Programme 2010

Trauma and Daimonic Possession
Nick Coote, chaired by Penny Holland
Saturday 30 January 2010, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

This presentation will show that both classical Jungian thought about  mythological/archetypal symbols and post-Jungian ideas about ‘possessive’ complexes can be helpful in thinking about the effects of childhood trauma particularly on children and young people, as well as on the adult survivor.  Presented from the view of a child and adolescent specialist, the talk will include video illustrations from popular ‘mythological’ film, and will be of interest to both child and adult practitioners as well as to an audience with a general interest in Jungian theory.

Nick Coote is a clinical psychologist with a long interest in Jungian and other psychodynamic thought.  He currently leads a specialist centre in Fife offering services for children and adolescents traumatised by sexual abuse.

 Money, Myth and Magical Thinking
Workshop, led by Frances Milne
Saturday 17 April 2010, 2.00 – 5.00 pm.                       Maximum 20 places

James Hillman, in his paper on Soul and Money, describing money as an archetypal psychic reality, writes:  ‘Money problems are inevitable, necessary, irreducible, always present and potentially, if not actually, overwhelming.  Money is devilishly divine’.  Through myth, fairy tale and literature we shall explore the ways in which the psyche is fascinated by money, in particular by its potential for transformation, and by its ever-present, complex and powerful role in our lives.

Frances Milne trained at the C G Jung Institute in Zurich and is in private practice in Aberdeen.  She has a special interest in the psychological interpretation of myths and fairy tales.  She is a member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists and of the International Association for Analytical Psychology


The Adversary: Opposition and Change in the Psyche
Jim Fitzgerald, chaired by Frances Milne
Saturday 15 May 2010, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

The figure of the Adversary or Antagonist appears from the earliest times in the myths of many cultures.  His emergence in the collective or individual psyche signifies the constellation of a conflict, the outcome of which will remain in doubt until his energies are either subdued or integrated.  Until such time, a state of fragmentation and disorder prevails.  Looking at various mythic stories of the Adversary, we will consider his place in the psychic economy, for good or evil.  The possibilities for radical change which his appearance suggests will also be considered.

Jim Fitzgerald is an Irish Jungian Analyst, practising in London.  He trained at the C G Jung Institute in Zurich and is a member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists in the UK and of The Guild of Analytical Psychology and Spirituality.  With a background in Ancient Classics, he teaches and lectures widely in Ireland, the UK and abroad.

Had We but World Enough, and Time – Jungian Reflections on the Relationship between Love and Time in Couple Psychotherapy
David Hewison, chaired by Penny Holland
Saturday 19 June 2010, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

This talk addresses the contrast between the urgency present in Andrew Marvell’s address ’To his Coy Mistress’ and the time needed to make – and indeed, survive – a committed relationship as an adult.  David Hewison will draw on Jung’s understanding of the marital relationship as one between container and contained, attempting to explain what this means in terms of real people. He will illustrate this with an account of a relationship between a couple – Harry and Laura – who entered a 4-year couple therapy in great distress because of the gap between who they thought they were and what they discovered about themselves.  They left in a different state: more aware of themselves as individuals and so more able to relate as a couple.

Dr David Hewison is a Jungian Analyst and a Professional Member of the Society of Analytical Psychology.  He is also a Senior Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Head of Research at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.


The Red Book
Seminar led by Penny Holland and Susan Edwards
Saturday 25 September 2010, 2.00 – 5.00 pm                        Maximum 20 places

2009 marked the momentous publication of Jung’s Red Book, edited and introduced by Sonu Shamdasani, in which Jung recorded in images and renewed ancient script his confrontation with the unconscious, in effect describing his process of individuation.  By his own account this was the nucleus of all his later work including the nature of the anima, the individuation process and the Self.  For Shamdasani, it is the central work of Jung’s oeuvre, essential to the full understanding of his Collected Works.

In this seminar, we shall place the Red Book in context and explore some of its themes, such as Jung’s ability to contain unconscious material by the technique of active imagination, the depiction of his private cosmology and the transformation, for him, of the image of God, and the problems he faced in reconciling his encounter with the Spirit of the Depths with the very different Spirit of the Time.  This is just the beginning of a long journey!


Suppose Freud Had Chosen Orestes Instead
Margaret Clark, chaired by Jane Buckley
Saturday 16 October 2010, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

The story of Oedipus, however understood, conveys psychic truth of no greater or more central importance to human development than do the stories of many other myths. The meaning of Sophocles’ play Oedipus the King lies not, as Freud supposed, in cross-generational sex, but in the unresolved clash between Oedipus’ omnipotent narcissism and the power of the unconscious psyche. Aeschylus, however, in his trilogy The Oresteia demonstrates symbolically how the power of the unconscious psyche can be modified: in the individual (Orestes) in the developing of an ego, the establishment of moral judgement and the integration of our shadow (the Furies). In parallel, he also shows the development of structures of law in society to replace instinctive blood feuds. Had Freud chosen Orestes instead of Oedipus, the course of both psychoanalysis and of Western society may well have had a different emphasis.

Familiarity with the plays is not essential to an understanding of the themes of the paper – enough background will be provided.

Margaret Clark is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and works in private practice in London. She read English Literature at university, and remains profoundly interested in literature, religious symbolism, and their relation to depth psychology. Her publications include ‘Women’s lack: the image of woman as divine’, in The Feminine Case ed. Adams & Duncan, 2003, and Understanding the Self-Ego Relationship in Clinical Practice: Towards Individuation, 2006. This presentation is based on a paper with the same title published in the Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2009, 54, 2.


Possession: Jung’s Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche
Craig Stevenson, chaired by Frances Milne
Saturday 20 November 2010, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

Jung recommended that psychologists place classical case histories of possession in a parallel, analogous relationship to contemporary secular cases of psychopathology.  This talk will take Jung at his word, setting up a number of analogies, in order to ask ‘How valid is Jung’s formulation of possession by a complex or an archetype?’ and ‘What is it good for?’

Craig E. Stephenson is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, the Institute for Psychodrama, Zumikon, Switzerland and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.  He is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Paris, France.  Publications include Possession: Jung’s Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche, Routledge, 2009.