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20 January, 1:30 pm - 21 January, 5:00 pm
£40 – £45
This course will take place over 2 days: 20 and 21 January 2022, from 13.30 – 17.00 each day (time includes a tea break). All attendees will also receive access to the recording, available for 1 month. This series is run annually and will always be adjusted from the previous year with the latest reading.
Jung’s break with Freud brought the first major split in the psychoanalytic movement, and would have profound repercussions, intellectual and emotional, for both of them. Nevertheless, their personalities as well as their philosophical assumptions and orientations were so different that it is their intense six-year collaboration that calls for explanation – rather than the break that brought it to an end. Focussing on the crucial differences in philosophy, personality and professional experience separating Jung from Freud, we will examine Jung’s criticisms of Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis, and see how these made it necessary for him to develop his own psychological theory and method of psychotherapy. Setting Jung in his historical context, we will explore in detail his unique contribution both to psychology and to the art of therapy.
Session 1: We will explore the philosophical roots of Jung’s psychology, contrasting these with the philosophical roots of Freud’s theories, and examine his criticism of Freud’s version of psychoanalysis during the period of their collaboration, as expressed in ‘New York Lectures’ from 1911.
Session 2: We will then follow the development of Jung’s original ideas in his first major work, ‘Symbols of Transformation’ (1913), and see how the new thinking it contains precipitated the break with Freud.
Session 3: We will study Jung’s personal ‘confrontation with the unconscious’ as it unfolded in the years following the break with Freud, and trace the emergence of the principal ideas of his mature psychology from this process. We will examine ‘Personality Types’ (1920) as the first work containing the main elements of Jung’s final theory.
Session 4: We will explore Jung’s later writings on religion and alchemy, and review the principles and methods of Jungian psychotherapy, examining the distinctive Jungian approach to dreams, the practice of active imagination, and the use of art, imagery, sand-play and movement in psychotherapy. We will also discuss the practice of Jungian psychotherapy today (with children and adults).
[All attendees will receive additional reading material 1 day before the course.]
This is the first of four courses exploring psychoanalysis after Freud. The courses will be accessible to beginners – but are also designed for those already familiar with these theories who wish to acquaint themselves with the results of the latest research and scholarship, and update themselves on the recent debates addressing the intellectual issues and controversies surrounding it.
A limited number of bursary places are available for those under financial hardship. Bursary places will grant access to the live and recording access for £15. We will try give away as many bursaries as we can, but priority will be given to UK unemployed and PIP/ESA claimants. Please apply here.