WHAT IS THE SELF?

a public lecture offered by Dr. John Beebe (psychiatrist & Jungian Analyst from San Francisco)

DATE: Friday 20th August 2004

Everyone has an ego that wishes, and wills, and fears. But Jung tells us that we also have a Self that has the ability to cancel our wishes, frustrate our wills, and intensify our fears, all in the service of a mysterious project: individuation. How do we recognize this organizing centre of unconscious agency in the background of our lives? And what is its relation to the spirit, the soul, and the God-image?

Jung found evidence of the Self in dreams. How does the Self appear in these nightly visions, and in the situations of our waking lives? What is the ego's attitude toward the Self, and how can we gauge the Self's response to that attitude? In this talk, Dr. Beebe will identify examples of the emergence of the Self through imagination, emotional states, synchronistic experiences, and moments of spiritual and religious awakening.

TYPOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

Professional workshop for experienced psychotherapists and counsellors

DATES: Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd August 2004.

This two-day workshop will give psychotherapists a comprehensive orientation to the use of Jungian type theory in a range of treatment situations. The eight cognitive processes, or "function-attitudes" of consciousness, that Jung described will be reviewed, with particular attention to the way these can be identified in different patients. A method for building up the type profile of an individual client in psychotherapy will be developed, focusing upon the different positions the separate function-attitudes can occupy in a person's total complement of consciousnesses. The archetypal qualities of the different positions will be illustrated through clinical and cultural examples, including characters from literature and film. Special emphasis will be placed on the portions of a client's typology that are in shadow. Attention will be given to the problem of healthy type development and to the reasons for clients' failures to differentiate types of consciousness that might in fact be their potential strengths. The ways underdeveloped functions can present themselves for therapeutic work will be detailed. The role of the therapist's own typology in structuring transference, counter-transference, and the therapeutic interaction with clients having different and similar type profiles from that of the therapist will be explored. The helpfulness of typological understanding in marital counselling and crisis intervention will be demonstrated. The goals of the seminar are: (a) furthering the clinician's ability to accurately recognize the different cognitive processes that make up an individual's complement of ego consciousness, (b) augmenting sensitivity to areas of vulnerability for a given individual based on type underdevelopment, (c) increasing the capacity of the therapist to foster the development of ego consciousness along lines respectful of the individuality of the client, and (d) sharpening the clinician's ability to recognize strengths and potentials in the client, based on evidence of type development.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. John Beebe, a psychiatrist in practice in San Francisco, is a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He founded The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal and was its editor for twenty years. Between 1990 and 1997 he was also the first American co-editor of The Journal of Analytical Psychology. A frequent lecturer throughout the Jungian world on film, psychological types, dreams, and moral character, he is the author of Integrity in Depth (1992) and the editor of Jung's Aspects of the Masculine (1989) and of Terror, Violence, and the Impulse to Destroy: Perspectives from Analytical Psychology (2003).


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