Please join us for Mara Lea Rosenbarger's presentation "A Review of C.G Jung's Complex Theory and How it Applies to Everyday Life"
In Jung's essay, “A Review of The Complex Theory” (cw. 8, pp. 93-104), Jung wrote that the royal road (via regia) to the unconscious is not the dream as Freud stated, but is the complex (para. 210). He also wrote that complexes have always existed and are a “normal phenomena of life” (para. 211). The challenge is to remember that we have complexes, and to be able to recognize when they are activated, before we find ourselves caught in the dynamic of a larger energy that may overwhelm or confuse our conscious intent.
In this seminar we will review of Jung’s definitions of archetypes and complexes. Then using published dreams and literary examples we will observe and discuss the process of engaging with complexes on the individual and cultural levels. As time allows, we may also discuss how complexes are illustrated in fairy tales.
Mara-Lea is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst who has a Bloomington based private practice which includes a fairy tale study group. CIFOJ Board members have described her presentations as "relaxed and very engaging." And when it comes to fairy tales, Mara-Lea has been recognized as a "grand master" at guiding others through these archetypal domains.
References: C.G. Jung: The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche (cw. vol. 8)
M.L. von Franz: Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche