International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich

04 Psychological Interpretation of Pictures


Basic literature


C.G. Jung

CW 9/I

“Concerning Mandala Symbolism”. Chap. VI/A. JCE9/I

CW 15

The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature. JCE15

“Picasso”. Ch. V

“On the Relation of Analytical Psychology to Poetry”. Ch. IV

“Psychology and Literature”. Chap. IV

The Red Book. New York: W. W. Norton, 2009. In library.

Jung, C.G.,
Hoerni, U.,
Fischer, T.,
Kaufmann, B.

The Art of C.G. Jung. New York: W. W. Norton, 2019. JX136


Other Jungian publications

Abt, T.

Introduction to Picture Interpretation According to C.G. Jung. Zurich: Living Human Heritage Publications, 2005. HA5 — Required reading for the CH program

Acton, M.

Learning to Look at Paintings. Hove: Routledge, 1997.

Learning to Look at Modern Art. Hove: Routledge, 2004.

Brutsche, P.

Creativity. Patterns of Creative Imagination as Seen Through Art. New Orleans: Spring, 2018. HA69

Carter, C.,
Staples, L.

Our Creative Fingerprint. Cheyenne, WY: Fisher King, 2017.

Isaac, R.

“Methodological Guide in Picture Interpretation”. In: Guided Picture Series and the Role of the Helper as Midwife. Chap.III. Diploma Thesis, C.G. Jung-Institute Zürich, 1982. TJ95 / XW1

Kast, V.

The Dynamics of Symbols: Fundamentals of Jungian Psychotherapy. New York: Fromm International Publications, 1992. PA-Ka11E

Pattis Zoja, E.

Sandplay Therapy in Vulnerable Communities: A Jungian Approach. London: Routledge, 2011. HA55

Where Soul Meets Matter: Clinical and Social Applications of Jungian Sandplay Therapy. Asheville, N.C.: Chiron, 2018. HA88

Rowland, S.

Psyche and the Arts: Jungian Approaches to Music, Architecture, Literature, Painting and Film. London: Routledge, 2008. PA343

Schaverien, J.

The Revealing Image: Analytical Art Psychotherapy in Theory and Practise. London: Jessica Kingsley, 1999. PA293

Schaverien, J.,
Killick, K.

Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis. London: Routledge, 1997. HA10


Further literature

Ammann, R.

Healing and Transformation in Sandplay. Chicago: Open Court, 1991. PA18E

Bach, S.

Spontaneous Paintings of Severely Ill Patients. Basel: J.R. Geigy, 1969. HA15E

Life Paints Its Own Span: On the Significance of Spontaneous Paintings by Severely Ill Children. 2 vols. Einsiedeln: Daimon, 1990. HA1aE, HA1bE

Bolander, K.

Assessing Personality Through Tree Drawings. New York: Basic Books, 1977. Q4

Brutsche, P.

La Dimensión Simbólica – Antologías junguianas. Mexico: Editorial Fata Morgana, 2022. (In Spanish.)

Elder, G.R.

An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism. Vol.2: The Body. Boston, Shambhala, 1996. S13

Franz, M.-L.v.

“Peter Birkhäuser: A Modern Artist Who Strikes a New Path”. Spring (1964). Z18

Number and Time. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1974. PA-Fa4E

Furth, G.

The Secret World of Drawings: A Jungian Approach to Healing Through Art. Toronto: Inner City Books, 2002. HA4E

Goldstein, R.

Images, Meanings and Connection: Essays in Memory of Susan R. Bach. Einsiedeln: Daimon, 1999. HA20

Jaffé, A.

“Symbolism in the Visual Arts”. In: Man and his Symbols (Part 4). London: Aldus Books, 1964. JE1

Kalff, M.

Old and New Horizons of Sandplay Therapy. London: Routledge, 2022. HA85

Kandinsky, W.

Concerning the Spiritual in Art. New York: Dover, 1977. (The English version can also be downloaded for free from the internet.) HA12E

Koch, K.

The Tree Test. Bern: Huber 1952. Q5E

Lüscher, M.

The Lüscher Color Test. New York: Pocket Books, 1971. Q7

McNiff, S.

Imagination in Action: Secrets for Unleashing Creative Expression. London: Shambhala, 2015.

Depth Psychology of Art. Springfield: Charles Thomas, 1989.

Integrating the Arts in Therapy. Springfield: Charles Thomas, 2009.

Moon, B.

An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism. Vol.1. Boston: Shambhala, 1991. S12

Neumann, E.

The Archetypal World of Henry Moore. New York: Pantheon Books, 1959. PA-N9E

Ottmann, K.

Color Symbolism: The Eranos Lectures. Putnam: Spring Publications, 2005. VE:E5

Peiry, L.

Art Brut. Paris: Flammarion, 2001, rev. ed. 2023.

Schaverien, J.

The Revealing Image: Analytical Art Psychotherapy in Theory and Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley, 1999. PA293