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Reflections on two pioneering conferences in South Africa (2016, 2018): Jungian analysts meeting indigenous healers on an equal level for a dialogue about common topics such as healing practices, dream interpretation, use of intuition. Videos will be shown.
After a broad overview of the basic tenets of Analytical Psychology we will look at what is specific to ISAP as an entry point and avenue for studies on the Jungian path, a life-changing endeavour.
Burnout, depression, loneliness, meaninglessness, disorientation, aggression, contempt, lies and deception are haunting humanity.
The Jungian approach of the psyche through dreams and the importance of a caring therapeutical relationship are mirrored in modern science of the ‘social brain’.
It is rare in the field of psychotherapy for a client to be so open about their experience, therapy being such a personal and intimate encounter and Toni’s account covers both the positive personal growth she experienced, as well as those things she did not like. In this presentation, the reasons Toni sought analysis will be outlined, followed by descriptions of the unfolding process and the way her transference projections revealed unresolved issues arising from her earliest developmental experiences.
Jung, C. G. (1946/1993) “The psychology of the transference”. In The Practice of Psychotherapy (pp. 163- 338). CW 16. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Merchant. J. (2015) “Introduction” to “Forget me not – My journey through Jungian analysis – A case presentation” by Toni Woodward in Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice. Oxford University Press.
Woodward, T. (2015) “Forget me not – My journey through Jungian analysis – A case presentation” in Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice. Oxford University Press.
An exploration of the Grimms’ tale “The Frog Prince, or Iron Henry” and its implications for our own inner courtship with the rejected Other and that of our analysands. Discussion will include objectification, broken promises versus those kept and dismissal and contempt versus engagement.
This presentation centres on a first session when the analyst experienced an intense erotic countertransference of almost psychotic quality reflected in a fugue state that surpassed any sense of a gradual unfolding empathy.
Several psychoanalytic viewpoints – including Jung’s – will be considered.
This paper will highlight how these perspectives informed the clinical work over a ten year period.
The art process has a natural healing potential. A picture made in or brought into therapy introduces a new presence within the therapeutic relationship. We will examine different kinds of pictures, and discuss the psychic process involved in the making of a picture as well as the role of the therapist.
This will be a performance reading with musical accompaniment of a selection of passages from Memories, Dreams, Reflections, with Paul Brutsche in the role of Jung speaking about his life as he looks back at the age of 85. With an introduction by Murray Stein. Rodney Waters on the piano.
The Myth of Eros and Psyche is explored from a Jungian perspective through the lens of the psychological dilemmas the motifs represent in the psyche in a shifting patriarchal paradigm and its impact on relationships. The Eros/Psyche constellation will be viewed as the archetypal relatedness between men and women called along the soul’s journey from narcissism to mature Love. Overcoming powerful complexes and transcending narcissism are features of the soul initiated by Love.
A quest for meaning and values.
This lecture explores the vicissitudes of the relationship between the ego and the archetypal Self and how that connection develops during life and within an analysis. Often our deepest fear is taking the path that demands leaving behind what is too small for us. I explore the lived experience of the ego-Self relationship as it unfolds by traversing significant Jungian concepts – Ego, Archetype, Individuation and the Transcendent Function, concluding with comments on the human aspects of Love and Darkness.
The Universal Compass of the (Eranos) I Ching presents the mandala, the basis of Chinese culture. Its eight main trigrams with their manifold associations change in three specific ways or cycles allowing precise observations in psychosomatic illnesses, dreams, attitudes, etc. The I Ching and Chinese medicine can complement one another for the benefit of patients.
The report of a seven-year case using acupuncture and traditional medicine that became blocked until the introduction of Jungian concepts. This case shows a way to work through the shadow realm of the unconscious.
Both approaches will be looked at from the attitude of the practitioner’s role in the healing process. Several examples will be given.
Differences between the Eranos and Wilhelm versions of the I Ching will be used to show how this can be used on our clinical practice, ending with a general discussion.
The notion of Archetypes is one of the key ideas of Analytical Psychology. In this lecture the relevance of an archetypical approach in psychotherapy will be explained.
Life presents us with experiences of joy, surprise, and excitement and with challenges, transitions, and ruptures. We will explore how new possibilities for growth may be generated within the psyche, untapped inner resources discovered, and disappointment, pain, and sorrow worked through in the journey of individuation.
How do we distinguish between our true needs and greed? This has become increasingly difficult in a culture that has celebrated excess, the limits of which have now become apparent. What kind of attitude is required to provide an antidote to greed?
We will be looking at the development of the infant’s brain and the implications this has for the formation of attachment and language, two areas critical for future psychological growth.
First, the notion of liminality will be approached from a theoretical point of view. Definitions of liminality, its challenges, manifestations and consequences will be discussed. There will be many examples from the presenter’s clinical work.
This is a guided walking tour of Basel to visit such sites as the Basel Cathedral, two buildings where Jung studied, and the parish in Kleinhüningen where Jung grew up. The tour highlights Jung’s dreams and provides anecdotes from his life as well as some basic information about Basel. The tour ends at Totengässlein at the Pharmaceutical Museum that houses a historical collection of healing methods and two alchemical laboratories. Costs for museum tickets (CHF 8) are the responsibility of the participants. Please wear good walking shoes. Limited to 15 people. Please contact Kathrin Schaeppi by email at [email protected] for more details and to register.
The word “meaning” is often bandied about, and is an important notion in Jung’s analytical psychology. But what do we mean by it; what is its nature?
The first in a series under this title, this lecture focuses on the understanding of meaning, and the phenomenon of meaning-making, in several cultures and religious traditions. Future offerings under this title will explore meaning and its making through archetypal and neuro-scientific lenses.
In today’s world we are exposed to a diversity of people, places and cultures that at times seem to overwhelm us. The world is no longer familiar, especially if we live in an urban environment. The Stranger, whether a person, place, culture or idea, poses a continual challenge to our sense of identity.
The myth of the Minotaur proposes consciousness of limits between the too familiar and the too different. The life and death of the Minotaur can speak to us about humanizing archetypal fields. A case study will be presented, focusing on the fear of otherness and how the resulting paralysis can be transformed within the analytical relationship.
A panel discussion moderated by Murray Stein with:
We possess within us a sublime force of immeasurable power, which when handled unconsciously is often detrimental to us. If on the contrary we direct it in a conscious and creative manner, it gives us the mastery of ourselves. Sadly, the vast majority do not fully understand the creative role it plays in everyone’s life. The force of which I speak is the power of our imagination – the creative spark within us, which I refer to as the seeing power of soul.
This lecture will look at the ancient and universal traditions regarding the true nature of dreams, which has lost favour with modern man. This view holds that dreams are of divine origin – they are a vital part of life, essential, and a key element in one’s spiritual growth.
Furthermore, this lecture will aim to bring to light historical and contemporary material that will help place spiritual dreaming in its rightful place at the center of the whole subject of dreams.
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 trauma seminar in the same semester.
Please read the trauma classic: J.L. Herman, Trauma and Recovery, 2015.
Historical background and practical application
The Grimms’ fairy tale “The Goose Girl at the Well” holds the pattern of a woman’s individuation task of integrating feminine and masculine aspects on the journey to wholeness. The fairy tale will be brought into connection with the tasks that many contemporary women face in analysis.
Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) and C.G. Jung (1875-1961) were near contemporaries. By comparing and contrasting Jung’s first mandala sketches and drawings, af Klint’s Swan Series and woodcuts from the Rosarium Philosophorum, the themes of inspiration, archetypal patterns, alchemy, individuation, and Zeitgeist are brought together, inspiring ways of knowing.
Children and adolescents are often not acquainted with psychotherapy. In this course an approach to working with children and adolescents will be presented and the basic principals of analytical psychotherapeutic work with children will be related.
The course will cover Jung’s theory of dream interpretation, including how to approach the interpretation of a dream, and practice in interpreting dreams.