EVENT

17. THE SCARLET LETTER: A STUDY IN INDIVIDUATION

Saturday, March 25, 2023

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10:30 am

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12:30 pm

Saturday, March 25, 2023

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1:30 pm

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HOST

Laura Martin

DATE & TIME

Saturday, March 25, 2023

10:30 am

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12:30 pm

SESSION 2

Saturday, March 25, 2023

1:30 pm

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3:30 pm

SESSION 3

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SESSION 4

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COST

£70

LOCATION

The Essex Church, London W8 4RT

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SUBJECTS COVERED

History of Neurosis, Individuation, Psychopathology, Fundamentals

DESCRIPTION

Published in 1849, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is set in the 1640s in the Puritan Boston of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It represents a deep exploration of the complex negotiation between desire and duty that enables thedevelopment of a personal conscience: i.e. it shows the process of individuation. The text illustrates psychological, psychiatric and specifically Jungian processes and concepts such as: neurosis, psychosis, guilt, shame, scapegoating, shadow, anima/animus, alchemy, Magna Mater and the Divine Child. As a deep, mythopoeic text, Hawthorne’s narrative can provide us with meaningful, symbolic forms to help us understand psychological processes. Like a myth, it is a text that it is ‘good to think with’.

READING

Essential Reading:

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, The Scarlet Letter (any edition) (orig. pub. 1849)

Jung,C.G., The Collected Works, Vol. 18 Adaptation, Individuation andCollectivity, §§ 1084-1106

Jung, C.G., The Collected Works,Vol. 9.i Conscious, Unconscious and Individuation, §§ 489-524

Further Reading:

Brinton-Perera,Sylvia, The Scapegoat Complex: Toward a Mythology of Shadow and Guilt,Toronto: Inner City Books (1986)

Edinger,Edward F. Ego and Archetype: Individuation and the Religious Function of the Psyche, Boston and London: Shambhala (1992)

Jacobi,Jolanda, The Way of Individuation, London: Hodder & Stoughton (1967)

Jacoby,Mario, Shame and the Origins of Self-Esteem, New York and London:Routledge (1994)

Jung,C.G., The Collected Works, Vol. 9.1 A Study in the Process of Individuation, §§ 525-626

Jung,C.G., The Collected Works, Vol. 11 Transformation Symbolism in theMass: The Psychology of the Mass §§376-380

Jung, C.G., The Collected Works,Vol. 9i Concerning Mandala Symbolism, §§ 627-712

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