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Book Exploration Course
Part 2

Book: Jung on Active Imagination, Edited and Introduction by Joan Chodorow

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.

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


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

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