruth Calland’s paper interrogates the issues of power, race and intimacy in her work with a bi-racial patient, and takes us to the heart of these issues, and how we engage with them in ourselves and in our consulting rooms. Ruth is refreshingly candid about her struggles and projections and how she and her patient worked with them.

Gražina Gudaitė explores the interplay between subjective and objective, inner and outer, individual and collective, in a fascinating study that included the recounting of a ‘healing moment’ in the psychotherapy of patients. This was part of an innovative qualitative research project conducted over many years at Vilnius University.

Back in the consulting room, Alessandra Cavalli’s important paper describes, in exceptional detail, the way that identification with the other can curtail the individual’s development. In this case Alessandra describes a three-year-old boy’s identification with his ‘lost’ mother (he underwent a crucial separation from her whilst she underwent a double mastectomy before he had completed weaning) and how this identification needed to be relinquished in order for him to be able to move on and become 'me'.

Henrique Pereira documents a more culturally-based struggle, where the new generation, having had permissive, liberal parents and thus not having had to face a ‘confronting other’ in relation, and in distinction, to whom they can define themselves, struggle to find their way. He outlines how depression can ensue.

Danutė Gailienė turns to the situation when the totalitarian other, in this case the state, has oppressed and annihilated the individual. Her fascinating and detailed research shows, amongst other things, how those who opposed the oppression, if they were able to survive (and tragically many many people did not), fare better psychologically than those who complied with the former regime.

Finally, we have Gus Cwik’s plenary paper from the previous IAAP Congress, held in Kyoto, which unfolds the relationship between self and other in the analytic process, exploring how, as Jung described in his study of the Rosarium, an analytic third is formed. Gus looks at the way there is true interplay between self and other in this process, through use of reverie and associative dreaming, and use of what appears in the mind of the analyst while in session.

It is particularly gratifying that the authors represented here come from all over the globe, a tradition we are keen to maintain.

Marcus West and Tom Kelly
Co-Editors-in-Chief

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