A weekend workshop using film, dream and creativity in exploring dynamic psychotherapy for a postmodern world.
with Christopher Hauke

DATES: Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May


Anima and individuation in Jungian film analysis

This morning we will examine two themes that Jungian film writing has brought to light: the anima and the use of gender oppositions and conjunctions in movies . Both these link closely with the Jungian concept of individuation - the path towards fulfilling one's potential as a human being - and we will discuss why this theme is so important to contemporary society and the psyche of men and women in our postmodern era.
Examples will be taken from American Beauty, Field of Dreams, Pleasantville, The Truman Show, The Piano and other clips subject to the time we have available.

These movies address the human need to question our existence, our identity and our location beyond everything that our culture or other familiar context otherwise takes as given. This attitude to investigating who we are was reintroduced for our times by Jung's analytical psychology as a response to what he perceived as a malaise in consciousness. This was to be healed through an active engagement of the conscious mind with its unconscious contents and it was suggested that through their psychological attitude individuals might carve their own path to greater insight. This is the process of individuation which involves encountering the unconscious Other so frequently represented by anima and animus as gendered opposites.

Using movies in the consulting room

Following the morning introduction we will look at applying these ideas to work with clients. In this part of the day we discuss how movie images, characters and stories emerge and are used in the consulting room like imagery from dreams, myths and other arts. Please bring your own examples!


What Makes Movies Work? Unconscious Processes and The Film-Makers' Craft.

For some time now I have been keen to uncover and examine the unconscious processes of creativity at work in making movies. Although many studies subscribe to the unconscious aspect of cinema experience, none have tackled how the unconscious may guide and affect film-makers themselves. This workshop will look at how unconscious processes contribute to the business of film-making in a practical sense; how unconscious processes are recognized and incorporated in movie-making at many levels and stages of production from initial concept and script development to filming on the set; and how such unconscious, and unanticipated aspects combine and compete with the conscious planning of movies.

We will look at a wide range of film material from Hollywood to the esoteric and experimental; this includes my own films where I have found how shooting and editing film - as well as writing - is rich with possibilities for individuation and discoveries about the self. The workshop will appeal not only to people with an interest in Jungian psychology but also to all those fascinated by what makes movies work.


Christopher Hauke is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Central London, and also a writer, film-maker, broadcaster and a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London,. His films have been screened recently in London ('One Colour Red', doc. 5min. 'Green Ray' doc. 45 min.) and Barcelona ('Losing Dad' 45min.) . Chris is fascinated by the interface between individuals and their collective culture, especially creative, unconscious processes in movie-making. As a writer he has published Jung and the Postmodern: The Interpretation of Realities, (Routledge, 2000) and co-edited Jung and Film. Post-Jungian Takes on the Moving Image (Routledge, 2001) His new book - Human Being Human. Culture and the Soul is out now (Routledge, 2005).


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