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The Holy Longing: Spirituality and the Religious Attitude in the Psychology of CG Jung: a course with Royce Froehlich

  • Thursday, December 01, 2022
  • 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 22, 2022
  • 9:30 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time


  • Members who are either seniors over 65 or full time students


Four Thursdays

This program will NOT be recorded

This course will engage C.G. Jung’s thoughts on the interconnectedness of psychoanalytic treatment and religious practices, a central theme in his work. Readings will be drawn from Jung’s writings on psychology and religion: West and East.  We will follow the trajectory in Jung’s thought regarding religion by following his work sequentially, dating from his graduate student days, just before the turn of the twentieth century, through letters written in 1961, the last year of his life.

The purpose of this course is to develop a deeper understanding of Jung’s hypothesis that the human psyche is religious by nature.  While the material in this course is intended for application in daily life, clinicians may wish to apply some of Jung’s insights into their own psychotherapeutic practice.  Participants will be introduced to theological language and the religious background that informed Jung so that they will: 

  • Be better prepared to engage Jung’s theories that point to the archetypal dimension of religious practices
  • Become more familiar with Eastern and Western religious symbol systems
  • Be able to apply a religious (in Jung’s sense) lens to the understanding of human nature

Royce Froehlich, Ph.D., M.Div., LCSW, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  He holds a master’s degree in media studies from the New School for Social Research and spent twenty years working as an audio engineer for ABC Radio Networks.  He then entered the dual-degree program at the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Union Theological Seminary, where he earned master’s degrees in clinical social work and divinity.  He completed his doctoral work at the European Graduate School, earning a Ph.D. in philosophy, art, and critical thinking.  His dissertation was on "C.G. Jung, Media, and Disindividuation."  Dr. Froehlich trained as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, where he is now an instructor, supervisor, and training analyst.  He also serves on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology in New York City and sits on the Executive Board of the Philemon Foundation.

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