Louise Carus is a Jungian analyst who grew up in La Salle, Illinois and studied anthropology and psychology at the University of Chicago. Her first job was at the Orthogeneic School at the University of Chicago. She then joined the American Friends Service Committee as a relief worker in Germany. Later she studied and graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich while teaching English at the Swiss Teachers’ Training College. She lived in the Zürich area from 1957 to 1976.
With filmmaker Mark Whitney, she filmed children’s psychological reactions to the atomic bomb in Zürich, Moscow, and Hiroshima. Through this experience she became interested in rites of passage for youth and mid-life age groups. This led to editing two books on various aspects of this subject. Betwixt and Between deals with various rites of passage in history and in different cultures. Crossroads, her second book, focuses on contemporary aspects of adolescent transitions.
Louise lives in a small town about 100 miles from Chicago, but travels extensively in researching her book material. Each summer she enjoys the Vision Quest camps that she helped to develop. Held on a remote wilderness island in Lake Temagami, Ontario, the camps provide courses in passages for both girls and adults.