Jungian Fairy Tales Series

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Session #1: Marie-Louise von Franz on Fairy Tales

Session #2: C.G. Jung on Fairy Tales

Session #3: Erich Neumann on Fairy Tales

Session #4: Fairy Tale Drama with John Hill

Session #5: Fairy Tale Drama II with John Hill



The Asheville Jung Center is very pleased to announce The Fairy Tale Series with Murray Stein and John Hill. Dr. Stein put together a wonderful collection of Jungian analysis of fairy tales in his book series titled The Psyche’s Stories. The book series is a collection of essays presented by a diverse group of analysts that have a unifying theme of analytical psychology.  Currently there are three volumes of The Psyche’s Stories available to read.  Murray Stein and John Hill decided to present a 5 seminar course on the topic of Analytical Psychology and Fairy Tales.

Fairy tales belong to the storehouse of collective psychological wisdom mined by humanity for thousands of years. For good reason, depth psychologists like Freud (in “The Uncanny”) and Jung (in “The Spirit Mercurius”) have looked into them for psychological insight. The careful study and interpretation of fairy tales belong to the core of the Jungian tradition, for as M.-L. von Franz states the Jungian view: “Fairy tales are the purest and simplest expression of collective unconscious psychic processes.”  The psychic life of humanity is inscribed in these humble and often dismissed narratives. It was Jung’s genius to discover profound psychological and spiritual value in fairy tales as he did in alchemy.

In this series we look at several classic Jungian writings on the interpretation of fairy tales and consider some of the applications Jungian psychoanalysts have made of these interpretations. Authors under consideration, among others, will be C.G. Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, and Erich Neumann. The classic texts for the seminar will include: “The Spirit Mercurius” by C.G. Jung (CW 13), The Interpretation of Fairy Tales by M.-L. von Franz, and Amor and Psyche by Erich Neumann. To bring in contemporary authors, additional essays will be considered from the three volumes in the Series, published by Chiron Publications, titled Psyche’s Stories.

The series consists of two parts, the first conducted by Murray Stein and focused on the texts listed above, and the second part assisted by John Hill and featuring an original method for the interpretation of fairy tales using psychodrama techniques.

The purpose of the series is to to introduce the participants to the range of Jungian work on the psychological interpretation of fairy tales and on practical applications for psychotherapy.

Seminar Series & Reading List:

Seminar 1 Marie-Louise von Franz on fairy tales; an exemplary interpretation of the Grimms fairy tale, “The White Snake,” by Murray Stein. Texts: The Interpretation of Fairy Tales, by M.L. von Franz; “The White Snake”, in Psyche’s Stories, vol. 3, by Murray Stein. Originally Held 9/27/14

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Jungian literature on Fairy tales
  3. Archetypes in Fairy Tales
  4. ML von Franz on Fairy Tales
  5. White Snake
  6. Conclusion

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss why Jungians read fairy tales.
  2. List several archetypes found in common fairy tales
  3. Give examples of ML von Franz’s opinions on fairy tale interpretation

Seminar 2 Jung on “The Spirit in the Bottle” and the method of amplification. Text: “The Spirit Mercurius”, by C.G. Jung (CW 13). Originally Held 10/11/14

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Jungi on Fairy tales
  3. Spirit in a Bottle
  4. Interpretation and Analysis
  5. Conclusion

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how Jung’s and von Franz’s interpretation methods are different.
  2. Discuss Fairy Tale archetypes that are found in the Red Book
  3. List the steps in Jung’s interpretation method

Seminar 3 Erich Neumann on the psychic development of the feminine as shown in a tale by Apuleius. Text: Amor and Psyche, by Erich Neumann. Originally Held 11/1/14

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. History of Erich Neumann
  3. Amor and Psyche
  4. Neumann’s 5 divisions of the Tail
  5. Conclusion

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare Neumann’s interpretation method to Jung’s and von Franz’s.
  2. Analyze Amor and Psyche with Jung’s and Neumann’s interpretation methods.
  3. List Neumann’s 5 divisions of the tale.

Seminar 4 Introducing Fairy Tale Drama, by John Hill. Originally Held 11/15/14

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Psychodrama
  3. Grimm Fairy Tales
  4. Conclusion

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how psychodrama is used in interpretation
  2. List the archetypes that John Hill focuses on with each tale
  3. Describe how John Hill explains that we should be picking which tales to analyze.

Seminar 5 Fairy Tale Drama II, by John Hill. Originally Held 12/16/14

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Enactment of Spirit in a Bottle
  3. Discussion of the tale.
  4. Conclusion

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how psychodrama is used in interpretation
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of how a psychodrama group functions
  3. Use psychodrama to dissect a tale with a group.


Murray Stein, Ph.D., is a supervising training analyst and former president of The International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland (ISAP Zurich). He is the author of Jung’s Treatment of Christianity as well as many other books and articles in the field of Jungian Psychoanalysis.  Dr. Stein was also editor of Jung’s Challenge to Contemporary Religion. From 2001 to 2004 he was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He has lectured internationally and presently makes his home in Switzerland.
John Hill, MA received his degrees in philosophy at the University of Dublin and the Catholic University of America. He trained at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich, has practiced as a Jungian analyst since 1973, and is a Training Analyst at ISAP, Zürich. He is IAAP Liaison to Tbilisi, Georgia. His publications include: The Association Experiment, Celtic Myth, James Joyce, Dreams and Christian Mysticism. He has recently published his first book: At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging.



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