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This is an introduction to Jung’s structure of the psyche. We will go over the major concepts of analytical psychology such as ego and shadow, persona, archetypes, the Self and individuation.
What, where and when is psyche, and what is its relationship with matter and time? I will focus on Jung’s most recent thinking, especially his collaboration with Wolfgang Pauli. Consciousness per se is a relatively small, but important, aspect of Jung’s model, through which we experience not just perceptions, but phenomena such as dreams and complexes that have deeper origins. These lead us to the personal and collective unconscious, and fundamental concepts including the archetypes and their manifestations, the psychoid, the Self and the timeless unity of all that is, the unus mundus.
We will be investigating the relationship between the personal and the collective unconscious, the archetype and the complex. It is not always as simple as it seems.
Dreams give us insight into how the unconscious operates. Considering the fact that the unconscious is by definition at odds with the conscious mind, any method that aims to cooperate with the unconscious will require a high degree of diplomatic skill. By steering a course between the Scylla of science and the Charybdis of literature, Jung left us with an approach to the unconscious that is constantly updated by means of the fresh data that comes to us in the form of dreams.
Pictures speak! They can speak to feelings, mind, body and soul. How they speak depends on our values, culture and state of mind. Some hit hard, some we hardly see. If we let them, pictures convey immediately an atmosphere. The first emotional response can be deepened by examining different aspects of pictures. The closer we look, the deeper we can be touched and surprised. Pictures brought in therapy are additional, helpful voices.
We will look at some similarities and differences in their understanding of the unconscious and the mechanics of neurotic development.
The aim of this lecture is to track back some of Jung’s major concepts to their primordial indigenous roots, in particular those from Africa.
Active imagination was the original, personal method adopted by Jung when he set out on his own, personal path. This method of approach to the unconscious has become the inspiration for many art psychotherapy techniques since - art, dance, music, drama, poetry.
In this lecture we shall be examining the history of and theory behind the technique in Jung’s life and time as well as more recent developments by contemporary analysts, many of whom are analysts here at ISAP.
For Jung, the absence of meaning plays a crucial role in the aetiology of neurosis. “A psychoneurosis must be understood, ultimately, as the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning.” CW 11, §497
Dreams speak to us in a symbolic language that goes beyond intellectual understanding.
Theories and questions about the interaction between the conscious and the unconscious will be discussed. The content is based on analytical psychology (C.G. Jung) as well as other schools of thought.
Jung held that to encounter and accept our shadow, “the thing we have no wish to be” (CW 16, §470), is fundamental to the process of individuation, to becoming whole. In this lecture we will explore the concept of the shadow as bringer of the light. We will follow the analytical journey of a young woman and examine her encounter with a striking shadow figure that appeared in her initial dream and followed her throughout. We witness the healing and opening to new creative life bestowed upon her, in part, through her courageous encounter with the shadow.
An examination into and sharing of Jung’s varied thoughts on ethics, through which we will attempt to identify cohesive conclusions. In particular, we will contemplate the role of the Self along with possible implications for personal and collective individuation.
The mysterious union of masculine and feminine has been described as the sacred marriage, the hieros gamos, or the coniunctio. It portrays the uniting of what Jung described as “impossible” opposites, an event finding its highest value in the embrace of the divine or royal couple. Behind this sublime experience lies a dark suffering. The exiled soul longs to unite with consciousness, at times depicted as the Bride’s anguished yearning for the return of her Bridegroom. Jung called this process the “suffering of becoming conscious”. We will explore the meaning of this ineffable mystery.
The diagnosis ROGD has become more frequent over the past several years, especially among children and young adults. This phenomenon leaves therapists und scientists baffled and concerned. What reasons could be behind the discomfort with one’s own sex to elicit such a massive wish for transformation? Are hormones and operations the best solutions for the body? What happens to the psyche? How can we deal with these clients?
This course requires extra work between sessions.
Examples will be given from dreams and fairytales; a list of the latter will be available at the photocopy machine in ISAP and on request from the office.
This course requires extra work between sessions.
This seminar will look at the difference between sex and gender, the formation of gender identity, and the problems presented by antiquated conceptions of anima and animus. Further, the seminar will look at how psychic energy manifests in and around gender expression, and in relation to a dominant collective, religiously, culturally and psychologically, that marginalizes and demeans difference. Emphasis will be on the phenomenological experience of difference, and how difference appears in the consulting room.
This course requires extra work between sessions.
In this lecture we look at different origins and meanings of the Topos Apocalypse in religion, myth, arts and science. And we reflect on psychological reactions ranging from fear to fascination.
Can we find any meaning to death? In this course I will review myths, legends and anthropological material on this elusive subject. I will discuss patients’ dreams and visions concerning death and a future life. Reflecting on Jung’s attitude to death, I will end with questions that hopefully will stimulate us to revision our notions on death and rebirth.
After a review of the psychoid archetype and the collective unconscious, we will look closely at Jung’s collaboration with Wolfgang Pauli and the theory as presented in Jung’s 1952 article “On Synchronicity.” Many Jungian authors have contributed to the literature on synchronicity. We will look at Roderick Main, Victor Mansfield, and a spectrum of others. There will be time for discussion.
Schizophrenia remains one of the most mysterious and devastating of mental disorders.
This lecture will explore Jung’s concept of schizophrenia and clinical approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
I will illustrate the anguish of the sufferer through the memoir of an Irishman, Anthony Scott: Is that me? My Life with Schizophrenia.
For the alchemists, Mercurius was a light in the darkness. He was the beginning and the end of the alchemical process, dreadful, terrifying and demonic, but also “the philosophic gold, the carbuncle ... the light of lights”. In a thus-far untranslated alchemical text from the 16th century Mercurius appears as a dragon in a fiery mountain, who must be healed of a terrible restlessness. This is done by a remedy consisting of various plants. The lecture looks at Mercurius as a restless dragon, as well as his meaning in our time. It also speaks about his healing by creating the right remedy.
With a view to history, art, and mythology, the psychology of Jung and others, the god Dionysus will be explored on both individual and collective levels.
Contemporary phenomena, as well as dreams from analysands, will illustrate the dynamisms of complexes and the archetype embodied and imagined in Dionysus. Dionysus is a trans-rational god, whose origins and history of trauma can tell us much about ourselves and our wounded relationship with instinct, feeling, and the environment.
The lecture presents the medical background of the modern classification of depression, anxiety disorders and reactions to stressful events (acute stress reaction, PTSD, adjustment disorder), including the contemporary context (pandemic, fear of war, fear of economic crisis, etc.) Treatment options, also on the basis of case examples, will be presented, with special attention given to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Discussion with participants about their professional experiences in this context is planned.
How may mourning the “big griefs” which disrupt our lives and the “little griefs” of everyday life serve and empower our journey to healing, growth, and authenticity? How may we facilitate the capacity to mourn and begin to process the rupture, suffering, and change that loss entails? We will explore the dynamics of mourning in the service of individuation.
Is individuation possible for a narcissistically disturbed person? What are the psychological barriers and how can they be overcome? Using case studies, we will look at possible paths in therapy.
The Mother Complex and the Father Complex and their archetypal roots form the basis of the images of masculine and feminine in the adult personality. This lecture explores how these archetypal dominants may be met in myths and how they may change in the course of analysis.
This tale maps out the recovery of feeling out of the frozenness of trauma. Patterns of narcissistic wounding, addiction, loss of soul and anima possession are some of the motifs we will explore.
Based on passages from Proust’s In Search of Lost Time and Jung’s illuminating insights on memories and imagination, I will be addressing the value of “listening to memory” in order to further the individuation process and understand its prospective meaning and purpose.
In the lecture we will explore the symbolical meaning and still valid message of four famous pieces of art created in a critical time of change during the Renaissance.
Jung prophesied a great future to Music Therapy, but thinking about the accoustic level of reality as a world of symbols and archetypes is comparatively rare in the Jungian literature. This subject is presented from different theoretical aspects and with practical examples and experiences.
Living in a foreign land, not feeling integrated and understood is the fate of millions of people. The feeling of being misunderstand and alienated is widespread. In the lecture the deeper meaning of one’s culture heritage, past and identity will be reflected and viewed from the perspective of individuation.
On synthesizing Neumann’s various texts, a cohesive archetypal developmental relational theory emerges. This lecture presents Neumann’s theory of the different archetypal stages of psychological development from birth, throughout life, to come to a close in the advanced stages of the individuation process. The process centers around the establishment of the ego-Self axis during early life and the primal relationship, and its central role in later psychic health. The lecture will also suggest possible therapeutic applications to child and adult analysis.
Ego functions are important mental strategies to navigate through life, but we are more than just our egos. We will be exploring when to strengthen and when to transcend the ego in light of the wise saying: “You have to be somebody before you can be nobody”.
We will examine Jung’s writings on guilt, distinguishing between the mechanisms of guilt and shame; we will also explore the phenomenon of shamelessness. We will be referring to Jung’s writings, symbolic and clinical material and the current political and social milieu.
What is embodiment? How is embodiment impacting the work of psychotherapists? What changes when analytical psychologists look through the lens of embodiment? This lecture is based in theory and experience.
How rock paintings reflect the emergence of humans as a “symbolic species”
The shadow, an aspect of our personality which we have difficulty accepting and integrating in our lives, is a threat, but also a resource. Possibilities and strategies for dealing with the shadow in the analytical work will be discussed.
This lecture will examine the modern problem of Jung’s antiquated concepts and descriptions of anima-animus.