Jungian Psychology as Impetus to Creation
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Stillpoint Spaces Berlin
Hobrechtstrasse 66, Vorderhaus EG
No white without black, and no holiness without the devil. Opposites are brothers.
— C. G. Jung “The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious”, CW 9/1, § 597
In the archetypal nature of myths and fairy tales, Carl Jung saw a reflection of psychic processes, both symbolic and vital, as they strive towards integrating the unconscious into consciousness. Jung called this process a becoming whole and integrated, or individuation.
As an archetype on its own account, analytical psychology describes the basic structures of imagination and action which, in turn, are seen as human patterns that belong to the collective unconscious. Archetypes themselves are defined as psychic (also psychophysical) structures that unconsciously influence human behaviour.
They are difficult to grasp rationally. They can mostly only be expressed through symbols and imagination. The storybook "Two Brothers" by the artists Kristina Saborio and Tyler Downey illustrates and recounts the archetypal process of individuation, namely the confrontation of opposing structures of the psyche, such as the shadow, the anima, the renewal, self-realisation, and the self-discovery.
In a fragmented, technology-driven modern world, reconnecting to archetypal processes is crucial for children in establishing the vital link between their emerging egos and their roots in the unconscious. A more grounded, healthier connection to themselves and the world is thus encouraged. Importantly, not only children, but also adults can benefit from a heightened understanding of the mythological and archetypal aspects of our psyches.
Author Kristina Saborio will first discuss how her encounter with dreamwork and Jungian psychology provided her with the impetus to recount the individuation process through tales. She will then give an overview of the narrative structure of the book while reflecting on her own experience with Jungian concepts.
Jungian analyst Wolfgang Heine will intervene with tentative Jungian interpretations of those tales and provide theoretical background of the concepts based on the Psychology of C. G. Jung.
Kristina Saborio, author of “Two Brothers”, has brought together her visual background from graphic design, her studies of German literature, and her personal exploration of Jungian psychology in a unique children's' book project.
Wolfgang Heine is a practicing Jungian analyst at Stillpoint Spaces Berlin, with a Master of Science in psychotherapy.
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