Jungian Therapy, Jungian Analysis, New York

Heroine's journey in fairy tales: how it differs from the hero's journey
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A 5-week, in-person class given at the C.G. Jung Foundation in New York City

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Rupe and Hinauri fly  away, dropping her baby for Tinirau. jungian therapy

Rupe and Hinauri ascend, dropping her baby for Tinirau

Illustration: Maori Myths and Tribal Legends, Anthony Alpers. Longman Paul, 1964.


In person:
Begins Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 6.30-8.10 pm
(Five consecutive weeks)

You may be startled by images of the heroine's journey, images quite different from the hero’s journey. We will analyze tales from around the world to learn about the heroine, an aspect, as Jung taught, of both women’s and men’s psychology which is sometimes hidden in plain sight. We will pool our insights to interpret each tale. Classes tend to be fun. We will practice symbolic thinking, learning how stories and images can portray psychological dynamics. The skills we practice are also helpful for interpreting dreams, which is central to Jungian therapy.

Each week we will analyze one tale.

You need to prepare for each class by reading that week's tale. Read it the week before to give yourself plenty of time to reflect upon it. Before you go to sleep, ask yourself the question: 'what does that image mean?' Reading the material the day of the class won't work: symbolic thought is slow and you need to give your imagination time.

(See links to weekly assignments below)

April 9th:.... Sahin (now interpreted)

April 16th:.. Pretty maid Ibronka (now interpreted)

April 23rd:.. How Hinauri found her second husband (now interpreted)

April 30th:.. Tam Lin (now interpreted)

May 7th:...... Dirrawic (now interpreted)

I also recommend that you buy the following book. We will not use it in this course, but you will probably want to own it if you are interested in stories of the feminine.

Inanna, queen of heaven and earth: her stories and hymns from Sumer
by Diane Woldkstein and Samuel Noah Cramer
Perennial; Harper and Row

(Please support the Jung Foundation bookstore by buying it there.)