“A depression is a blessing of God… in the individual, it’s the greatest blessing somebody can have. Jung always talked about the blessing of a neurosis because it’s the only way you are tempted to look within.” – Marie-Louise von Franz
One of the most profound writers to follow Jung in the field of Analytical Psychology, Marie-Louise von Franz was born in Munich in 1915 and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich. She began analysis with Jung at eighteen and worked with him on research until his death in 1961. Her first major publication, Aurora Consurgens, is the companion volume to Jung’s last major work, Mysterium Coniunctionis. Among her other publications are C. G. Jung, His Myth in Our Time and On Dreams and Death. Here, she talks about the shadow, about her work completing Emma Jung’s book on The Grail Legend, and on problems in relating to the psyche for modern people. Dr. von Franz died in February 1998.
This conversation with Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst practicing in Sausalito, California, was filmed in 1979 at von Franz’s tower retreat in Bollingen, Switzerland.
Producer: George Wagner – Director: Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D. – Editor/Line Producer: Tee Bosustow – Music: John Adams.