Who: Rosanne Shepler
When: 7 Thursdays
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It was 1912 when Carl Jung distanced himself from Freud and his theories and began to define his own. This difficult and dark pas-sage for Jung produced the outpouring of his ideas on libido and transformation (Symbols of Transformation) that would forever separate him and Freud. In the aftermath, Jung spent years of isolation undergoing his own confrontation with the unconscious as a way of experiencing and constructing the process of transfor-mation and individuation. From 1913 to 1917, this arduous process resulted in writings on the theory of psychoanalysis (1913), the psychology of dreams (1914), the transcendent function (1916), and the structure of the unconscious (1916). The last writing was a revision of an article written in1912. These works are the precursor to Volume 7, published in 1917. Concurrently, the rumblings of World War I greatly disturbed Jung. He witnessed a barbaric side of [hu]manity with no capacity to shut down the machine of destruction occurring everywhere. He realized that the only way for change to occur was for each person to change his/ her attitude in order to initiate a change in the nation. He states: If ever there was a time when self-reflection was the absolutely necessary and only right thing, it is now, in our present catastrophic epoch. Yet whoever reflects upon himself is bound to strike upon the frontiers of the unconscious, which contains what above all else he needs (Vol. 7, p. 4).
In essence, Volume 7 is the fundamental work and introduction to Jung's formulation and articulation of his theories around the concept of archetypes and the collective unconscious, the interrelationship of the ego and the unconscious, and his beginning theory of types. With each new edition of Vol. 7, Jung further refined and defined these essays into their current form. However, the original versions of his essays are deemed important as Jung offers his first tentative formulations around these foundational concepts. And thus, the editors included the original versions of (Psychoanalysis and The Eros Theory), New Paths in Psychology and The Structure of the Unconscious in the appendices.
Rosanne Shepler, LPC, LP, received her diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C. G. Jung Institute of New York in 2002. She also holds Master's degrees in Health Education and Counseling. Rosanne is on the curriculum committee and teaching faculty of the New York Institute and is the President of JAWA. She has a private practice in Vienna, Virginia.
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