October 19-20, 1984: Marion O. Woodman

Lecture: Addiction to Perfection

Perfection can be a tragic personality trait. This lecture will analyze the positive and negative poles set up in the over-conscientious personality, focusing on case studies and dreams dealing with obsessive neuroses, particularly eating disorders and alcoholism. New attitudes, grounded in the feminine consciousness will be explored as the possible means of healing

Workshop: Feminine Consciousness as Healer of Perfectionism

The seminar will deal in depth with the ideas presented in the lecture. Attention will be given to the psychological meaning of food and drinking rituals, the transfer of energy from food to sexuality, and from food to spirituality. She will suggest simple exercises through which the participants may experience how the feminine ego may be grounded in the feminine body. Come comfortably dressed.


Marion Woodman is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Toronto. A diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, she is a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts of North America, and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She is the author of The Owl Was A Baker’s Daughter: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Repressed Feminine; and Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride.

Addiction to Perfection