Jung’s Model of the Psyche

Sunday May 17th
– see Adam Mynott’s report below

In your own home courtesy of Zoom – see below.

An Introduction to Jung’s model of the Psyche and some aspects of Jungian Analysis and Psychotherapy

A talk by
Lindsey C. Harris  

See Lyndsey’s webpage http://jung-at-heart.org.uk/

Lindsey says:

I taught in secondary school and further education college, before becoming arts development officer in local government, until eventually doing post-grad training in analytical psychology with the Association of Jungian Analysts.  Alongside this work, I am an artist, painting and drawing, with occasional exhibitions and book illustrating. I have a special interest in the interactive field between the arts, depth psychology and the imagination. I have a private analytic practice in Farnham.

Adam Mynott’s report on Lindsey’s talk:

“Thinking is difficult…” as Carl Jung put it, and this was the apprehensive frame of mind in which I approached Sunday’s talk by Lindsey.  How wrong I was. In an illuminating 40 minute talk Lindsey, who is an analytical psychologist, made the thinking of the famous Swiss psychoanalyst the very model of clarity. 

Linsdey, who is a practising Jungian analyst, said that psychoanalysis as practised by Jung and others is an art, not a science, and a quest to understand human imagination and the relationship between our conscious and unconscious selves.

Lindsey said that Jung identified 5 ‘Instincts’ that drive us: Hunger, Relationships, Activity, Reflection and Creativity.  We all have our concept of ourselves – our Ego, and we all wear a Persona which we project to the outside world and which protects, and perhaps distorts, our Ego.  Behind our Persona lurks the Shadow, which is what the Ego struggles to accept about itself – our anxieties and repressed thoughts.  Personal problems persist when there is conflict between the conscious and unconscious in key psychological areas – which Jung called ‘complexes’:  mother complex, father complex, inferiority, money, scapegoat, martyr, guilt, victim…the list goes on (I seemed to have all of them !).

We all dream, whether we remember our dreams or not, and we can use the images in our dreams, Lindsey said, to help us reconcile our conscious and unconscious worlds and thereby achieve our goals and develop our lives.   

Lindsey embellished her Zoom presentation with a number of illustrations, opening with William Blake’s image of Newton and closing with his watercolour ‘Sun at its Eastern Gate’. It all made for a very informative evening and concluded with questions overseen by the evening’s Zoom administrator, Belinda Schwehr. These included the concept of Transference – the unconscious projection onto others of feelings we have about our parents and siblings and how the traumas of childhood affect our later life; how to choose between the Jungian or Freudian approach to therapy; and the whether antidepressant drugs are used in conjunction with analytical therapy

We all thanked Lindsey and switched off our laptops and tablets after 90 minutes of mind-improving chat.  

See below for Instructions for Joining Zoom.

NB, there may be variations depending on whether you are using Windows PC, Apple, or an iPhone. But the general principles apply, and people find it easy unless they are running very old software. For Windows you need version 7 or above.
When you click the link, your PC or phone may have to download the Zoom App, just give it permission to do so when asked. Next start Zoom App if necessary, and click on Open Zoom Meetings. Click on Join with Computer Audio if you are confident that your microphone and camera work.   

(If you are not confident then before joining click Test Speaker and Microphone –  it’s underneath the Join with Computer Audio option. This test plays you a little tune, and asks you to confirm you heard it; and asks you to speak and in a few seconds repeats your voice. If that works fine, you are  given the option to join with computer audio (now in smaller letters) If it doesn’t work you’ll have to figure out how to turn on your computer’s microphone and/or camera.)

You will see several little frames with our faces, and we will see yours – and all be able to hear each other. Whoever is speaking tends to be the larger frame.

You can toggle backwards and forwards between alternative views of the group on your screen (either many little frames, or the large frame plus several little frames) by clicking on the dots in the top right hand corner. Gallery means all attendees’ frames are featured, in no particular order, whereas choosing Speaker means that the current speaker is framed, plus several other little ones.

Once a formal meeting starts at 7:15 we would mute everyone except the chair and speaker, so you cannot be heard. When your turn comes to speak you’ll be unmuted.

A tray of controls comes up when you hover the cursor just above the bottom of the screen. You will see a box called Chat, with options to type questions, to everyone, or to named individuals.  

Clicking on the Reactions button means you can signify applause or a ‘thumbs up’ indication for the presenters and other attendees.

You will also see an icon called Participants, and if you click on that and find your own name in Attendees you will see a symbol for Putting Up Your Hand. We can see that, and if we’re allowing questions, we can unmute you to speak and be heard.