March 21, 2020 ~ Jung and the Metaphorical Mind

Mark Winborn, Ph.D., NCPsyA, Jungian Analyst

Program Description *

This program focuses on the metaphorical qualities of the human psyche. The emphasis on metaphor in analytic therapy is one aspect which distinguishes it from other forms of therapy. Often we think of myths, fairytales, religious motifs, and alchemical themes primarily as systems of symbolic material and as representations of the collective unconscious but at the most basic level they function as metaphors.  However, metaphors are not only associated with manifestations of the collective unconscious; they also manifest, and are utilized constantly, consciously and unconsciously, in everyday life and language. Metaphor is the process which allows music, art, poetry, or film to move us.  It is also the process which brings imagination alive. 

Metaphor can be defined as the utilization of one conceptual/imaginal domain to map or articulate the characteristics/experience of a different conceptual/imaginal domain. The term metaphor derives from the Greek verb metaphora — to transport or transfer.  Another way of thinking about metaphor is that it serves as a bridge from one realm to another realm; linking the two realms in a way not previously seen. 

Metaphor, imagination and reverie are three inter-related processes which underlie the analyst’s fundamental stance in the analytic process (i.e. the analytic attitude), create the potential for change in the analytic process, but also provide the foundation for any creative experience. This seminar will explore these processes and their inter-relationships.

Morning Session:
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Agnes Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

(10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break)

In the morning presentation we will have an introduction to Metaphor, Definitions, Domains of Metaphor (Art, Soma, Trauma, Literature, Dance, Poetry, Action, Film), the Neuroscience of Metaphor, Metaphor of Reverie and Imagination.


(12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch $15.00)


Afternoon Session:
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Agnes Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

(2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break)

In the afternoon presentation we will discuss the neuroscience of imagination, cultivating the Imagination, common entries to metaphorical work with patients, recognizing the metaphor of hidden communication, and exercises in metaphorical play.


This presentation is designed to help you:

1) Describe formal definitions of metaphor and metonymy.

2) Describe the use of metaphor across a variety of artistic domains—visual art, music, poetry literature, dance, and film.

3) For therapists, analyze metaphor in the therapeutic interventions to deepen the affective and imaginal resonance of interventions.

4) Analyze how metaphor, reverie, and imagination are interwoven and mutually supporting processes.

5) Discuss the analytic stance in Jungian analytical psychology

Preparatory Exercises:  These exercises are intended to sensitize you to the presence of metaphor in everyday life and in analytic process.

  • Listen for metaphor in everyday life – e.g. ‘I’ve got a hug weight on my shoulders,’ ‘the handwriting is on the wall,’ or ‘caught between a rock and a hard place’.
  • Find a poem, song, piece of visual art, or movie that contains a metaphor which has been evocative for you, i.e. that helped you experience something in a new way.
  • If you see patients/clients, begin to listen for the metaphors in their communications.

Recommended Readings

Geary, James (2011). I is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World. New York: Harper.

Jung, C.G. (1916) The Transcendent Function, CW8.

Siegelman, Ellen (1990) Metaphor and Meaning in Psychotherapy, New York: Guilford Press.

Winborn, Mark (2014). Watching the Clouds, in Mark Winborn (Ed.), Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond. Fisher King Press.


Speaker’s Bio:

Mark Winborn is a certified Psychoanalyst and Diplomate Jungian Analyst. His professional career extends from Memphis, Tennessee, where he contributes to the Jungian community through training Jungian analytic candidates in the Memphis Analytic Seminar, the International Jungian Community, through the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich and the Moscow Association for Analytic Psychology, to New York, where he received his Jungian Analytic Certification. Mark belongs to the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and the International Association of Analytical Psychology, C.G. Jung Institute, Kusnacht/Zurich, National Association for Advancement of Psychoanalysis and the American Psychological Association. Mark is the author of numerous published Analytical Psychology articles and is the author of two books: Interpretation in Jungian Analysis: Art and Technique, Routledge, 2018 and Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond, Fisher King Press, 2014.


*The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists. Cost for continuing education credit is $10.

CEU recipients must be registered for the full day program in order to receive the 5.0 credits. Lunch at The Franciscan Renewal center is $15.00.