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A New Look at Active Imagination
April 16, 1999 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
For Jung, life is paradox, so it is not surprising that he described his most important ideas in paradoxical ways. On the one hand, active imagination is a meditative procedure or expressive technique meant to be used by the patient alone, away from the analyst. On the other hand, by linking active imagination to his symbolic method of dream interpretation and to the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship, Jung seems to be laying the groundwork for a comprehensive method of psychotherapy. In its deepest sense, active imagination is a central, self-reflective psychological attitude drawing from the creative resources of human culture: aesthetic, religious, philosophical, and social.
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Joan Chodorow, Ph.D. is an analyst and faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Publications include Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology – The Moving Imagination (Routledge 1991), C. G. Jung on Active Imagination (Princeton University Press, 1997), and the forthcoming Active Imagination: Healing from Within (TAMU Press). She lectures and teaches internationally as well as closer to home.This event has passed.