Spring 2020 Season Program

Speaker: Susan E. Schwartz

How to Love a Narcissist

We explore Jung’s concepts of narcissism and its appearance in the ‘as-if’ personality who struggles to connect to self and others. Intimacy is compromised, wanted yet feared. Although the person appears enticing and confident, the inner life is marked by perfectionism, emotional distance and dissociation. Through dreams and composite people examples, we explore why these people are in our lives and where in our psyche we are in the throes of narcissism rather than self-love. We will consider unfinished areas of the personality originating from early trauma, emotional neglect, and negative parental complexes adversely affecting confidence. Such areas promote idealization of others and destroy initiative while feeding an internalized cycle of self-hatred, oppression and envy. How can we accept life with its creative as well as aging process and find self-love?

The Myth of Narcissus

We first explore the make-up of the puella/puer, that archetype of perennial youth prevalent in the Western world. The intense energy and appeal of the puella/puer often masks a more fragile personality, unrealistic, fantasy driven, easily dissembled, immature and untouched. This person lives an ‘as-if’ life, blocked by a persona adaptation from accessing basic instincts. Jungian psychology is founded on the recognition that the splits in the psyche face us with questions of how we relate to otherness both within and without. Looking into the mirror as Narcissus does, we find ourselves, sometimes with pleasure and sometimes with a touch of horror. Could this be me? This mirror holds the shadow that we encounter, as did Narcissus. Will we take his route? Will we ignore the feminine form of Echo? The experience of this myth, as enacted in the classical Jungian style, will take us down personal pathways and collective avenues. Discussion with the myth as template encourages a deepening into what we know and also have yet to discover about ourselves and relationship to others.

Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist graduated from the Jung Institute in Kusnacht. She is a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology and has taught through them for several years, developing group programs in Poland and South Africa. She gives workshops and lectures in the U.S. and around the world. Susan has articles in various journals and chapters in several books on Jungian psychology, and she is currently writing a book for Routledge on absent fathers and their effect on daughters. She has a private practice in Jungian Analytical Psychology in Paradise Valley, AZ. Her website is: www.susanschwartzphd.com

Integrity: The Dynamic Coming Together of Our Complexes – Seminar I

What is it that grabs and compels us unexpectedly, causing us to think and act in ways that don’t fit with how we see ourselves or how we want to be?

How can we deal with these impulses and obsessions, and how can we find a way to relate to them rather than trying in vain to shut them out?

How can this energy become a source of creative revitalization and enrichment for our lives going forward?

In this seminar, Bonnie McLean and Mark Girard will take turns exploring Jung’s discovery and understanding of autonomous complexes. We will consider his use of the association experiment, the components of complexes, their clues in images, dreams, sensations, thoughts, behaviors and relationships. Through play and discussion, we will look at the value of integrating these split off parts and how to nurture this individuation process.

Dates and Times

There will be two seminars meeting on the same day, if the minimum of 10 people sign up for each seminar.  Please sign up for and plan to attend one of them.

  • Seminar I:  Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Seminar II: Sundays from 5:00 – 7:00 pm


  • Feb. 2, 2020 – Bonnie McLean
  • Feb. 9, 2020 –  Bonnie McLean
  • Feb. 16, 2020 – Bonnie McLean
  • Mar. 1, 2020 – Mark Girard
  • Mar. 8, 2020 – Mark Girard
  • Mar. 15, 2020 – Mark Girard


  • 12 hours of seminar instruction: $195 (OFJ members: $185)
  • Sorry, we are unable to offer refunds.
  • Continuing Education Credits are available, with one hour of CE credit for each hour of attendance. CEUs will be available for purchase, at a cost of $10, which will cover all CEUs earned over the six-session seminar.

Seminar Size

  • Attendance is limited to 24 people – 12 people per session
  • If the seminar is full, and you would like to be added to our waitlist, please write us at info@ofj.org. If you have any questions, please call 503-223-3080.

Required Reading

  • None.
Bonnie McLean, MSW, LCSW, Ashland, has been a Jungian Analyst and clinical social worker in private practice for over 20 years in Portland. A graduate of the C.G.Jung Institute Zurich, she currently serves as president of the Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts. She is a faculty member and training analyst of the C.G. Jung Institute of the Pacific Northwest. A certified Sandplay therapist, artist, Vajrayana Buddhist, and former bodyworker, she enjoys exploring the relation between psyche, image, physical experience, mindfulness and spiritual meaning and trauma in analysis, supervision, seminars and workshops. She has taught in the US, Switzerland and Japan.

Speaker: Ann Belford Ulanov

Soul Lost and Found

In the West, attention to spiritual and mental life originally was subsumed under the Care of Souls, like one full river of religious and psychological currents blended indistinguishably. The soul was tended under care of spiritual mentors within or pushing the boundaries of traditional religions. In the early 20th century, the river forked into two and depth psychology emerged as a separate discipline unfolding since in the proliferating schools of psychoanalysis. We will explore psyche, soul, spirit and the subversive persistence of soul as part of healing. Contra all announced certainties that we have entered a post-religious, even post-spiritual, era, recent decades show instead that soul concerns have infiltrated politics, fundamentalisms of all kinds, and work with the psyche. The soul refuses to be refused. People come to clinicians with an eye to soul as well as psyche because they feel their soul living has been lost. They seek aliveness from a deep place within that radiates outward to shared existence with others and links to something more, however various descriptions of that may be. What became two rivers that seemingly forked into separate directions, now flow towards each other into one again. We will explore this co-existing of psyche and soul currents. We need both facing our unconscious and our soul that dwells in our body, our psyche-soma, and links to collective life and to the meaningful, mysterious aliveness at the heart of life.

Soul, Psyche, Projection

In the early 20th century both Freud and Jung noted that projections of our deep emotions of fear and desire, our wishes for nurturance and ambitions for power ceased to be directed to the heavens and the God of various religious traditions. That human striving and loving fell out of the heavens. Where did all that energy go?  Freud saw this as liberation from religious tradition and its restrictive thinking. What we need is “secular ministers of the soul” (Bettleheim 1982, 35). Jung referred to himself as “a psychiatrist (“doctor of soul”) (1963, 349). The issue was not to get rid of religion but for people to see the link between sacred images of religions and “equivalent images lying dormant in their own unconscious….to facilitate this inner vision we must first clear the way  for the faculty of seeing…making contact with the psyche.”(CW12 12). Both retained the idea of soul, and added the necessity of psyche. Projection is as basic to psyche as breathing is to the body. We will explore in lecture and discussion six meanings of projection, drawing on selected psychoanalytic theorists emphasizing Jung’s distinct contributions to understanding dissolution and integration of projection of personal material, and  how projections of archetypal material must find a collective location.

Ann Belford Ulanov, M.Div., Ph.D., L.H.D., is the Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, a psychoanalyst in private practice, a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association and the International Association for Analytical Psychology. With her late husband Barry Ulanov she co-authored six books, including The Envied and the Envying: Cinderella and Her Sisters. She has written numerous books, the latest of which is The Psychoid, Soul and Psyche: Piercing Space/Time Barriers (2017). Dr. Ulanov is the recipient of multiple awards in the field, including the Gradiva award for the best book in psychology and religion in 2002 for Finding Space: Winnicott, God and Psychic Reality and the Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatry Association for her work in depth psychology and religion. With an analytic practice in New York City, she lectures worldwide.

Featured Streaming Lecture

This spring and summer we’ll be sharing with you a monthly selection from OFJ’s 45+ year collection of our past programs. We hope you’ll find them timely and resonant.

Jerry Ruhl – Living in the Fire: The Wisdom of Uncertainty
December 8, 2017

Jerry Ruhl, Ph.D., reminds us that Jung most felt the presence of god in his life when things did not go his way, when his ego’s agenda was interrupted with uncertainty or change and the ensuing feelings of anxiety. Those were the moments he sat up and paid attention because he knew he was being called to something deeper. Ruhl walks us through the uncomfortable yet ultimately hopeful equation of “change = uncertainty = life.”

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Featured Streaming Lecture – May 2020

This spring and summer we’ll be sharing with you a monthly selection from OFJ’s 45+ year collection of our past programs. We hope you’ll find them timely and resonant.

Gary Sparks – Carl Jung’s Red Book: Healing the Chaos
lecture given February 15, 2019

Gary Sparks, M.Div., in his first appearance with OFJ, brought insight and clarity to the dense and sometimes baffling imagery of The Red Book, underscoring Jung’s later observation that “(t)he years of which I have spoken to you, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. . . .” Within the context of the Red Book, Sparks speaks of Jung’s discovery of humanity’s passion for catastrophe, and how, even if we fall apart, there is something within us that knows how to put us back together.

Note: Gary Sparks has kindly made available to listeners the visual materials he references during the lecture. You can find these materials online by clicking here. These include materials from the workshop, which go beyond the scope of what he talks about in the lecture. This material and references used by Gary Sparks are provided by the Oregon Friends of Jung for educational purposes at no cost in the spirit of community caring in this difficult time.

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