Andrew Samuels – Honorary Member of AJA

Andrew Samuels (b. 1949 –   ) is a Jungian analyst, educator, author, activist, and prolific thinker in the field of analytical psychology.   His working life includes clinical practice, a tenured professorship in analytical psychology, writing, and political organizing and activism. He has been at the forefront of analytical psychology for the past forty years, focusing upon where it meets other disciplines, in order to increase consciousness, address transformative change, and support evolution. He works in an international context, across multiple cultures around the globe.  His work centres around a post-Jungian and postmodern critique of the strengths, limitations and needed extensions of analytical psychology in modern times.

His books include Jung and the Post-Jungians (1985), The Father (1986), A Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis (1986, with Bani Shorter and Alfred Plaut), The Plural Psyche (1989), Psychopathology: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives (1992), The Political Psyche (1993), Politics on the Couch: Citizenship and the Internal Life (2001), and A New Therapy for Politics (2016). His books have been translated into 21 languages.

His ideas are creative, his presentations pointed and challenging, delivered with keen intellect, passion, wit, and surgical precision. He is known for bringing a lively theatrical touch to his writing and public speaking.  He considers himself to be a clinical hybrid, which includes post-Jungian, relational psychoanalytic, and humanistic psychotherapies. In the psychotherapies and in politics, Andrew embraces pluralism and hybridity as containers and bridges for his theoretical approach.  He has actively developed contact with populations in ethnically and economically diverse communities, and has been consistently active in moving issues of diversity forward on an international level.

Andrew’s organisational innovations reflect the various parts of his personality, the scholarly, the pluralistic and the political.  He co-founded (with Renos Papadopoulos) the Masters degree in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. He was a founding originator of the International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS), providing a place where Jungian scholarship and research can function beyond the clinical community, and where the academic virtues of scepticism, critique, and argumentation set the tone.

He founded the Confederation for Analytical Psychology (CAP) (1994),  Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (1995) and is a former chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, the main national regulatory body.  He developed and moderated the first Analysis and Activism Conference held in London 2014.  Through subsequent Analysis and Activism conferences (Rome 2015, Prague 2017, on-line 2020), Andrew has been instrumental in moving analysis out of the consulting room into communities and the public domain to work toward health, economic and social justice, and transformative change.

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