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What is the psyche? This fundamental question is related to other fundamental ones concerning the meaning of life, mind, and soul--and relationship, social and personal. These times have forced a shaking of foundations and the possibility of a quest for our own foundations.
In this course, we shall ask some basic questions. What is the nature of the psyche? What is it from Jung's energic viewpoint? What is its eros? We shall also consider the relationship between psyche (soul) and soma (body) and the effect of trauma.
The discovery and proposal of the psyche--in its uniqueness--is arguably the contribution of C. G. Jung's work. We will be supported in our exploration by two of Jung's foundational essays, as well as the myth of Psyche and Eros, including its various interpretations (Von Franz, Neumann, Hillman).
Class format: Presentation and discussion.
Suggested readings (excerpts will be emailed):
C. G. Jung, "On the Nature of the Psyche," CW 8.
C. G. Jung, "On Psychic Energy," CW 8.
The myth of Psyche and Eros (also known as the myth of Amor (or Cupid) and Psyche).
Mark Napack, M.A., S.T.L., M.S., studied archetypal patterns in comparative literature at Columbia University, after which he applied Jungian theory to the redemption motif in medieval theology for his thesis at Fordham University. He further studied Jung, psychology, and the history of religion at Loyola and Catholic Universities. A long-time graduate and college instructor, Mark has presented at international conferences and his work has appeared in scholarly journals and books in English and French. Mark Napack, LCPC, is also a Jungian-informed psychotherapist in North Bethesda, MD.
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