Symbolism DVD

AJC DVD #18:  The Creation of Symbolic Meaning on the Path to Individuation

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Murray Stein, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology (ISAP) in Zurich, Switzerland.

Warren Colman, M.A., is Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and a Training Analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) in London, UK.

C. G. Jung wrote extensively on symbols, beginning importantly with the work that heralded his break with Freud, Symbole und Wandlungen der Libido (Symbols and Transformations of Libido). The Red Book, which followed shortly afterwards, is itself a symbolic work in many respects, not only for its content of narrative and the painted images but for the meaning it held for Jung personally.

In this 3 hour seminar, Murray Stein and Warren Coleman look at Symbols and the symbolic process.   Jungian psychology has been known for its interpretation of symbols as they appear in cultural materials such as myths, fairy tales and religious rituals.  They also powerfully appear on a personal level in dreams, active imagination, projection and transference (or countertransference).   Symbols often lead us through the  transcendent function in psychic life and can become a primary motivator of change.  Join us in this seminar as we look at personal symbols and how they effect our lives.

Outline of seminar:

1. “Introduction: Jung on Symbols and the Symbolic Life,” with discussion, by Murray Stein.

2. “Some Reflections on the Creation of Symbolic Meaning,” with discussion, by Warren Colman.

3. “Zurich vs. London on Symbols, Symbolic Meaning, Symbolic Life.” A dialogue between Murray Stein and Warren Colman and audience.

4. “Some reflections on symbolic images and processes in analysis” by Murray Stein.

Learning Objectives:

1. To compare traditional and contemporary Jungian thinking about symbols and their place in psychotherapy

2. To analyze the creation, use and misuse of symbols in culture

3. To create symbolic meaning and describe its impact on individuals and culture

4. To describe symbolic processes in psychotherapy

5. To critique new conceptualizations in analytical psychology that bear on symbols and the creation of symbolic meaning

Suggested Readings:

Bovensiepen, G (2002) Symbolic attitude and reverie: problems of symbolization in children and adolescents. Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol 47:2, 241-257

Colman, W. (2010) Dream Interpretation and the Creation of Symbolic Meaning. In Jungian Psychoanalysis (ed. M. Stein), pp. 94-108.

Jung, C.G. The transcendent function. In CW 8, paras. 131-193.

________. The Tavistock Lectures, Lectures 3 and 4. In CW.18. Paras. 145-303.

________. The Symbolic Life. In CW 18, paras. 608-696.

________. “Symbol” in Definitions. In CW 6, paras. 814-829.

Ronnenberg, A. (ed.) (2010) The Book of Symbols.

Stein, M. (2009) Symbol as Psychic Transformer. In Symbolic Life 2009 (ed. M. Stein), pp. 1-12.

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