The Susan Bach Foundation provides financial contributions for research projects dealing with psychosomatic problems, synchronistic phenomena and their creative expression.
The foundation board defines research as all systematic investigation in pursuit of new findings, and the documentation and publishing thereof, in the above areas.
In principle, rejected applications will not be reconsidered. As a general rule, decisions of the foundation board are not subject to appeal. There is no legal right to support from the Susan Bach Foundation.
Schuh, Claudia (2019). Darum. Warum? Grundlagen zur Entwicklung von Zeichnen und Malen. (Because. Why? The Fundamentals of Development of Drawing and Painting) ATHENA Verlag.
This book deals with the fundamental aspects of the development of drawing and painting in children. The stages of consciousness of children and young people and their effect on drawing and painting are explored. The book also examines what resources from childhood are available to adults. The theoretical basis presented in this book for the effect of psychological, intellectual and motor development and of perception on artistic creation is an area which has not yet been well researched but is of great interest. It comprises theories and research results from a variety of fields, as well as specific examples of drawings and pictures by children, young people and artists. The interdisciplinary work spans several subjects and links the relevant findings. In addition, the complete theory is reviewed and explained using practical examples. (From the foreword p. 9, translated from German.)
Ammann, Ruth, Kast, Verena, & Riedel, Ingrid (ed.). (2018). Das Buch der Bilder. Schätze aus dem Archiv des C.G. Jung-Instituts Zürich (The Book of Images. Treasures from the Archive of the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich) Patmos Verlag.
From around 1917 onwards, C.G. Jung encouraged his patients to produce pictures of their dreams and fantasies. Using the imagination, creating pictures, understanding images as symbols, as well as working therapeutically with pictures and healing splits in the psyche through symbolic image-making – these approaches are at the heart of Jungian theory and therapy. Jolande Jacobi, a close colleague of Jung, collected around 4,500 pictures done by C.G. Jung’s patients. Also in the archive, however, are around 6,000 pictures from her own patients. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Jung Institute, the publication of this book, which contains several of the pictures together with texts reflecting on them, brings the treasures of our archive to a wider audience. In addition, a selection of the pictures with a variety of themes were exhibited at the Museum Lagerhaus, Stiftung für schweizerische Naive Kunst und Art Brut, in St. Gallen. The book therefore serves also as an exhibition catalogue.
(From the foreword p. 9, translated from German.)
Brutsche, Paul (2018). Creativity. Patterns of Creative Imagination as Seen Through Art. Spring Journal Books.
In his trenchant and all encompassing analysis of the emergence of autonomous imagination in the works of artists, Paul Brutsche lays out a theory of creativity that is deeply grounded in Western philosophy and contemporary Jungian thought.
Paul Brutsche gifts us with a jewel of a book on the autonomous creative force that trespasses on intellectual and artistic skills, exerting its archetypal demands on the whole personality of the creator. In erudite and highly differentiated ways, drawing from manifold sources and decades of experience as a Jungian Analyst, Brutsche carefully leads us from painting to painting, inviting our participation in myriad and mysterious expressions of creative energy. A truly unique book that opens areas hitherto neglected in the literature on creative imagination. (Kathrin Asper)
Zoja Pattis, Eva, & Liturri, Liliana (2017). Träume im Klassenzimmer erzählen. Eine praktische Anleitung für die Traumstunden. (Telling Dreams in the Classroom. A Practical Guide for Dream Sessions) (Translated into German from the Italian by Elisabeth Zoja) Psychosozial Verlag.
Dreams show what is moving inside of us. Telling them to others builds bridges of empathy. Children in particular benefit from the cathartic effect of telling dreams. This book presents a project that can easily be implemented in primary schools and gives children direct access to their inner world. The “dream session” provides a counterbalance to the visual and virtual over-stimulation that many children of primary-school age are exposed to today, and encourages development of empathy. When a child tells or draws their dream, the other children are encouraged to approach the dream content in an open and non-judgemental way. The children learn to admire and respect their own and others’ interior worlds; their social skills, imagination and capacity for empathy improve as a result.
Wirtz, Ursula (2014). Trauma and Beyond: The Mystery of Transformation. Spring Journal Books.
In Trauma and Beyond, Ursula Wirtz courageously and brilliantly undertakes the most truculent question: “wither the soul after soul-murder”? She summarizes the literature in the field, the range of methodologies, and provides numerous illustrations and case studies which demonstrate a realistic, hopeful, sequential approach to trauma integrating fragmented splinters. She illustrates the narrow passage between the necessity of ego-death, abiding a most difficult in-between, and attending the birth of an enlarged, more capacious ego state.
Trauma and Beyond is not only a contribution to the field, but has the makings of a classic study of the resilience of the soul in the face of even the most devastating traumata. (James Hollis)
Ammann, Peter, & Schönbächler, Georg (2011). Heilen in zwei Welten - Erkenntnisaustausch zwischen traditionellen afrikanischen Heilern in Südafrika, Jungschen Psychotherapeuten und Wissenschaftlern. (Healing in two worlds – exchange of knowledge between traditional African healers in South Africa, Jungian psychotherapists and researchers.) Final report in private print-run.
The project took place from 2006 to 2010 and included various events on the topic: lectures and seminars at ISAP and at Collegium Helveticum, at the IAAP Congress in Cape Town, and various seminars in Johannesburg, Durban, London and Cape Town. Field research in Drakensberg and Clarens (South Africa).
Audiovisual documents, DVD: Living in Two Worlds – Communication between a white healer and her black counterparts. Vera Bührmann interviewed by Mario Schiess. Healing in Two Worlds – Jungian Psychotherapists encounter African Traditional Healers. XVII International Congress for Analytical Psychology IAAP, Cape Town 2007. Panel workshops moderated by Peter Ammann. The Bushmen and their Stories – Three lectures by Laurens van der Post. Produced and directed by Peter Ammann.
Daniel, Renate (2000). Krebs - Körper und Symbol. Archetypische Aspekte einer Krankheit. (Cancer – Body and Symbol. Archetypal Aspects of a Disease) IKM Guggenbühl, Edition Raben-Reihe.
Cancer also signifies an encounter with transpersonal and numinous forces: it gets right to the centre of things, shakes us to our core. Symbols, fairytales and myths can show the way towards better understanding of this illness and help us to overcome dubious psychosomatic assumptions and burdensome feelings of guilt.
Gruber, Harald (1999). Systematische Analyse spontaner Bilder von an Krebs erkrankten Menschen. (Systematic analysis of spontaneous pictures by cancer patients) Manuscript FH Ottersberg.
First results from the study. Documentation of internal research symposium: art therapy in oncology.