Introduction to Site
The purpose of the site: what it does and doesn’t want to do
The essential purpose of this site is educational; it’s simply to make material about Jung and his psychology available to anyone who is interested.
Much of the material on the site is derived from a graduate diploma in Jungian Studies that I taught at the University of South Australia until recently. This diploma was open to anyone with a degree, with no demand that they have studied psychology.
As Andrew Samuels said (more or less) “If something is good psychology, then everyone will understand it.”
You don’t need qualifications of any sort to understand the material on this site, just an open and inquiring mind. If you have taken a degree in psychology, you may find this something of a disadvantage when studying Jungian thought. Psychology, as currently taught in Australian universities, tends to be all statistics, practical reports, cognitive- behavioural approaches and other mind-numbing topics. You may find Jungian psychology to be liberating, interesting and practically useful (see also ‘Why I Am A Jungian’).
Following from this, though, the material on this site is mostly rather basic or introductory. If you find that you want to know more, look at the reading list in Basic Jungian Studies. If you live in Australia, you will find a little more information about various lectures and courses in Jungian psychology in the appropriate file (Courses, Lectures and Events). There are, as far as I know, no degree courses in Jungian Studies in Australia.
The site doesn’t pretend to be more than this. It won’t get you a degree or academic credit of any kind and it isn’t any sort of training. It is here to educate, to amuse and, hopefully, to inspire.
Some advice on overlapping files
This website contains a number of files that, unavoidably, have overlapping contents. When comparing Freud and Jung, for example, some of Jung’s basic ideas from other files have to be included. Then again, descriptions of some of the archetypes (the shadow and the anima/animus, for example) occur in files ranging from those on basic psychology to descriptions of Peter Shaffer’s plays. This is to be expected – Jungian theories are complex and numerous and they are relevant to almost every sphere of human knowledge, from theatre to psychotherapy, from descriptions of personality to Shakespeare. In practice, you will probably find that some repetition of material reinforces your learning and helps you to see how widespread is the relevance and usefulness of Jungian theories.
David Haynes: a short biography
David Haynes is a psychotherapist and scientist. His orientation is essentially Jungian, but he uses ideas from many areas of knowledge in his work. David was a registered psychologist from 1992 until retirement in 2014. He has studied at the C G Jung Institut, Zurich and has worked with Jungian analysts in Switzerland and Australia. He has degrees in psychology, drama and zoology.
Before David was a psychologist, David was a Lecturer in Zoology at the universities of London and Wales, then of Biochemistry at St Bartholomew’s and King’s College Hospitals, London. After migrating to Australia he became a principal hospital scientist at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.
After many years as a research scientist, David studied Drama, then studied briefly at the C.G. Jung Institut in Zurich, before taking a degree in psychology in 1982. His Jungian orientation came about while he was working as an actor and discovered that Jung’s ideas, (rather than those of Freud or Skinner), helped him in the inner exploration needed to create good theatre performance.
David qualified for registration by practice and became a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of South Australia. In 2006-7 he created, and became programme director of, a Graduate Diploma in Jungian Studies at the University of South Australia. He also taught in many other areas, including Personality, Biological Psychology and psychology of the Media.
David has published widely in professional journals and is a co-author of Dream Works (Harper Collins). He is a past president of the C G Jung Society of South Australia and a past vice-president of the Australian Association for Psychological Type.
B.A., M.A., B.Sc., Ph.D., F.R.S. (SA), OP.
Independent Psychotherapist and Researcher