Luigi Zoja is an Italian psychoanalyst. Graduated in Economics at Bocconi University, in the late 60s he studied Sociology and then devoted himself entirely to psychoanalysis. In 1968, he moved to Zurich and attended the C. G. Jung Institute where he got the diploma as psychoanalyst and works for some years at Klinik am Zürichberg. After being Chairman of the International Jung therapists and after having taught at Jung Institut, he moved to New York where he works as a therapist. Back to Italy, he carried on with the same profession and started writing essays. From 1984 to 1993, he chaired the Italian Centre for Analytical Psychology (CIPA) and from 1998 to 2001, he was chairman of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). His works, translated in over fifteen languages, analyse very common behavioural problems in today's society (addictions, endless consumerism, lack of a fatherly figure, projection in the social and political sphere of hatred and paranoia) in the light of myths, literary texts and archetypes of the subconscious. After "Utopie minimaliste" – a study focussed on the rift between minimalist utopias of modernity and the new facets of the hope principle – in 2014 he wrote "Tra Eresie e verità, a dialogue together with the founder of theology of liberation, Leonardo Boff.
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