W-15 Anima & Animus in Popular Music


Dennis Merritt, Ph.D., LCSW is a practicing Jungian analyst, sandplay therapist, and ecopsychologist as well as an author.

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We are very excited to bring this special seminar to you from the folks at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Music is arguably the most psychically evocative of the arts, and popular music expresses psyche in a particularly raw and undiluted way. This presentation focuses on hearing and reflecting on a number of examples of popular music (Cohen, Dylan, Righteous Brothers, Ronstadt, Cline, Prine, etc.) with the goal of experiencing and beginning to understand how the soul manifests in them. Jung called the inner feminine in a man (anima) and the inner masculine inner masculine in a woman (animus) the archetype of the soul, easily recognized in the songs in popular culture. In this seminar we will explore the songs of the late sixties and the ways they captured and formed the zeitgeist of the period and presented the emergence of soul images still alive today. John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves” (1999) provides an excellent example of a working class anima and animus. Different covers of a song generate different impressions about the meaning of that song.

A Global Webinar

Originally Held
Saturday, November 16th, 2013


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Dennis Merritt, Ph.D., LCSW has an MA in Humanistic Psychology, a PhD in Insect Pathology from UC-Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Zurich Jung Institute. He practices as a Jungian analyst, sandplay therapist, and ecopsychologist in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. He authored four volumes of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe—Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology. (Website: EcoJung.com, Blog: JungianEcopsychology.com)

$34.95 per person for Recorded Webinar viewing
$62.95 per person for Webinar and 3.0 hours of Professional Continuing Education Credit
[includes seminar viewing & re-viewing, post exam & 3.0 CE Credits]

Learning Objectives:
This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Demonstrate the concept of the anima and animus, the archetype of the soul, in popular music.
  2. Explain how the anima and animus in popular music captures the zeitgeist in a culture at a particular moment in time.
  3. Explain the concept of the anima and animus from a biological, symbolic, and spiritual perspective.

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Target Audience: MFTs, LCSWs, LPC’s, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counselors, Therapists and others wishing to gain a deeper understanding of Jungian Psychology
Continuing Education Course Schedule: 1. View video seminar 2. Review supplemental material (if present) 3. Take post-seminar exam 4. Fill out evaluation survey
Instructional level for Counselors, Social Workers and Psychologists: Intermediate Practitioner
Course Delivery Format: All Asheville Jung Center lectures are primarily online seminars and are essentially Non-Interactive except for email communication with us.
Course Completion Requirements: In order to receive CE credit for this course, participants must: pay the appropriate CE fee, view the entire seminar, review any supplementary materials if appropriate, complete a course evaluation (on line), and pass a brief online examination on the material. Certificates can be downloaded immediately after passing the exam. All CE recipients must attest that the name and license number on the certificate matches the individual completing the materials.
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