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TANGLED IN "NOTS": Working With Complexes Using Active Imagination

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016
  • 5 sessions
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016


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6 Wednesdays, Beginning March 16th (3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13)


Robert Sheavly

Complexes are core structures of the psyche and are one of the most basic ways in which we encounter the archetypes.  When we’re stuck in a complex – i.e., the complex “has us” – we are possessed by the complex.  Rather than manifesting our true self, we manifest some aspect of our false self (the not-me).  This capacity of complexes to bind psychic energy tangles us in knots which are “not-y,” not because they are especially naughty but because they are merely knotty and difficult to un-not on one’s own.  Yet growth often lies precisely in consciously encountering this “not-me”: a knotty situation indeed!

This course will use Disney’s Tangled to illustrate typical complexes as well as the power of the complex to hinder connecting more fully to our true self.  Jung’s theory of complexes will be discussed.  Through active imagination, participants will learn to use the kinesthetic component (the feeling tone) of a complex to identify and bring into consciousness both the contemporaneous and historical material associated with a complex of their own choosing. (Please be kind enough to bring one with you to the class.) 

Robert Sheavly is a Jungian Analyst in Washington, DC and is the director of the Central Washington Psychotherapy Associates and on the faculty of the Philadelphia Jung Institute. Bob also serves as treasurer of the Jungian Analysts of Washington Association (JAWA) and the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts (PAJA). He is a former church organist, an avid choral singer performing regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra and the author of Ensouling AIDS: The Archetypal Dimension of the LGBT Choral Movement


The Jung Society of Washington is dedicated to nourishing the human spirit and to serving the longing that comes to us in our dreams and in moments of hardship, imagination, struggle, and creativity.  We support the exploration of our own psychic depths and the primal impulse for personality integration that Dr. Carl Gustav Jung called "individuation".  With a psychological lens, we deepen the discussion of social issues, history, and current events.  We encourage the development of greater self-awareness and creative expression—individually, in relationships, and within the community. 

5200 Cathedral Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
CALL: 202-237-8109
EMAIL: jungsociety@jung.org

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
EMAIL: junglibrary@jung.org

BY CAR: From MacArthur Blvd., turn east (away from the Potomac River) onto Cathedral at the light between Loughboro and Arizona. 

Parking is available in the streets.
Entrance to the Jung Society library and office is from the side street, Hawthorne Place.

The Jung Society of Washington is a nonprofit educational institution. Although many of the Jung Society's programs involve analytical psychology and allied subjects, these offerings are intended, and should be viewed, as a source of information and education, and not as therapy. The Jung Society does not offer psychoanalytical or other mental health services.
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