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This introductory course will review the analytic process looking specifically at what happens during the analytic session; what we do and what we do not do. We will look at how central the transcendent function is to the process and how it influences the knowledge and skills needed to work as an Analytical Psychologist.
A basic component of the therapeutic relationship is the process of transference and countertransference. Invisible factors evoke a mutual transformation. Analysts can be unconsciously affected by their patients; this is important for the diagnostic process. All transference projections, linked to personal experience, can activate the analyst’s countertransference. This joint creation of patient and analyst will be discussed.
The analytic process is essentially dialectical. The analysand needs the “Other (analyst)” in order to become more conscious. Depth psychology was founded on observation of the Western psyche. Just as one becomes conscious of oneself through the encounter with the Other, the analytical relationship can also be explored and illuminated from the perspective of a non-Western psyche.
Some questions we will be pondering include: What purposes do these two systems of human relatedness serve in analysis? Why are discernment between and the overlap of them both important? How do they serve our own understanding of ourselves as well as that of our clients?
Jung’s notion of the Self as the center of the psyche orients any psychotherapeutic activity away from an exclusive emphasis upon ego solutions and towards a relationship with the deepest aspect of the patient’s inner being or “soul”. Jungian analysis is a dynamic interplay between the demands of the outer and inner worlds, enacted in the analytic field between analyst and analysand.
A lecture dealing with the history of transference and counter-transference, both Freudian and Jungian, with vignettes on defence, projective-identification, mutual transference and archetypal transference.
Jungian psychology applies to a wide range of topics and challenges. This lecture will concentrate on the ideas which have proven to be helpful to understand and guide a therapeutic process.
** This course has been postponed until Spring Semester 2024. **
Synergies between Jungian psychology, systems dynamics, Gaia theory, dual-aspect monism and deep ecology can prepare us to face the existential threat of the Anthropocene. The resulting transition from development to individuation in our personal psychology translates into an urgently needed metanoia away from our collective ecocidal anthropocentrism and denial through nostalgia, inertia and hubris. The resulting consilience lays the foundations of a radically different worldview with which to address global heating, the sixth mass extinction, and other unprecedented challenges of our time.
The ‘as-if’ person faces a conundrum to hide or expose the truth of who they are. Feelings of loss, curtailment, and alienation are prevalent yet concealed with glitzy ego, persona/imposter images. Intimacy and emotional presence are difficult. Those living ‘as-if’ are estranged from their true selves, hiding the shadow at the cost of their desires. There is a haunting sense of a lack of authenticity. Existence is singular. Very possibly we know these struggles as they are part of us.
** This course has been cancelled. **
Through looking at the Greek myth of silent Philomela and her transformation, this lecture explores the connection with the dark feminine and using one’s own voice in the redemption of trauma.
How do we see the other if we do not see ourself? The myth of Narcissus reveals the inner conflict and psychological distress of narcissists. The complexity beyond the ego/persona reveals lack of self-love seen in dreams and misattunements in relationships influenced from early parental absence. Subjects include aging, the influence of social media, and perfect body image. The unconscious incorporates the dissociated personality parts in the self, reflecting the multiplicity of the psyche.
The panel will speak on the topic of individuation and synchronicity followed by discussion with the audience.
This lecture will deal with Robert Fludd’s concept of the world as a musical cosmos, his controversy with Johannes Kepler and the disenchantment of the world; Jung’s concept of synchronicity as re-enchantment of the world; the role of synchronicity and divination in indigenous African healing systems.
Jung saw alchemy as a process of physical and spiritual transformation (CW XIII, §139–40). What about the work with the lowly complex? Through a pictorial review of the processes of classical alchemy we will question to what extent the archetypal images depicted by this process can be applied to the analytic work with complexes.
An investigation into the history, symptoms and resulting cascade of physical effects set in motion by sustained deep suffering and resulting archaic defenses. Prerequisite for my trauma seminar in the next semester.
J.L. Herman: Trauma and Recovery, 2015; B. van der Kolk: The Body Keeps the Score.
What is the basic attitude and understanding when interpreting pictures through the lens of a Jungian analyst? We will look at individual pictures as well as series to see what they may reveal. How is drawing pictures incorporated into the analytical setting?
“Music should be an essential part of every analysis. Music reaches the deep archetypal material that we only sometimes reach in our own work with patients.” C.G. Jung Speaking, p. 275.
The theme of this lecture is the artistic, therapeutic and transpersonal dimensions of sound, song and music. We learn to perceive psychological meaning in sounds and also the art of listening from a deeper place. When we pay attention to each subtle sound of psyche, we become witnesses to the unconscious in action. A short film on the mythology of song, filmed in the mountains of Greece, will serve as an introduction.
Get to know the ISAPZURICH Picture Collection. The purpose of the Picture Collection is the creation of an anonymized picture collection and database of material from clients who have been in analysis with a therapist or analyst trained in the tradition of C.G. Jung’s analytical psychology. The aim, in addition to securing the artistic creations in both material and electronic form, is to make such valuable material available to ISAPZURICH analysts and students for learning, teaching and research purposes.
The Eranos Conferences, now celebrating their 90th year (1933–2023), contributed to the development of C.G. Jung’s thought and the spread of Analytical Psychology. The visionary art of Eranos founder, Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn, derived in part from the practice of active imagination and increasingly the subject of interest by the international art world, admirably documents the close connection between her individuation process and her cultural work, the Eranos.
This event is off-site at Foyer St. Anton, Zürich. Details about the "Eranos" Live event can be found here.
We will explore to what extent our identity, attitudes, and expectations are embedded in our culture, and how encounters with other cultures may surprise us, open our eyes, stimulate our curiosity, and impact our sense of self. What can we learn and how may we use our experience of diverse traditions, norms, and values to expand and enhance our journey to the Self?
The course focuses on how to work with children and young adolescents suffering from anxiety, stress and bullying at school. It will present theoretical considerations of developmental stages as well as a methodology for treatment. It will also provide insights on how to relate to the child’s parents.
Remembrance of the dead is a universal practice. The lecture will examine various collective practices and discuss their psychological implications and relevance.
We will examine the challenges and developmental tasks asked of us by the Self when facing the end of life. What would “dying well” look like? How may we come to peace with leaving our lived and unlived lives?
The course will discuss the cumulative trauma of a totalitarian regime that had the power to transmit echoes across generations. People whose voices had been silenced transmitted to their children fear, combined with a lack of hope, that they would never amount to anything themselves. Through the case studies presented, I illustrate the type of effects that such trauma can have on both parents and children who live in continuous confusion about what constitutes violence and what does not, what is acceptable and what is not, what identity means and at what cost.
The concept of the Anima is occasionally criticized today as an old-fashioned term which should no longer be used. In The Red Book the unfolding relationship with the Anima demonstrates the importance and ’pragmatic help’ of this ’dimension’ to grow into a real, healing and loving connection with the Soul and life. Contemporary case material will illustrate the relevance of the concept today.
In every familly there are taboos and familiy secrets. But despite the silence, they are passed on to the following generations: the children and those born later feel them intuitively. Unprocessed psychological trauma can be passed on to the offspring in different forms with different effects; this can also be genetically detectable. Those affected often suffer from vague fears, depression or a loss of trust. Possibilities of knowing, processing and healing will be discussed on the basis of examples.
For 3,000 years, Scylla and Charybdis have symbolized a polarity of dangers to safe navigation and served as a metaphoric warning for humankind. The voracious six-headed monster ashore contrasts with an abysmal whirlpool of annihilation. How can we witness these twin archetypes of destruction which threaten individuals and species alike even now?
Does safe passage between certain death of some, or extinction of all, even exist in current environmental and existential crises, political and social chaos? Or, is living with death essential for psychological initiation and maturation now, as it always has been?
What does the tree symbolize? We will look at fairy tales and myths from around the world as well as C.G. Jung’s and M.-L. von Franz’s writings on the symbol of the tree, from Cinderella to the world tree.
We seem to be moving from crisis to crisis and looming over all is the climate crisis, threatening extinction on many levels. Through hope we enter a new dimension of time. Despair tells us that nothing will change; one can only expect more of the same. Hope can help us transcend those moments of suffering and restore the temporal dimensions of our human existence.
In the context of the Indo-European cultures, the lectures offer an overview of Germanic mythology, focusing on the old Germanic world view, the creation of the world, the dawn of gods and the psychological role of some of the most significant gods and goddesses. Much of what is called modernity is based on old Germanic culture and mythology. Connecting with hidden roots is an essential aspect of individuation. Particular attention will be given to female characters in Germanic mythology.