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JUNG ON ACTIVE IMAGINATION, edited and introduction by Joan Chodorow, led by April Barrett

  • 05 Apr 2017
  • 17 May 2017
  • 6 sessions
  • 05 Apr 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 12 Apr 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 19 Apr 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 03 May 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 10 May 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 17 May 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • The Library at the Jung Society, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20016
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Six Wednesdays starting April 5th (4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 5/3, 5/10 and 5/17)

Book Exploration

April Barrett 

From the backmatter: The roots of all of the creative-art psychotherapies (art, dance, music, drama, poetry) can be traced to C.G. Jung's early work on active imagination. Herein, Joan Chodorow offers a collection of Jung's writings on active imagination. Jung developed this concept between 1913 and 1916, following his break with Freud. During this time, he experienced intense inner turmoil, suffering from lethargy and fear; his moods threatened to overwhelm him. He searched for a method to heal himself and decided to engage with the impulses and images of his unconscious. It was through the rediscovery of the symbolic play of his childhood that Jung was able to reconnect with his creative spirit. In a 1925 seminar and again in his memoirs, he tells the remarkable story of his experiments during this time that led to his self-healing. Jung learned to develop an ongoing relationship with his lively creative spirit through the power of imagination and fantasies. He termed this therapeutic method "Active Imagination."                                                                                                                                                                 This method, based on the natural healing function of the imagination and its many expressions, Joan Chodorow clearly presents in texts set in the proper context. Her discussion of Jung's writings and ideas is interwoven with contributions from other Jungian authors and artists.                                                                                                                   This course is a book exploration.

April Barrett is in service to the dissemination of Jung's thought through her participation and training with the Creative Initiative Foundation, the Guild for Psychological Studies, and the Jung Society of Washington, for which she is program co-director and secretary/treasurer of the board.

Jung Society of Washington

5200 Cathedral Ave., NW Washington 20016


Executive Director - James Hollis, Ph.D.

President - Erminia Scarcella, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A.

Office and Library Hours:

Weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Member Benefits: 
Members have borrowing privileges at our library and receive a discounted fee to most of our events.
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Other Program Venues:

American University, Butler Board Room,
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington DC 20016

Images of mandalas throughout this site were created by Carl Jung's patients between the years 1926 and 1945.

Jung Society of Washington

Directions: The Jung Society of Washington is located in the educational building of the Palisades Community Church. From MacArthur Blvd., turn east (away from the Potomac River) onto Cathedral at the light between Loughboro and Arizona.  We are accessible via the Metro D6 bus line.  Entrance to the Jung Society library and office is from the side street, Hawthorne Place.

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