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  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Library at the Jung Society of Washington, 5200 Cathedral Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016
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Tuesday, October 18th

An Evening With...

Joan Chodorow

Joan Chodorow will join us for a discussion of the uses of dance/movement as a form of active imagination in analysis. In 2006 and again in 2014, she decided to record and share elements of her work with three groups in Prague. Discussion topics could include an introduction to mover-witness practice as a way of learning about ourselves as well as each other; the symbolic play of childhood; memory, imagination, and the emotions. She will also present a playful introduction to elements of neuroanatomy via symbolic enactment. All of these illustrate elements of the archetypal affects and their development. She will update material she presented for the Jung Memorial Lecture in 2009, including recent moving images of the ego-self axis. The overall working hypothesis is this: All of the higher functions of the psyche have evolved from Joy, Interest, and Surprise as they modulate and transform the affects of crisis and survival. This modulating process can be seen in the cycle of rupture and repair between parent and infant. It is also seen in play, dreams, fantasy, active imagination, and creative imagination. It is an important and useful theory because the connections proposed between the senses, the emotions, Jung’s ego functions, and the symbolic cultural attitudes do exist. As a theoretical synthesis, the archetypal affect system offers a useful set of lenses to help us see. For those who might prefer another hypothesis, I invite you to reflect on the question: What else could it be?

Joan Chodorow, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in California’s Bay Area. She is a graduate of the original C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Her dance therapy training includes years of study with Mary Whitehouse. Publications include Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology (author) and Jung on Active Imagination (editor).


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