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Image is Psyche: Jung’s Radical Idea and Core Concept, a course with Mark Napack

  • Thursday, September 08, 2022
  • Thursday, October 06, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Thursday, September 08, 2022, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, September 22, 2022, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, October 06, 2022, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom, Eastern Time
  • 0


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


This program is NOT recorded

It is as if we did not know, or else continually forgot, that everything of which we are conscious is an image, and that image is psyche (CW 13, para. 75)

"Image is psyche" is Jung's radical, breakthrough idea. It is the core concept, thread and leitmotiv, which runs through his entire work. In this course, we shall explore "image is psyche" as the skeleton key to understanding Jungian psychology and human experience in its psychological, spiritual, and social unfolding. "Image is psyche" is also the means and medium through which human experience may be healed and transformed.

In order to get to an understanding and conscious experience of this central realm of the image, we shall start with setting out Jung's discovery and understanding of "image is psyche." Here we find the method by which Jungian psychology heals. Second, we shall look at, as an example, the image of fire as it manifests itself across a range of human possibilities--from eros to the mystical. Lastly, the social images that inhabit us will be explored. There are the images that threaten to rend us asunder and also the images--old and emergent--which offer us hope and a way of living together in authentic relatedness.

The class format will include presentation (with image, poetry, music, and texts) and discussion; class resources will be emailed.

Week I. Image is Psyche: Jung's Discovery and Psychological Method

Week II. The Image of Fire: Transformations of an Elemental Image

Week III. Social Images: From Splitting to Wholeness

Mark Napack, M.A., S.T.L., M.S., studied archetypal patterns in comparative literature at Columbia University, after which he applied Jungian theory to the redemption motif in medieval theology for his thesis at Fordham University.  He further studied Jung, psychology, and the history of religion at Loyola and Catholic Universities. A long-time graduate and college instructor, Mark has presented at international conferences and his work has appeared in scholarly journals and books in English and French. Mark Napack, LCPC, is also a Jungian-informed psychotherapist in North Bethesda, MD.

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By agreeing to enroll in an online program offered by the Jung Society of Washington, you are also agreeing to comply with our terms. This means that you cannot record (through internal or external devices) the audio, visuals (photos), or  any videos of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the presenter, and we ask you not to violate this policy. Also, we highly value the anonymity of the content of the program, of the presenters, and of individuals present in the program, and hope that everyone can contribute to a respectful and trust-building online environment. Thank you!


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