Manifestations of the Unconscious in Life Lecture:
C.G. Jung dedicated his entire professional career towards trying to understand the psyche. Jung describes the psyche as consisting of consciousness plus the unconscious. However, as Marie-Louise von Franz suggests in her biography 'C.G. Jung - His Myth in Our Time" , there seems to be a stumbling block of sorts for many people, both layman and professional specialist alike, for 'getting' the reality of the unconscious psyche and the role it plays in individual and collective life. Most people generally understand Jung's description of the personal unconscious with its feeling toned complexes. Yet, when Jung extends his description of the unconscious psyche by posting a collective unconscious, only the minority of people really 'get' what he proposes. This lecture, utilizing Jung's understanding of the unconscious will focus on describing multiple areas of life where the unconscious manifests such as conversation, dreams, projections, psychopathology, somatic symptoms, tattoos, comic books, graffiti writing, near death experiences, synchronicity and others.
This dream seminar will focus on Jung's approach to understanding dream material. Key elements and concepts to be discussed include the structure of dreams, the symbolic language of dreams, amplification, the complimentary and compensatory aspect of dreams, the personal and collective unconscious, ego, shadow, anima/animus, the Self and the transcendent function. The preceding key elements and concepts will be illustrated by dream material provided by the seminar leader for discussion and interpretation.
Date: Friday April 19, 2024; 7-9 PM
Location: St. Laurence Anglican Church
Brian is a Senior Jungian Analyst based in Toronto. He studied at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and has been a member of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts since 1997.
Brian is a founding member of OAJA's Analyst Training Program in Toronto, Canada's first internationally accredited training program for Jungian Analysts.
Born and raised in a small town in southwestern Ontario, Brian spent much of his youth working on farms. Prior to training to become a Jungian Analyst, Brian obtained a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and gained extensive experience working in outpatient psychiatry.
Brian now lives in Toronto and in his leisure, enjoys staying active rock climbing.
Brian and Jungian colleague, Patricia Brannigan are close to completing a book, 'Manifestations of the Unconscious in Life - An Exploration of the Tattoo and Graffiti'.