William Willeford, Ph.D.


William Willeford, Ph.D.
4945 North Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

William Willeford, graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, practices analysis in Atlanta. As a therapist in psychotherapy-oriented psychiatric clinics he completed a doctorate at the University of Zurich. While maintaining an analytic practice, he was for many years Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle. There he taught Shakespeare, Literature and Psychology, Fairy Tales, and Mythology. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has been president of two societies of Jungian analysts, founding member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and visiting scholar of the Vico Institute of Emory University.

Most of his numerous articles have been published by the Journal of Analytical Psychology (London), of which he was long an associate editor.

 Articles & Audio

"The individual soul is the vessel of life, and the thing of greatest importance." - C.G. Jung


The Fool and His Scepter: A Study in Clowns and Jesters and Their Audience
Northwestern University Press, 1969

Choice magazine designated his The Fool and his Scepter: A Study in Clowns and Jesters and their Audience one of the “Outstanding Academic Books” of 1971. It assumes that we are all children of Mother Folly, including philosophers and heads of state as well as Hopi Mudheads, King Lear’s Fool, and the Marx Brothers.

Feeling, Imagination, and the Self:
Transformations of the Mother-Infant Relationship

Northwestern University Press, 1988

A reviewer describes his book Feeling, Imagination, and the Self: Transformations of the Mother-Infant Relationship as “an abundant and visionary tour de force of psychological thinking. The intellectual scope and passionate integrity of the author’s work, as well as his inspired and circumambulatory style,” she elaborates, lend themselves well to the ambitious task he undertakes—to map the territory, both individual and collective, of the nonconsummatory dimension of mutuality that originates in the mother-infant dyad.

“Abandonment, Wish, and Hope in the Blues” from the latter book has been republished in Music and Psyche (Paul W. Ashton and Stephen Bloch, Eds., Spring Journal Books, 2010).