chapter  FIVE
Analytical psychology and Michael Fordham
ByJames Astor
Pages 18

Michael Fordham seized an opportunity and positioned analytical psychology between psychoanalysis and C. G. Jung’s original formulations. He co-edited the collected works of Jung, was a leader in setting up a Society of Analytical Psychology to train clinicians interested in Jung’s ideas, made significant contributions to analytic theory and practice and pioneered the Jungian analysis of children. Fordham was the inspiration behind the Journal of Analytical Psychology and its first editor, a position he held for fifteen years from 1955. In addition he wrote eight books, numerous articles and a memoir. Fordham thought that if Jung’s ideas about individuation in the second half of life had their origins in infancy there would be evidence for actions of the self in childhood. Fordham was putting to the test the prospective method for himself so as to be able to describe from the other side of the analytic duo, in a scientific manner, what its limitations were.