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THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES: The Psychology of the Transference, Collected Works, Vol. 16, a course by Rosanne Shepler

  • Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Monday, May 20, 2019
  • 5 sessions
  • Monday, March 25, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Monday, April 08, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Monday, May 06, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Monday, May 20, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
  • 20


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


Transference is that peculiar dynamic where one transfers aspects of his/her relationship with figures from the past such as parents onto the analyst or therapist. While this applies in the analytic container, it happens universally in the outer world with work , friends, and community relationships. Countertransference is the therapist’s emotional entanglement with the patient.  The relationship of the tensions of opposites between the analyst and analysand (love/hate, mother/child, bad/good, nurturing/neglectful, etc.) allows for unconscious material to become conscious to be worked upon, integrated, and resolved. Using the symbolic lens of the 16th century Rosarium pictures, Jung describes the process of individuation via the transference. The elements used in the opus were comprised of opposites because the attraction of opposites led to a conjunction and the production of a new substance different than the original two. In the opus of one’s inner work, the relationship to another creates the opportunity to become conscious of our own opposite and one-sided attitudes thus leading to the replacement of an old attitude with a new attitude. This essay speaks to one’s inner transformation regardless of being in analysis or not and allows for reflection of one’s process with others.

The reading for the first class includes the Foreword to The Psychology of the Transference as well as Paragraphs 353- 401.

Please take one paragraph that you found meaningful and write a brief reflection to  discuss in class.

Rosanne Shepler is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Psychoanalyst who received her Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute of New York in 2002.  She also holds masters degrees in Health Education and Counseling.  She is a past president of JAWA and a past treasurer of both JAWA and NYAAP.  She is on the Curriculum Committee and Teaching Faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York.  She’s a member of JAWA, the New York Association for Analytical Psychology (NYAAP), the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA), and the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP). 


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