Programme of Studies 2018 – 2019

Seminars are held at The Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RT

It is essential to book seminars in advance – at the latest by the weekend before the seminar.

All reading lists are supplied by the speaker.


Robert Macdonald

Date Thursday 25 April

Time 7.30pm-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals (Ego, Complexes, Self)

In his essay The Stages of Life, Jung refers to ‘the splitting of the psychic material that constitutes the ego’, and the presence of a ‘second ego’ where the conflict arising from inner division indicates ‘a step forward in consciousness’.

The ‘witness position’, a designated acting area in the Japanese Noh Drama, where a character sits in absolute stillness gazing into the ‘beyond’, while life changing events are re-enacted, will amplify discussion of division within the ego complex.

The nature of the ego, objective psychological judgment, attunement, optimizing tension between the opposites, and emergence of the Self will be considered.


Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 3, The Feeling-Toned Complex and Its General Effect on The Psyche, §§ 77-106

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 6, Appendix 2, §§ 883-914

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 8, The Stages of Life, §§ 749-795

Tyler, R., Japanese Noh Dramas: The Sumida River, pp. 254-263 (text file emailed on application)


Eve Jackson

Date Friday 26 April, Saturday 27 April

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Alchemy, Fairy Tale and Myth, Psychology and Religion, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

The two-part play Faust based on the medieval legend of the alchemist who signed a pact with the Devil, which took Goethe 20 years to complete, ‘poured into’ the soul of the adolescent Jung ‘like a miraculous balm’, and continued to preoccupy him throughout his life. More deeply impressed by the demon Mephistopheles than by the character of Faust himself, he took issue with the ‘happy’ ending of Goethe’s work, and when he built the Bollingen Tower dedicated the building, in an inscription over the door, to Philemon (destroyed by Goethe’s protagonist in the play) and to the repentance of Faust.


Goethe, J. W. von, Faust, Parts I and II, London: Norton Critical Edition (1998). This translation by Walter Arndt will be referred to in the seminar and is the preferred edition. Please bring the text to the seminar with you.

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 20, General Index. Whatever you can manage of his many references to Goethe’s Faust.


Ailish O’Driscoll

Date Thursday 16 May

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Alchemy, Individuation

The aim of this seminar is to explore the final chapter of C. G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis (Collected Works Vol. 14): ‘The Conjunction’. From his expansive amplification of the process, an extraction will be made to clarify the stages leading from the unio mentalis to the unus mundus. The production of the quintessence and Gerhard Dorn’s interesting recipe will be a focus for discussion. The relationship of body, soul and spirit, the paradoxical nature of the human predicament, and the function of the symbol, are topics which will contribute to an understanding of individuation in the present.


Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 14, The Conjunction, §§ 654-789

Edinger, E., The Mysterium Lectures: A Journey through C.G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis, Toronto: Inner City Books (1995), Chapters 23, 24, 25.


Edna Babay-Shahaf and Dr Gloria Pepe

Date Friday 17 May, Saturday 18 May

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects Covered:

Fairy Tale and Myth, Psychology and Religion

Beginning with the historical development of the myth of Lilith, this seminar will explore Lilith’s connection to other demonic images of the feminine such as Baba Yaga, as well her relationship to the dark shadow aspect of the Shekinah. We will also consider the Lilith archetype in relation to female sexuality and how the sexual expression of the archetype not only attracts a dangerous fascination, but at the same time creates fear and blame. Through looking at the various images of Lilith, we will consider the manifestation of the archetype today, both in society and in analytic work.


Brinton-Perera, S., Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women, Toronto, Canada: Inner City Books (1981)

Hurwitz, Z., Lilith - The First Eve: Historical and Psychological Aspects of the Dark Feminine, Switzerland: Daimon Verlag (1999)

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 20, General Index on Lilith

Neumann, E., The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype, Princeton NJ, USA: Bollingen, Princeton University Press (1991), Chapters 6, 11, 14

Patai, R., The Hebrew Goddess, Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press (1990), Chapter X

Vogelsang, E. W., ‘The Confrontation Between Lilith and Adam: The Fifth Round’, Journal of Analytical Psychology 30, 2 (1985), pp. 149-163


Mark Saban

Date Thursday 27 June

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects Covered:

Fundamentals, Individuation, Post-Jungian Theory and Practice, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

In the first three chapters of Jung’s posthumously published memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, he describes the difficult experience of living two personalities, and how he eventually found a way to incorporate both into his life and his work. The speaker intends to show that this early problematic conflict became a red thread that was eventually to run through every aspect of Jung’s mature psychology. Furthermore, to approach Jung’s psychology in this way offers an opportunity to re-vision and critique ideas and concepts that in some cases have become blurred through over-familiarity.


Jung C.G. & Jaffe A., Memories, Dreams, Reflections, New York: Vintage Books (1989), Chapters 1-3

Papadopoulos R., ‘Jung and the concept of the other’ in Papadopoulos and Saayman (eds.), Jung in Modern Perspective, the Master and his Legacy, New York: Prism Press (1991), pp. 54-88

Saban M., ‘Ambiguating Jung’ in Kirsch, J. (ed.), How and Why We Still Read Jung, London: Routledge (2013)

Saban M., ‘Jung, Winnicott and the Divided Psyche’, Journal of Analytical Psychology, (2016) 61, 3, pp. 329–349


Dr Spyros Karvounis

Date Friday 28 June, Saturday 29 June

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 2-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Psychopathology, Fairytale & Myth, Individuation, Jungian and Post-Jungian Theory & Practice

The archetypal and mythic patterning of the neuroses will be traced, and the interrelation between conscious and unconscious, and ego and Self will be examined, looking particularly at how these manifest in the neuroses. Both the meaningfulness and the meaninglessness of neurotic suffering will be explored, together with blockages against, and possibilities for, a solution. The neuroses and their complexities will be discussed in the light of both traditional Jungian, and Post-Jungian, approaches.


Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 7, Phenomena Resulting from the Assimilation of the Unconscious, §§ 221-242, and The Technique of Differentiation between the Ego and the Figures of the Unconscious, §§ 341-373

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 8, The Transcendent Function, §§ 131-193 and A Review of the Complex Theory, §§ 194-219

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol.16, The Psychology of the Transference, especially chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9, §§ 467-524

Giegerich, W., ‘Neurosis, The Logic of a Metaphysical Illness’, New Orleans, Louisiana: Spring Journal, Inc. (2013)

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