Citrinitas: Understanding the nature of relationships

Citrinitas: relationships and the inner being.

A practical and applied exploration of Anima (soul) & Animus (spirit) and the dynamics of Transference & Countertransference in relationships.

12 Week Online Course. 

Course starts on the 16th of September 2019.

Registration closes Sunday the 15th of September at midnight (PST).

The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies is offering a focused, online, twelve week course on the practical application of the psychodynamic concepts: Anima (Eros) & Animus (Logos), the basis of and lens through which we relate to ourselves, others and the world, and Transference & Countertransference the constellation and experience of the unconscious dynamic in our relationships.

Why do we struggle in relationships?

Love is an elastic concept that stretches from heaven to hell.
C.G. Jung

The twelve week online course will focus on how you relate to yourself and others, and how others relate to you. To help you uncover the dynamics that govern your relationships we will explore your unconscious motivations and archetypal imprints through exploring your transference and countertransference onto others, and your relationship to the world and yourself from the Anima and Animus perspectives.

Transference is a projection of a relationship dynamic that you as an individual unconsciously hold, onto another person. Usually this relationship dynamic mirrors the one you have with one of your parents.  Unconsciously you project your relationship dynamic with either your mother or your father, or a combination of both, onto others. In therapy this occurs spontaneously, but it is also prevalent in our normal day to day relationships with lovers, friends, colleagues, those in positions of authority and others.

Where it becomes really “interesting” is when you transfer onto someone, they typically start acting out and adopting the behavior you have unconsciously transferred onto them. In other words, if you are transferring onto the other person your relationship dynamic with your mother (for example), that person may relate back to you as though they were your mother – with the same relational dynamic! This is called counter-transference.

This explains why oftentimes you get the same type of response from different people and have the same pattern repeating itself in your romantic relationships, professional life or with friends and family.

Navigating relationships is not easy. We often find ourselves in the same pattern with romantic partners as we had in previous relationships. We may consciously decide to behave differently or try to meet someone totally different, but somehow end up with the same outcome. Are people just generally selfish, dismissive,  belittling,  nasty or emotionally unavailable and so on?

The truth is that YOU are getting this result again and again. The question is, WHY? 

As a metaphysical concept, the transference-countertransference phenomenon has been used as a way to conceptualize the human tendency to personalize any relationship, even one to transpersonal realities… No human relationship can avoid the impact of the human unconscious, whether it is deemed a positive or negative contribution.

A. B. Ulanov

This course we will explore this phenomenon in detail. To help you  identify, understand and ultimately heal dysfunctional or simply less-than-ideal relational dynamics.

We will also investigate the archetypal imprints of the Anima and Animus which determine how you relate to your inner world and the external world. These concepts from Jungian Psychology will help you understand why you may struggle struggling to be effective in your communication or self-expression. Uncover and understand where your psyche is sabotaging your relatedness to yourself and others. Re-imagine an identity in which these issues are integrated and accommodated and no longer sabotage you and your relationships.

The contrasexual archetypes galvanize the deepest issue of individuation – that process of differentiating out of unconsciousness one’s individual personality in relation to other persons. Mess or grand experience, connection or disruption, a relation of love or one of hostility – our sexual life is a constant drama in which the contrasexual archetypes [i.e anima and animus] play a major role. These are the archetypes that open onto the Self on the individuation journey.


The four key areas this course focuses on:

  1. Transference: how you experience and (unconsciously) relate to others
  2. Countertransference:  how others experience and (unconsciously) relate to you
  3. Anima: the inner feeling life
  4. Animus: the outer thinking life

Bring into consciousness the unconscious drives that influence and affect your relatedness to others, yourself and the world at large.

How does this course work?

Citrinitas is an online programme, run over twelve weeks, starting on the 16th of September 2019. The course includes both elements of working through the material on your own, as well as interacting with others students on the course and the course facilitators.  At the beginning of each module (every second week) you will receive the weeks material, as both a podcast and transcript. Group work takes place on a private, shared and facilitated Facebook forum.

NB! This course is designed as a self-study programme for students who prefer to work through this on their own and at their own pace. However, throughout the twelve weeks there is also an active and facilitated student community forum for questions comments and applications.  There will be two live webinars during this course, which are recorded for later viewing if you are unable to make the live webinar. All material is delivered via email to download onto your PC or tablet and consists of an audio podcast and PDF reading material.

Who is this course for?

This course will help you:

  • understand why your relationships are never quite what you expect
  • change negative relationship dynamics
  • explore into what drives your relationship reactions
  • gain insight into why you attract certain people in your life
  • heal dysfunctional relationship patterns
  • relate to yourself and others more constructively and meaningful fashion
  • understand explore the role of the Anima in your psyhcology
  • understand and explore the role of the Animus in your psychology
  • identify archetypal relationship imprints that are constellated in your psyche and life


Citrinitas will start on the 16th of September 2019. 

Registration closes Sunday the 15th of September at midnight (PST).

2019/09/16 09:00:00

Citrinitas has two payment options:

Option 1: Pay US 350 once off for the three month course

Option 2: Pay US 130 pm for 3 months

Click on the option below to register and pay. The link will go to Paypal for payment and then it will divert back to this website for registration and access to your material.

For any queries, please email Anja by clicking on this link.

Option 1

Pay U$ 350 once off.

Option 2

Pay U$ 130 pm for three months.


I’m grateful for this course being available online, so that I can access it wherever I am and whenever I am available. I am grateful that I sat with archetypes long enough to uncover the pervasive influence of the archetypal will to pleasure in my family, and in me. Wow. I never knew that was there. I am grateful that this work brought it into my awareness. I am grateful that since shining light on this I’ve been able to make different behavioural choices. My head feels clearer.  Where I stumble, there lies my treasure.


I will offer my gratitude here, as well, for this course, Anja and Stephen – the materials, lectures and applications were so well put together, and your responses to questions asked by participants so illuminating. And of course I am grateful for all that shared here, as it was thought provoking process all around. My tool/medicine kit for living fully has been profoundly enriched.  I am also particularly appreciative of the materials covered and applications, as they reflect a solid grounding in this approach to well-being and authenticity. They require much energy, and sometimes patience, but were presented in a way that I find very usuable/ accessible. I have added to my resource kit for living fully, and I am quite grateful for those able to share over this course’s forum, as I learned much from that openness.


A huge thank you again to Anja and Stephen , the course has been intense but the rewards are great and deep and will reverberate for a long time.


I have really enjoyed the material and process that went with it. I will return again to a lot of the material, and processes, that have had a really good impact on my life, and my perspectives. Thank you for what is a really wonderful and beautifully appropriate programme to look deep in the mirror and see with different eyes. I have recommended to quite a few who I see are now also starting or recently started.


The reason I choose to take this course was to introduce myself to Jung (concept, not the man) and Jungian psychology. I have very much enjoyed this course and I have gained some more understanding of Jungian psychology and it’s philosophy. The anima and animus part had a significant impact on me and my cogwheels have start turning. This is a great tool for individuation.


Thank you Stephen and thank you Anja! It’s been a humbling, revealing time for me-but most of all, it has been an empowering experience. So much has been explained and answered for me. I am so deeply grateful that I decide to do this course. It spoke to me loudly and clearly. This course has shown me the root of so many issues I have been grappling. It has taken me into the eye of the storm and shown me facets of myself that I did not know existed – but that I very much experienced in my everyday life. I am unable to articulate all that has transpired in my life, all that has been and is being transformed. You have changed my Life.


I have gained incredible insight through these past few weeks. The course and group discussions have enriched my life tremendously. The side lectures and readings we have all been doing added to the learning and transformation process. Deeply grateful!


Thank you for this course. I feel I have once again awakened to The Transformation. You are to be commended for the depth and divergence brought to bear in such a concise and succinct way.


I am grateful to have had this experience as it has opened my eyes to many of the roadblocks I have constructed for myself during my life and how I may change them going forward. I thank each and every one of you for this experience and wish everyone the very best in their journey. I hope to meet everyone on a dream beach, sipping your choice of liquid refreshment, and discussing the whys and why nots of life. Until we meet again! May love light our way.


This is my third Magnum Opus course. It continues to surprise me how powerful the applications are. Each time I dive into the dark waters and instead of drowning, I return with little gems of insight about myself. I am very grateful for the opportunity to do this work. I also notice how this process is gentle and organic. Things are shifting for me in a way that feels whole and expansive. It feels like missing pieces have been installed and restored to their rightful place.


Thanks so much for the lessons and teaching. It truly has been life changing. Emma


Thank you participants and the facilitators for this journey. This was a great way to walk with us and to guide us. A lots of sign posts, inviting and providing sense of direction. I wish the Centre all the best, you are doing great work, work that touches the essence of our individual and collective development. With love


To the whole centre of applied Jungian studies school, I am so happy you exist. You are shifting the world, one person at a time, allowing the space and the safety for each person to go through their own journey. Thank you times a million. One of the best decisions I took in my life.