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September 14-15, 1990: John Giannini

Lecture and Workshop:   “Freud…interpereted the introverted type as an individual morbidly concerned with himself. But introspection and self-knowledge can just as well be of the greatest value and importance.”

“…emotional value (i.e. feeling) must be kept in mind and allowed for throught the whole intellectual process of dream interperetation”


Jung, Man and His Symbols


Using the typological system developed by C.G. Jung, we will examine the dilemma of the INFP (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceptive) type living in a predominately ESTJ (Extroverted, Sensation, Thinking, Judgemental) masculine ethos. Typically, INFP persons experience similar problems and challenges in dreams and in life. Often misunderstood and mistreated, they may feel like strangers in a strange land. However, we must recognize that as we enter an Einsteinian-Aquarian age, this more “feminine,” childlike, communal, and interior orientation is actively needed.

The lecture will present a general perspective on Jung’s typology and how it fits into his overall psychology. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of understanding types as a dynamic energy system, and not as a way of classifying people.

The workshop will explore the Psyche-Eros mytha as it relates to INFP development and individual dreams and experiences of the participants. The workshop will be of value to INFP personalities as well as to other types who seek individuation in the second half of life. Its centerpiece, introverted feeling, is necessary, as Jung shows, to connect with the self and others.


Reading: Eric Neumann Armor and Psyche; Robert Johnson, She; Jung “Two Stages of Life”; and Hirsh and Kummerow, Life Types


John Giannini, M. Div, M.A., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Chicago, and a consultant to SAFER Foundation, a program for ex-offenders, where he developed and led an intensive counseling program. He also holds an M.B.A. in Industrial Relations from Stanford, an M.A. in Religion and Psychology from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School, and an M. Div. in Philosophy and Theology from the Dominion Order’s St. Alber’s College in Oakland. He is currently working on two books; Jung and Creative Spirituality, and The Inner Child’s Journey in Myths and Dreams.

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