October 22-23, 2004: Jan Bauer

Lecture: Falling under the charm or power of someone’s charisma has happened to all of us some time in our lives. Whether that someone was a teacher, a guru, a passionate lover or Princess Diana, charismatic individuals have the power to provoke unpredictable and extraordinary emotions in us.They can even change the course of our lives, for better or for worse.

Charisma is not just a characteristic of the famous or the powerful. Many ‘normal’ people have charismatic traits but few know how to own these qualities consciously.There’s always the temptation to either refuse one’s charisma and hide one’s light under a bushel, or to abuse it without regard for the consequences.

In our modern world, charisma is getting more and more attention, often replacing other kinds of authority and leadership. How then to recognize it, understand it and even use it for the benefit of all?

Workshop: With the help of some practical exercises and in depth discussion we will explore how the charisma of certain individuals has changed our own lives, and what this change means, as well as, how we can recognize and use our own charisma in a way that is both responsible and inspiring.


JAN BAUER, MA attended Sarah Lawrence College and then studied in France where she earned a Master’s in literature and subsequently taught high school in France and Tunisia. In 1972 she returned to Boston where she earned a Masters in Adult Education at Boston University and worked as assistant to the director at Plymouth Plantation. She graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in 1981 and moved to Quebec where she continues to live and practice as an analyst in both French and English. (From 1989 to 1995, she was Chairperson of Admissions for the Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.) From 1999-2003 she was Director of Training for Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She has written two books, Alcoholism and Women, published by Inner City Books, and Impossible Love, published by Spring in English and by the Editions de l’Homme in French. Jungian concepts that particularly inspire her are the idea of individuation, ie. becoming truly oneself, and the integration of the shadow as that part of ourselves that we reject but that can expand our lives if we have the willingness to let it enter our consciousness. Ms. Bauer believes that one of the goals of analysis is to establish a ‘democracy’ of the psyche – letting all our different parts have a voice in the way we live our lives.

Bedazzled Charisma and Its Ways