Welcome to the San Diego Friends of Jung


Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

—C. G. Jung

IN ORDER TO PROMOTE and better understand Jungian psychology and C. G. Jung's important contributions to the field, we present a regular schedule of lectures by renowned Jungian analysts and scholars.

San Diego Friends of Jung is a self-supporting, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation supported by members and operated entirely by volunteers. It was founded in San Diego in the early 1970’s.

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President's Message — 2017-2018

With the publication of the current F.O.J. newsletter announcing upcoming public lectures and workshops, I observe with a sense of wonder how much Jung’s contribution to the understanding of the human psyche has evolved within my lifetime. In the mid-1940s when my husband and I became involved in Jungian Psychology, Jung’s approach to the creative/destructive dynamics of the inner world of the psyche was little recognized. At that time there were only a handful of Jungian analysts clustered in the Los Angeles area, while here in San Diego there were no available resources or support for those interested in Jungian psychology.

We few individuals here in San Diego who became involved in Jungian analyses found it could be a very isolating experience. A half dozen individuals brought together by a mutual interest in Jungian psychology began regular meetings in my husband’s office to explore Jung’s approach to the inner world of the psyche as manifested in our personal struggles. In this little group the seeds were planted, before a more comprehensive acceptance of Jung’s work became available, when in 1965 Jack Sanford arrived to serve the ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here in San Diego.

Jack’s interest in Depth Psychology found expression in his sermons and other church services. For many in the congregation, Jung’s psychological insights presented by Jack spoke to a deep spiritual hunger and fed a growing interest in Jungian psychology. The church library had a section on Jungian psychology and a program of regular lectures was presented. Out of this growing interest in making Jungian psychology available to the public at large, the San Diego Friends of Jung, as we know it today, was created.

Having been involved in the birth pangs of the organization from its inception and having participated in its ongoing development with all its personal and organizational complications over the years, whether serving on the board, working with the program committee, or delivering lectures, I view the overall experience as valuable beyond measure. The deeply developed working relationships, friendships with interesting lecturers one would never meet otherwise, plus involvement with an interesting community, presented an opportunity for personal enrichment and growth. What an introvert’s paradise, with an occasional serpent to keep things lively!

Now at the ripe old age of 100 years, I can no longer actively participate in the ongoing activities of The Friends of Jung but give my blessings to the younger people who continue to make the richness of this organization and these lectures possible.
Jung realized that to prevent being swept into the mob psychology of one’s chaotic times, a social group, formed of more introspective individuals joined together in the unconscious by their common interest in psychology, where they could exchange views and find companionship, is critical. As we attempt to navigate the eruption of psychic upheaval that now threatens to engulf the world, Jung’s observation that “The world hangs on a thread, and that is the psyche of man” is more relevant than ever before.

­—Katie Sanford, President