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** The originally scheduled course by Dariane Pictet has been cancelled and replaced with this one. **
An introductory course presenting the basic concepts of Jungian psychology; consciousness, personal and collective unconscious, complex, archetype and the historic setting in which Jung conceived them.
Instead of only tracing the origins of a complex back to early childhood trauma, the Jungian model tries to discover the hidden potential in the complex to provide structure and meaning to new experiences. Already in the time-transcending intentionality of the complex we witness its archetypal core.
In this lecture we will review the important relationship of psychological types to individuation and thereby gain a better understanding of why Jung said of his type theory: "I would not for anything dispense with this compass on my psychological voyages of discovery."
Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican artist, suffered from serious physical disabilities due to an accident. She devoted her life to art and painted her suffering. Her paintings go beyond the personal realm and reach an archetypal layer.
Sandplay, according to Dora Kalff (1904–1990), is based on Analytical Psychology; it involves playing in and with sand and selected miniature objects. It activates fantasy, embodying it through expressive means. The sandbox is used as a projection surface allowing access to deeper layers of the unconscious.
We will explore how engaging imaginatively with our dreams, fantasies, affects, and other energies arising from the unconscious can heal emotional wounds, transform our sense of self worth, enable us to withstand collective pressure to conform, and foster a self of our own, which does not collapse under stress.
Exploring how the ideas of D.W. Winnicott and C.G. Jung help us work with core issues encountered in analysis with adults. Silenced voices include the grandiose engineer who discovers his ordinariness, the puella who finds meaning in her art, and the businessman who repeats his abusive childhood.
We will be investigating the history, symptoms and resulting cascade of physical effects set in motion by sustained deep suffering and resulting archaic defenses.
This lecture – an update of the lecture given in Autumn 2019 – is a prerequisite for attendance at the trauma seminar 10 66 (and subsequent seminars on trauma therapy).
J. L. Herman: Trauma and Recovery, 2015
B. van der Kolk: The Body Keeps the Score
** This course has been cancelled. **
There will be a list with instructions by the photocopy machine. Those with no access to ISAP can receive it from me directly.
This course requires extra work between sessions.
Humility expresses essential elements that connect the individual with the Self. This course will examine the role, function and nature of humility in daily life, psychiatry, and psychotherapy. I will be referring to Jung, Böhme, & Meister Eckhart.
Jung prophesized a great future for Music Therapy, but thinking about the acoustic level of reality as a world of symbols and archetypes is comparatively rare in Jungian literature. This topic is presented from different theoretical standpoints, with practical examples and experiential material.
The lecture will begin by exploring suffering and healing in ancient times. Next we will have a closer look at a Biblical story about healing and interpret it symbolically. Finally, we will concentrate on the Jungian understanding of healing and the importance of the analytic encounter.
Jung traveled to non-Western societies to see himself through the eyes of others. What unrecognized and unexamined aspects of ourselves, our attitudes, values, and norms, might be mirrored back to us from an encounter with another culture? How may this experience contribute to our individuation?
** This course has been cancelled. **
This is a lecture on Jung's Mysterium Coniunctionis.
This course deals with the motif of the pilgrimage, reflecting on contemporary as well as historical manifestations of an archetypal phenomenon.
In diesem Kurs geht es um das Motiv des Pilgerns. Wir werden die Aktualität und auch die kulturhistorischen Manifestationen dieses archetypischen Phänomens untersuchen.
Following brief introductory remarks, dreams will be discussed in relation to case work with individuals, looking at individual dreams and dream series. (New material)
I will provide an historical overview of the field of psychiatry from antiquity to the present day.
We will explore the transforming wisdom of sadness, including the perspective of evolutionary biology and the problem of anger in present society.
I will discuss the role of the religious instinct in cultural complexes and how this presence manifests in disinformation. Consideration will be given to the ways in which the religious function can be both appropriated and perverted by religious as well as secular forces.
This seminar is an introduction to Jung’s concepts of masculine Logos and feminine Eros. Screening of the award-winning film Ensoulment by L. S. Salum, showing interviews with Jungians (e.g., James Hollis) and others: How can we reconnect to the feminine principle without losing the masculine principle? Group discussion.
The concept of the Major Depressive Disorder will be examined using the memoir of the late William Stryon, Darkness Visible. The increased frequency of the diagnosis of Depression since the 1980’s (with the advent of the DSM-III) will be considered alongside a Jungian perspective on treatment.
What has happened to the Feminine in the Catholic Church? I will give a brief historical overview of the archetypal development of the Feminine in human consciousness. I explore the fear of the Feminine underlying the Judeo-Christian culture and shadow aspects of the split between sexuality and spirituality.
Creative reflections on schizoid phenomena are often unrecognised in analysis and missed in a client’s apparently narcissistic presentation. There are obvious lacunae in the way in which Jungian thinking addresses the schizoid's major struggle.
“Soul” is a familiar word for Jungians. In spite of this, the notion tends to remain somewhat vague. With the help of a mythological figure as its archetypal foundation this lecture aims to contribute to our understanding of soul as a specific psychological entity.
The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is a 28 volume magnum opus from one of the leading minds in Jungian Psychology. Join us as the General Editor takes us through a history of the project, an overview of von Franz’s life, and a deep dive into the first volumes of this foundational material.
The tale to be discussed comes from Russian Folk Tales, a three-volume collection by Alexander Afanasiev, often referred to as “the Russian Grimm”. Here it is presented as a tribute to Von Franz’s valuable contribution to the Jungian understanding of fairy tales.
Some personal memories serve to approach M.-L. von Franz and her great personality. Alchemy was particularly close to her heart. I will give an introduction to her first and last books on alchemy: her commentary on Aurora Consurgens and her commentary on Hall ar-Rumuz by the Arab alchemist Ibn Umail.
The class will cover the American civil rights movement, focusing on the Selma campaign as a metaphor for the Self's movement. Nonviolence provides the bridge between the conscious and unconscious realms; thus, the consistent practice of nonviolence potentiates and/or cultivates a conscious life.
Shadow integration and different levels of consciousness are key to understanding nonviolence and its effectiveness. Thus, shadow integration in the transference/countertransference is pivotal to the understanding of how nonviolence mediates aggression, potentiating relationships within a power paradigm. This concept will be included in the talk.
Using case material, this course will provide a detailed introduction to the various criteria for a symbolic understanding of pictures by analysands.
I will present sandplay pictures, mainly by boys and girls aged 6–10 years. We will discuss and try to interpret them from different points of view (developmental psychology, status within family, sibling issues, typology, etc.)
Ich werde Sandbilder zeigen, vor allem von sechs- bis zehnjährigen Buben und Mädchen. Wir werden diese aus verschiedenen Blickpunkten betrachten und zu deuten versuchen. (Entwicklungspsychologie, Stellung in der Familie, Geschwisterthemen, Typologien, usw.)
** This course has been cancelled for family reasons. **
Science, as a study of the natural world, initially developed in complete opposition to religion. But science was originally based on the passion to understand the divine world. Nature was and still is an inseparable aspect of and resource of consciousness. We will explore the connection between nature and religion.
This dreamwork seminar is based on material collected from a patient (supervised by Dr Wolfgang Giegerich) who seemed to be well adapted in an individualized and “liquid” society; however, during our first session, she described a feeling of emptiness, feeling stuck and said that her sentimental relationships did not last.
We will explore our relation to the earth, matter, body in the light of the Homeric Myth of Demeter. Food allergies and eating disorders, may be evidence of an increasingly unsustainable attitude to our own nature and to the Earth.
In his book, Answer to Job, Jung takes a hard look at the God-image and the plight of modern humanity, as well as at "the idea of the creature that surpasses its creator by a small but decisive factor."
The spontaneous creating of symbols provides a vitality that prevents Jungian concepts from becoming faded metaphors. Our symbolic mind not only provides inner images but also is active in the way we perceive the outer world.