The C.G. Jung Foundation Continuing Education courses are five-week courses designed to be informative and stimulating both to the general public and to professionals. Our program offers you the opportunity to study and explore analytical psychology, the works of C.G. Jung, and fields of related interest.
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In Thrall or Debt to Circe? Jungianism and the Devouring Uroboros
5 consecutive Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
Beginning March 5, 2020
Instructor: William Baker, PsyD
7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists.
Homer’s story of Odysseus and Circe provides a vital amplification for a dangerous paradox one might face in approaching the unconscious with Jung’s analytical psychology. Just as Circe becomes either an invaluable guide to the underworld or a seductive destroyer, depending on the attitude one takes in approaching her, Jungian psychology may be used to either genuinely and consciously engage the depths, or as an intoxicating shortcut to archetypal identification. “Anyone who identifies with the collective psyche—or, in mythological terms, lets himself be devoured by the monster—and vanishes in it, attains the treasure that the dragon guards, but he does so in spite of himself and to his own greatest harm” (CW 7 para. 477, 1916/1966). When any system of thought is embraced as an all-encompassing ideology, one is seduced and devoured by a sense of perfectionism in which shadow is dissociated and projected rather than honestly owned and integrated. In this course we will explore the psychology and mythology of fundamentalism, idolatry, and other seductive dead-ends off the path of individuation.
Location: 15 East 11th Street, Apt 1L. Please note that this class has limited enrollment.
William Baker, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is currently on the faculty at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, the William Alanson White Institute, and the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts and serves as a member of the editorial staff at the Journal of Analytical Psychology.
For more information on our Continuing Education courses, including fees, locations, and how to register, please view the Continuing Education page.