Susan Schwartz The Not-There Father

Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

Saturday Morning Talk  
May 16th, 2015 (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Santa Barbara Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

The Not-There Father

               Individual self-reflection, return of the individual to the ground of human nature, to [their] own deepest being with its individual and social destiny — here is the beginning of a cure for that blindness which reigns at the present hour.

C.G. Jung

A most wrenching unrequited love is the absence of a father, an internal wound and longing that resonates throughout life. It does not easily scab over, puts the masculine in the shadows, and creates a lack in the inner holding place. This psychological exploration illustrates some of the complex dynamics arising from the absent yet imagistically present father. Without enough nurturance but too much guilt, sorrow, or betrayal, various forms of the father complex dominate. Paradoxically, like Jung himself experienced, it is the abandonment and betrayal that puts us on the journey of psychological restoration, called the process of individuation.

Susan 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. Visit her website at