“He said,‘the point is, there are three of us (Freud, Adler, and Jung) and we seem to be all of us doing a land office business, and if any of us had the whole truth, the other two would be out of business.’’’ – Joseph Wheelwright, M.D.
Born and raised in Boston, Wheelwright spent summers in California where he met Jane Hollister. After their marriage, Joe and Jane traveled through China. Russia, and Asia. In 1932 they met Jung in Zurich. This galvanized the young Joe to pursue analytic training.
He began to analyze with Jung and attended medical school in London. Returning to the U.S. as World War II broke out, the Wheelwrights settled in San Francisco where they helped to found the Jung Institute. Joe taught for many years at Langley Porter Medical School and the Student Health Center in Berkeley. He continued to travel, to stay in contact with Jung, Michael Fordham, Gerhard Adler, Erik Erikson, and Gregory Bateson and served twice as President of the International Society of Jungian Analysts. A man of rare humour and lilting spirit, gifted in communicating deeper things in a personal, healing way, he is beloved as a leading figure in the field. Dr. Wheelwright died in June of 1999.
This conversation with James Yandell, M.D., Ph.D., a Jungian analyst practicing in Berkeley, California, was filmed in the garden of Dr. Wheelwright’s Kentfield home in May of 1976.
Producer: George Wagner – Director: Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D. – Editor/Line Producer: Tee Bosustow – Music: John Adams.