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Lessons in Heartbreak

I recently fell in love. Deeply. I had all the classic symptoms; I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t focus on anything. He was interesting, cute, sweet, sexy, bright, difficult, challenging – everything that I wanted. He told me that he never shared so intimately with anyone, he told me he loved me, he told me that he was a better man around me, he told me that he thinks I could be the one. And the kisses…well, left [...]

Have you swallowed another’s shadow?

Have you ever met one of those couples, where the one is just perfect and fantastic and their partner is a walking disaster? One is incompetent, inappropriate, a total bitch or bastard, etc. Yet their partner is charismatic, socially skilled, an all round good person. And you think to yourself what on earth is he doing with her (or vice versa). Whilst I was doing research on Persona, I came across a story told by Jung which illustrates this very [...]

COMPLEX, ARCHETYPE, SYMBOL in the Psychology of C.G. Jung by Jolande Jacobi

This is a book review by Lynelle Pieterse who manages the Jungian Book Club. Click here to buy this book. Complex/Archetype/Symbol in the Psychology of C.G. Jung (Bollingen Series (General)) Introduction In the foreword, Jung writes: “…the concept of the archetype has given rise to the greatest misunderstandings.” The book is a discussion about the intricate terms Complex, Archetype, and Symbol and specifically about how they are interrelated. Jolande Jacobi was an associate of C.G. Jung for many years. She is known for her [...]

Psyche and Cinema: The Shining

The Shining: Complexes This is from our Psyche & Cinema series and looks at the Jungian psychology concept of Complexes. This idea is explored through the experience of the main character Jack Torrance’s interaction with the ghost Grady. The Magnum Opus of Jung’s work was the pursuit of individuation. The Centre for Applied Jungian Psychology is now presenting Nigredo, the first stage of the Magnum Opus. Presented online over 12 weeks, Nigredo will explore the concepts of Archetypes, Complexes, Projection and Shadow. The tools and skills required for [...]

Psyche and Cinema: Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence: Anima This is from our Psyche & Cinema series and looks at the Jungian psychology concept of Anima. This idea is explored through the experience of the main character David, who is an artificial boy. The Magnum Opus of Jung’s work was the pursuit of individuation. The Centre for Applied Jungian Psychology is now presenting Nigredo, the first stage of the Magnum Opus. Presented online over 12 weeks, Nigredo will explore the concepts of Archetypes, Complexes, Projection and Shadow. The tools and skills required for the [...]

Psyche and Cinema: The Matrix

The Matrix: Consciousness and Truth. This is from our Psyche & Cinema series and looks at three key ideas from Jungian psychology through the lens of the 1999 film, The Matrix: the 2nd personality as the doorway to individuation, our neuroses as a psychic prison and the relationship of truth to consciousness. Phoenix painting by Benjamin A. Vierling The Magnum Opus of Jung’s work was the pursuit of individuation. The Centre for Applied Jungian Psychology has launched a brand new four stage programme to guide [...]

Christmas in Africa, “Ubuntu” the true symbolism and meaning of the season

This is a guest blog by Dr Leslee Brown from www.mindbodypassport.com It is such an odd occurrence to be in the southern hemisphere during the holiday season. We all think of snow, Christmas trees, Rudolph, Santa, and twinkling lights. We are usually busy in a hectic rush, madly shopping for the perfect gifts, organizing parties, and decorating our houses and preparing for our big Christmas feasts. We all think nostalgically or longingly for spending time by a roaring fire with [...]

The Undiscovered Self – book review

This book review is by Lynelle Pieterse, who manages the Jungian Book club and is on The Undiscovered Self, by Carl Jung. This is the next book that will be explored in the Jungian Book Club. Follow this link to join the Jungian Book club. The book consists of a series of 7 essays. In 1957 Jung was deeply concerned about the Cold War and Communism. However, the content is also relevant for us in 2016. The Plight of the [...]

The Body and the Blood

When I was a kid, for as long as I can remember, every Friday night, we would go to my grandmother’s house for a family supper. As my mother and one of my aunts were fond of saying, “Every road leads to Mayfair,” the suburb my grandmother’s home was located.  We would go there for what I can only describe as a feast. My grandmother, God rest her soul, would prepare a feast for us every single week, without fail. [...]

Book Review: Ego and Archetype by Edward F. Edinger

Individuation and the Religious Function of the Psyche. This book review is by Lynelle Pieterse. The Jungian Book Club will be exploring this book during this month. In the introduction we are reminded that Jung “achieved a magnificent synthesis of human knowledge.” Through his work we have come to know the reality of the psyche and the phenomenology of how it manifests in us and in the world. We can therefore recognise the same phenomenology expressed in the culture-products:  myth, religion, philosophy, art and literature. The [...]