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From Ego to Soul: Jung's Radical Revision of Psychology, a course with Mark Napack

  • Thursday, October 05, 2023
  • Thursday, November 16, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Thursday, October 05, 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, November 02, 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • Zoom, Eastern Time


  • Members who are Seniors over 65 and Members who are Full-Time Students



This program WILL NOT BE recorded. 

Registration closes at 12:00pm EST the day before the program begins. 

Zoom Links will be in your confirmation email

"Where id was, there ego shall be," so said Sigmund Freud. Would it be true to say that for C. G. Jung, "Where ego was, there shall soul also be?" Such may be Jung's radical revision of psychology. 

Jung and Freud parted ways with the publication of Jung's The Psychology of the Unconscious in 1912. There Jung demonstrated that the libido was not reducible to the sexual paradigm but was involved in symbolic progressions of consciousness based on mythological patterns. But this was only the beginning of the story. After the break with Freud, Jung conducted a series of experiments on himself which resulted in the development of his psychology of soul. These are recorded in his Black Books and described in The Red Book and Memories, Dreams and Reflections. Up until this point, Jung's psychology had been based on his theory of the complexes and their effect on the ego. In his experiments, Jung's soul confronts his ego as an other and forces him to radically revise his theory of the psyche.

In this course, we shall examine Jung's radical revision of psychology as it pertains to his own theory, psychology itself, and where we find ourselves today. The eclipse of soul has taken place in the "mental health" world of our culture, where a pandemic of dystopic states of mind continues unabated. Is there a way forward to a greater sense of aliveness, that core characteristic of the archetype of the soul? Our aim is to find the soul's path, with the help of Jung's discovery.

Class format: Presentation (with distributed image and text) and discussion.

I.  Introduction: Our Current Psychological Dystopia.

II.  Jung's Anima Revisions: From The Psychology of the Unconscious to Symbols of Transformation.

III.  The Soul's Aion: History, Narrative and Evil.

IV.  Does the Soul have a Future?

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.

ZOOM LINKS: Zoom links can be found in your registration confirmation email. They will also be shared about 24 hours before the program start time. Registration closes before Zoom links are shared. If you do not receive your link 24 hours in advance, please reach out asap directly to

CANCELLATION: You may cancel your registration up to 1 week prior to the program.

By agreeing to enroll in an online program offered by the Jung Society of Washington, you are also agreeing to comply with our terms. This means that you cannot record (through internal or external devices) the audio, visuals (photos), or  any videos of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the presenter, and we ask you not to violate this policy. Also, we highly value the anonymity of the content of the program, of the presenters, and of individuals present in the program, and hope that everyone can contribute to a respectful and trust-building online environment. Thank you!


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