DREAMS AND TRAUMA
Friday Evening Talk: March 18, 2011
I would like to select some of Jung’s dreams, ones not usually presented, to illustrate their connection to personal and collective events–specifically, traumatic ones. Jung’s dreams picked up much of the collective trauma of his era as well as his own. This will be a discussion about how we can look at dreams and see how they illustrate trauma to the body, mind and soul. In addition to being warning signals, the dreams also are key to revealing the tools and the solutions. We could say that the pathway of individuation leads us through dreams, into trauma, and back again in an unending loop to become our authentic selves.
FAIRY TALES, TRAUMA AND DREAMS
Saturday Workshop: March 19, 2011
Fairy tales are mirrors of our psyches and present to us the personal and collective tasks of our lives. They have much symbolic material that unravels more and more as we develop deeper awareness of ourselves. We identify, for many reasons and from our own traumas, with certain characters in the stories that are favorites from childhood–and adulthood. To some degree, we live out these stories, too often unaware of how much the past tales may be shaping our present lives.
It is a great treasure and responsibility to know which tales have a hold on us. These stories make up a kind of collective dream that we all share in bits and pieces. If we are to understand our dreams, we can look into these stories and study them. If we want to understand the stories, we can examine our dreams. There is an interrelationship between these two forms of the inner and outer, self and other, leading us to more fully comprehend the tasks of our individual and collective lives.
SUSAN SCHWARTZ, PhD is a Jungian analyst trained in Zürich, Switzerland, as well as a licensed clinical psychologist. For many years Susan has enjoyed giving workshops and presentations at various venues, and lectures worldwide on Jungian analytical psychology. She is the author of several journal articles on daughters and fathers, Puella, Sylvia Plath, a chapter in the four editions of Counseling and Psychotherapy textbook and a chapter in Perpetual Adolescence, published in 2009. She is a member of the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts, the International Association of Analytical Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and Phoenix Friends of Jung. Her website is http://susanschwartzphd.com/