Autonomy Authority and Authenticity: "each thing goes itself …"

Guild of Pastoral Psychology (Edinburgh Group) public lecture and professional workshop

with Josephine Evetts-Secker

DATES: Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March 2006

Jung sees as crucial for individuation and maturity a lively and appropriate relationship of the individual person to the individual self (Self) and to collective selves. The Friday evening lecture will consider the psychological experience of autonomy, authority and authenticity, their development, dangers and dilemmas as they relate to the individuation process. The weekend continues the theme of the lecture in relation to the following:

  • Exploration of myth
  • Exploration of a fairy tale
  • Exploration of a dream sequence
  • Practical application through exploration of a specific case history.


Josephine Evetts-Secker was born and educated in England and then lived for thirty years in Canada where she taught renaissance literature in the English Department at the University of Calgary. In the 80's she also trained as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, where she now lectures regularly. Alongside her academic life she began a private Jungian practice in Canada. She returned to the UK in 1997 to spend more time on her analytical work. She now lives and practices in Lythe, a Yorkshire village near Whitby.

She has published some poetry and various articles and lectures on literature as well as on Jungian psychology. They include lectures for the Guild of Pastoral Psychology and articles in Harvest. She has also produced collections of fairy tales for Barefoot Books, a quartet of tales: Mother and Daughter Tales, Mother and Son, Father and Son and Father and Daughter. Also a single tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

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