CBC Radio’s Ideas Explores Carl Jung’s The Red Book

One of the many detailed illustrations by Carl Jung from The Red Book: Liber Novus. (W.W. Norton/Philemon Foundation via CBC)

AHP readers may be interested in a recent two part episode of CBC Radio’s Ideas program which explores Carl Jung’s The Red Book. As the description of these episodes notes, the book

… documents and analyzes what the Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist called his “confrontation with the unconscious.” Beset by vivid and alarming dreams and fantasies, Jung’s crisis began at the age of 39, at the time of the First World War.

The Red Book was an effort to understand what had happened during this period. The stakes were high: Jung felt he had lost his soul, and was in danger of a psychotic break.

The episodes can be heard online here.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.