“I think his greatness steins from his real capacity to understand the essential content of a particular piece of human distress. And when he did that, he was unrivaled. I think it’s a pity he didn’t give us more of that.” – Michael Fordham, M.D.
Dr. Fordham was born in London in 1905. He studied medicine at Trinity College, Cambridge. As a young physician he consulted with Dr. Peter Baynes, a Jungian analyst in London. Later, after meeting Jung, he decided to leave Neurology and become a psychoanalyst.
He was co-editor of the Collected Works of Jung in English and was a founding member of the Society of Jungian Analysts in London. Fordham was a pioneer in the study of the unconscious in the lives of children. In this interview he tells of his first encounter with Jung, the qualities he saw in Emma Jung, and on Jung’s relationship with his close associate, Toni Wolff. He speaks of Jung’s contribution in working with transference, and shares his own thoughts on the future directions of Analytical Psychology.
This conversation with Dr. Suzanne Wagner, a Jungian Analyst practicing in Sausalito, California, was filmed in December 1978 in Fordham’s office in London.
Producer: George Wagner – Director: Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D. – Editor/Line Producer: Tee Bosustow – Music: John Adams.