“He was the most reasonable man I’ve ever known. And whatever he did that was out of line, he was always willing to reconsider what he had said that disturbed anyone, and did it with great interest.” – Joseph Henderson, M.D
Joseph Henderson was born in Nevada in 1903, educated in the East where Thornton Wilder became a mentor, and graduated from Princeton. He worked as a journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area where he met Dr. H. G. Baynes, a close associate of C. G. Jung. In 1929 He went to Zurich to analyse with Jung. He decided to become an analyst and went to medical school in London. He married Helena Cornford, daughter of a noted Cambridge scholar, and when the war broke out, they returned to the U.S. where Joe helped found the Jung Institute of San Francisco. Henderson taught at Stanford Medical School and did research there.
Two books, Thresholds of Initiation and Cultural Patterns in Psychological Perspective, contribute significant and original insights. Henderson is regarded the world over for his unique gifts as a scholar and for his profound healing instincts. A central influence in the training of analysts, he retired from practice in 2006.
This conversation with Thomas Kirsch, M.D., a Jungian analyst practicing in Palo Alto, California, was filmed in the garden of Dr. Henderson’s home in May of 1977.
Producer: George Wagner – Director: Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D. – Editor/Line Producer: Tee Bosustow – Music: John Adams.