Based on C. G. Jung’s seminal essay, "On the Nature of the Psyche" (1954), tonight’s lecture will examine one of the crucial concepts of 20th century thought, the unconscious psyche. With precursors in the 18th and 19th centuries, psychoanalysts first formulated the unconscious from a variety of clinical and abnormal experiences, providing the basic concept of the unconscious as we use it today.
C. G. Jung further expanded the concept, deepening and clarifying it by drawing on religious experience, comparative symbolism, paranormal phenomena, and the creative spirit that rises from within the personality. The lecture, followed by questions and answers, will touch upon some of the core concepts and pivotal experiences that guided Jung’s path through this inner terrain, leading to the succinct formulation found in this mature essay. Participants are encouraged to preview the essay if possible.
Workshop: The Unconscious as a Multiple Consciousness
The Saturday workshop will focus on high-lights throughout the essay, providing in-depth understanding of its remarkable summary of analytical psychology. Topics will include the dissociability of the psyche and the nature of archetypes, with a special focus on The Unconscious as a Multiple Consciousness, a Jungian notion that will allow participants to apply his innovations to their own clinical experiences and illuminate the variety of interior experiences that occur during the process of personal work with the unconscious psyche. Presentations will be interspersed with informal group discussion and questions.
Workshop Participants are encouraged to read Jung’s essay, "On the Nature of the Psyche," CW Vol 8, before the workshop. Copies will be available to participants at the workshop. Participants are invited to bring questions from their reading or to raise items of interest from the essay for discussion during the workshop.
Kyle Lee Williams, M.A., is President of the C. G. Jung Society, Seattle, our sister organization. A psychotherapist and teacher, she has been a student of analytical psychology for twenty years. She has taught comparative religion at Hunter College and Marymount Loyola in New York City, the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and Antioch University in Seattle. Her poetry and scholarly essays have been published in Lapis Magazine, Psychological Perspectives, and elsewhere. She divides her practice as a psychotherapist between Seattle and Princeton, British Columbia.