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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5 consecutive Thursdays, 7:00–8:30 pm
Beginning November 8 (Excluding November 28)
Instructor: William Baker, PsyD
7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists
[Freud’s] is the honor of having discovered the first archetype, the Oedipus complex. That is a mythological and a psychological motif simultaneously (C.G. Jung Letters p. 525, 1949).
The Oedipus is essentially a tragic analysis. Everything is already there, so it needs only to be extricated… How favorable that is for the poet! But I fear the Oedipus is one of a kind without any secondary species (Schiller to Goethe, 1797).
Who was Oedipus and what’s the big deal with his complex? What do the terms ‘Oedipal’ and ‘pre-Oedipal’ mean, and how can they inform our psychological understanding? Beginning with a reading of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, this course will provide a detailed exploration of the mythology and psychology of Oedipus. From Jung and Freud to Lacan and Hillman, we will compare and contrast analytic theories while creating a composite portrait of modernity’s most central mythological and psychological figure.
Location: 15 East 11th Street, Apt 1L
Please note that this class has a limited enrollment.
- Summarize the original myth of Oedipus.
- Describe a Jungian understanding of this primary mythologem and archetypal motif.
- Compare various psychoanalytic theories of Oedipal dynamics from Jung, Freud, Klein, Loewald and French psychoanalysis.
- Describe critiques of psychoanalytic notions of Oedipus from Hillman, Kohut, Benjamin and others.
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. Dr. Baker also 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.