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  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • 5 sessions
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016


  • Members who are Seniors over 65 and Full-Time Students

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It is said that we are now living in extraordinary times. How are you coping? What are your thoughts, feelings, and experiences? Please join me in a discussion of Erich Neumann’s Depth Psychology and a New Ethic, published in German in 1949, and certainly relevant today.

Neumann was born in Berlin in 1905 and died in Tel Aviv in 1960. He met Jung in 1933 at a seminar that Jung was conducting in Berlin.  Searching for a tzadik (a spiritual guide), Neumann entered analysis with Jung for six months in 1933 before he emigrated to Tel Aviv.  The two men corresponded until Neumann’s death.  His other works include The Origins and History of Consciousness (1954), The Great Mother (1955), and Amor and Psyche (1956).

"Erich Neumann’s book Depth Psychology and New Ethic (1949) was and remains a disturbing and revolutionary book. Having appreciated the discovery of psychodynamic psychology, Neumann challenges the received tradition of transmitted ethical authority with the “authority” of the soul.  What happens when these two are in conflict?  How does one choose?  How does one solicit a dialogue with the psyche and work one’s way through to an ethically nuanced conviction supported by one’s own depth? From Antigone through Kierkegaard, MLK, and Gandhi, up to the present hour, these timeless questions challenge each of us to consider the basis of our choices more holistically."

- James Hollis, Pd.D.

Phyllis LaPlante is a certified Jungian Analyst and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute of New York in 1998. She teaches courses in Jungian theory and practice in Washington and is a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Semi-retired, she offers short-term consultation.


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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