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We will be reviewing Jung’s written work as it reflects stages in the development of his theories starting from his early work as a young psychiatrist and work on the complex, how this fed into his ideas of the archetype and, in the early 1950s the publication of a trilogy of his major works: “Answer to Job”, “Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle”, and Mysterium Coniunctionis. We will concentrate mainly on the collected works, but will also look briefly at the more recently published seminars and The Red Book.
Listening to what analysands say is not as easy as one might think. Mindfulness is widely commercialised, yet often overlooked in psychotherapy. “Am I really listening to the person in front of me?” What does this question mean? We will explore this fundamental act and attitude not only of an analyst, but more generally of a human being.
Taking as a symbolic basis for the discussion a French fairy tale called “Peau d'Âne” (“Donkey's Skin”) by Charles Perrault, I propose a reflection on essential phases of feminine psychic development in a patriarchal context. I also intend to enlarge the discussion to the collective dimension.
We will be discussing the fundamentals of Jungian dream work.
The emphasis will be on the practical aspects of working with people’s dreams. Active participation is encouraged.
The many homes of Jung represent different dimension of his personality. These homes remained not only inner symbolic experiences, but also found expression in the outer world, as in the creation of The Red Book and Bollingen. The dynamic of this undertaking expresses Jung’s individuation process, an attempt to link heaven and earth.
We shall approach, in a psychological interpretation, the main periods of this well-known French-American artist, using slides and a careful reading of the symbolic significance of her Tarot Garden in Tuscany. This is an artistic illustration of some aspects of the individuation process.
One of her famous Nana sculptures is an angel hanging in Zurich’s main station.
The ecological crisis has its roots and solutions in the way we think and act. As our time has lost the dimension of the soul, key psychological values appear projected concretely onto the core themes of economy, politics, technology, science, and more, overcharging them, mostly with destructive ecological consequences. Therefore, analysing symbolically the different ecological problems unveils, in revealing images, the unlived soul of our time, and helps us to ground our lives again in soul and natural processes, honouring the fundamental unity between human and nature. Analytical Psychology offers invaluable resources for the doubly needed ecological and personal-cultural turnaround.
Wirtz, Ursula: Trauma and Beyond. The Mystery of Transformation. Routledge 2020
A creation myth or cosmogonic myth is a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it. We will look at frequently occurring motifs in creation myths and consider them from a depth psychological and sacred perspective.
I attempt a comparative study of C. G. Jung’s individuation process, German sociologist Ulrich Beck’s individualization theory, and Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman’s concept of liquidity.
This comparison will serve to introduce a new configuration of psychosocial studies, wherein Jung is used to consider the psychic and Beck and Bauman the social.
How can we distinguish the different forms of narcissism from each other? What are the criteria for a pathological narcissism? Society and politics seem increasingly narcissistic. There will be time for discussion.
Know sources of picture material available to ISAP students when preparing and illustrating your papers. Specific focus is on the contents and usage of the B. L. B. slide collection.
How the psyche heals as seen through the dreams of war- traumatised children and adolescents. Case examples of war-traumatised children and adolescents will be presented.
This lecture will discuss the shadow complex in its personal and collective aspects. Can it be redeemed, integrated, or accepted? Themes explored include the unlived life, projections, scapegoat and persona, good and evil, repression and madness, as well as some lighter themes.
Why do the symptoms of many patients persist in spite of having followed the treatment plan? Following Freud’s question of why so many patients refuse to renounce their symptoms, we will pose the Jungian hypothesis that the symptom is a doorway into a deeper appreciation of experiences that elude common conceptions of happiness and success. The seminar will be based on case examples of difficult to treat disturbances.
The lecture will discuss the symbolic message of this common dream motif. With case examples.
To be on the front line each day, meeting traumatized children at the Children’s House in Bergen Police District, has given me a unique and extraordinary experience and insight into their horror of trauma and dissociation. I will share a clinically rich and comprehensive overview of the trauma treatment and crisis intervention given. It will also be a presentation of judicial forensic interviews with children, and the importance of medical examination since their body can be a scene of crime. I will also bring in the deep experience of love, healing and playful approaches to serious problems in therapy such as dreamwork, imagination, drawings and sandplay.
We will reflect on the nature and meaning of vocation from self-experience and the experience of others from a Jungian perspective, inspired by, and in light of, Jung’s lecture on vocation entitled “The Development of Personality” in CW 17. We will explore the experience of “the call” in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, the calling and the initiation of the Shaman, and the vocation of the wounded healer. We will also reflect on the experience of individuation and the call to self- transcendence.
In the early 20th century, plastic was hailed as “a wonderful stuff”, “an indestructible material possessed of immortality.” Was the alchemists’ elixir projected on plastic? Jung says: “Spirit threatens the naïve-minded man with inflation ... the more our interest fastens upon external objects and the more we forget that the differentiation of our relation to nature should go hand in hand with a correspondingly differentiated relation to the spirit” (CW 9/1, §393). What could this mean for our “Age of Plastic”? Lecture with pictures and short film.
Addictive substances, be they drugs, alcohol or food, hold a fascination for a majority in our society, and it may well be that the numinosity that these substances offer reflects the central crisis in our 21st century culture — the crisis of faith.
Often, the things that we like the least in ourselves help us the most. In The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri describes a journey through the seven cardinal sins and virtues. Awareness of these human polarities brings freedom from shackles, transformation and deeper understanding of our own personality.
It can be liberating and healing to acknowledge the Shadow, the least wanted or unrealized part of yourself. We will explore the fundamental psychological dynamics between sin and virtue and why personal development is relevant to leadership. How can we access the potential for our consciousness’ expansion and live a truly creative and purposeful life?
Pre-reading: Jironet, Feminine Leadership: Personal Development Beyond Polarities, 2019, Routledge
The Zeitgeist – and our calling – beckon us to examine together selected excerpts from Jung’s writings on Nature, to draw intimations for eco-reciprocity, more conscious re-engagement and relationship.
How we treat others mirrors how we treat ourselves. As individuals, communities, societies, and nations, we marginalize parts of self and others as being “lesser than.” In these lectures, we will explore such questions as what underlies this archetypal propensity? What does change require of us? How does analysis evoke transformative possibilities of our becoming the change we want to see? We will examine how inner work can lead to a more compassionate, connected, and equitable self and society.
The subtlety of the symbol lies not only in the eye but the attitude of the beholder. It does not arise in the world of conceptualisation, rather its entry point is the world of stillness.
How does the Jungian symbolic approach permit one to broaden one’s horizons? What does horizontal as opposed to vertical consciousness have to do with the symbol?
This open seminar will present case material in order to elaborate upon symbolic mirroring arising from personal and cultural contextual perspectives.
I will screen the film about the life and ideas of David Bohm Infinite Potential* and then review the impact of the new sciences on current theories of consciousness and beyond. Emphasis will be given to Bohmian thought, the Pauli-Jung conjecture and implications for Jungian theory and practice.
*As the film cannot be screened via Zoom, in place of the first session off-site participants should purchase their own copy to view in advance from https://www.infinitepotential.com/purchase-the-film/
Looking into cultural complexes and body politics of gender, sexuality and race in the light of contemporary social movements.
Jung sees the sexual instinct as one of the drives, which does not cease to make us creative, happy, anxious, depressed, etc. A relation is established between Jungian notions and clinical practice.
We’ll consider the psychological problem of religion: an unconscious and unpsychological mythic, narrative and emotional assault on what is essentially human, as disclosed to us by our own self-conscious experiences. Our alienation from being in the world as human is expressed in religious, intrapsychic, interpersonal and geopolitical wars.
This lecture will explore the psychology of money, approaching it as symbol, psychic energy, complex, Shadow. What does it mean to be broke or wealthy and how does money manifest in the clinical setting? We will also look at soul and money as a sacred dance and examine how we engage with wealth management in a material world.
We will explore guilt and its importance to individuation, distinguish between guilt and shame, and examine the phenomenon of shamelessness through Jung’s writings, symbolic and clinical material and the current social and political milieu.
Sufferers want to know why they suffer, and this search for meaning is often the beginning of spiritual or psychological awakening.
To Jung our imagination is the door to divinity: it serves as a symbolic intermediary allowing for the imaging of the imageless divine. Images allow mystics to stand in relationship to the transcendent. The numinous images of this “Imaginative Presence” over-flowed medieval mystic women’s consciousness and transmuted it in a substantive way that was grounded in the body. They envisioned Jesus as an “incarnational form” of divinity (Self) that was feminine in nature. He was seen as a “continuum with” rather than as an “opposition to” their ordinary feminine experience of embodiment.