John Giannini

Chicago, Illinois


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John Leo Giannini, 95, M. Div, M.B.A.; born in Portland, OR; WWII Navy veteran, former Dominican priest, Jungian analyst, author of "Compass of the Soul", diehard Chicago Cubs fan; passed away peacefully at home June 16, 2017. Beloved husband of 20 years to Rita Thomson. Devoted father of Amy...

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I didn't know John, but I was just looking him up after listening to a wonderful talk he gave recorded on the Jungianthology podcast. What a beautiful light in this world he clearly was. Sending love

When I came to defend my doctoral dissertation about personality typology,which was based on John's work and Jung's ground,
John stood up for me when everyone else attacked.
He showed up at my defense and stood up and spoke.
He taught me how to look past the illusion of the physical world and see the soul behind everything.
He taught me about the ubiquity and relevance of the Psyche-Eros myth.
He taught me about the universality of the hero's...

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

John was one of my teachers while I was attending classes at Jung Institute in Chicage long time ago and gave me consultation for my D.Min. dissertaion in 1993. When I met him at his office in downtown Chicago, he treated me with a cup of tea and warm hospitality. Practicing as a Jungian analyst in Seoul, Korea, I still remember him as a wise old man and a model of good teacher.

John has given me his precious hours for consultation while I was writing D.Min. dissertation/ project on Jungian psychology long time ago. He was very kind to me and at that time I felt warm feeling meeting him. As a practicing Jungian analyst in Seoul, Korea, I still have good memories about him. I miss him very much.

Many articles in the online journal Personality Type in Depth cite John's work, especially his discussion of America's warrior mentality. See for instance this study of the cultural type of the state of Texas, titled, "So Texas Walks into a Bar ..."

He has a huge impact that seems more relevant than ever, given the current divided political climate.

The first and final time I saw John face to face was at a somber gathering of local Jungian friends who came together in Chicago to reflect upon the sudden and tragic deaths of Robert and Margaret Moore. John, a physically weakened and wise old man slumped over in his wheelchair accompanied by his faithful caretaker, briefly shared his poignant insights and wisdom with dignity, depth, and compassion. I returned home and immediately ordered "Compass of the Soul" from Amazon. I...

The first lecture and workshop I ever attended was led by John. He was insightful, witty, sharp and was passionate about helping us learn the relationship dynamics inherent in both Shakespeare and typology. I'm a PhD student now near dissertation phase, and felt inspired to apply to school because of attending his workshop.

John was my Jungian analyst for a period of over eight years when I lived in Chicago and Cincinnati. He was the dearest man I had ever met! He helped me in infinite ways, including being there for me when I experienced my conversion to Christianity. I don't think this conversion would have happened if I hadn't been deep in therapy with John for several years prior. God bless him and his entire family. I know how missed he will be. Rev. Maggie Shreve