Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Saturday Morning Talk:
The Absent Mother

September 24, 2016 (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
St. Agnes Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

Mother and mothering are essential, for our beginnings depend on her. But what if she is absent either emotionally physically, psychologically? The ramifications can last a lifetime as Jung writes in his essay on the Mother Archetype.
The absent mother shows up in our dreams and our relationships. We feel a nagging and uneasy sense of anxiety, living a facade, a feeling of being an impostor and fraudulent, a gaping low self-worth and an inadequate relation to self and others. Body and psyche dissociate from the sorrow, abandonment and betrayal. Yet, these wounds can throw us into the quest for self as they open, and we begin to pay attention.The fact is that the mind retains the presence of mother, as the archetype remains alive, even if she was absent. We can re-create her by exploring the psyche, finding and expressing creativity and accessing the hope and repair.

 Eventbrite - Morning Talk: The Absent Mother

Saturday Afternoon Workshop:
Understand and Reclaim The Mother

September 24, 2016 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
St. Agnus Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

The afternoon workshop furthers our discussion for understanding and internally reclaiming the absent mother. We examine the many meanings of mother’s absence symbolically through a typical dream series. We also discuss a fairy tale as so many begin with her absence. The tale shows us the general psychological condition and what it takes to correct and fill in the personality. Applicable to people of various backgrounds and eras, their messages are like that of the psyche–timeless.

Eventbrite - Afternoon Workshop: Understand and Reclaim the Mother

Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D. was trained at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, and has a degree in Clinical Psychology. She is a member of the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts and gives lectures and workshops worldwide. She has a chapter in Perpetual Adolescence: Jungian Analyses of American Media, Literature and Pop Culture, and several articles on Sylvia Plath in the online journals Plath Profiles and Depth Insights. Her private practice in Jungian Analytical Psychology is in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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