Confronting Bias

Our commitment to identify and challenge racial and cultural biases in ourselves, in our teaching and practices, and in our Institute:

At various times in his published writings, C. G. Jung made unsubstantiated generalizations about the psychology of Africans and people of African descent. He also generalized about other groups, including women, Native Americans, South Asian Indians, and Jews.

While there have been helpful efforts in the literature and at conferences to address, understand and challenge Jung’s characterizations regarding women and Jews, much less has been said in response to his pronouncements about people of color, Africans in particular.

As a community, the members and candidates of this Institute have committed ourselves to challenging the racial and cultural biases in Jung’s writings as we train therapists, offer programs to the public, engage in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and pursue our own scholarship.

We recognize that by not explicitly and publicly identifying and challenging these biases in Jung’s writings earlier, we have alienated and hurt people within and outside the Jungian community, and we regret deeply the injuries this has caused.

You can learn more about Jungian responses to racism from the articles and books available HERE.