The Eternal Image: Exploring Ancient Myths in Modern Movie Classics

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Topics: Active Imagination, CG Jung, Society and Culture.

The Eternal Image: Exploring Ancient Myths in Modern Movie Classics 

Archetypes are constant, eternal, but unknowable; archetypal images are constantly in the making.  Jung’s Red Book images still have the power to fascinate us because Jung found by engaging these images a direct access to the collective unconscious.  Through imagination and dialogue, or ‘active imagination,’ a healing technique, he experienced and then expressed with pen and paint, archetypal personifications from his tumultuous dreams and fantasies.  Active imagination is a process whereby we hold psychic space for ongoing inner dialogue through relationships with autonomous parts from the unconscious, providing what the psyche needs for our individuation.

Jung may be seen to have anticipated how gifted contemporary filmmakers mine the unconscious depths of psyche to create ‘moving images’ which fascinate, disturb, and emotionally catalyze audiences today.  Selected current films will connect us with the same archetypal energies ‘in modern dress’ that haunted Jung.  Participants will be asked to view three selected films, The King’s Speech (2010), The Lives of Others (2007), and the Last Station (2009), and will learn Jungian ways to engage with and experience cinema.

Suggested Reading

    • C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols


© 2011 Judith Cooper and Suzanne Rosenthal
℗ 2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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Cooper, Judith

Judith Cooper, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and diplomate Jungian Analyst in private practice in Chicago. A graduate and member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago, she teaches and supervises in the Institute's Analyst Training Program, the two-year certificate Jungian Psychotherapy and Studies Program, and has lectured widely on the anima/animus and the use of film in clinical treatment. Dr. Cooper served as a clinical supervisor and director of training at an APA-accredited psychology doctoral internship program at a community mental health center. She taught a year-long course in the Institute's Analyst Training Program on Eros in Analysis in 2016, and more recently a class on love and sexuality, Seeking Embodiment. She presented at the Art and Psyche Conference in Sicily, Italy in 2015 on Jung and Barthes, When Art Wounds. A book chapter, co-authored with Gus Cwik, Psy.D., “Numinous images of a New Ethic: A Jungian view of Kieslowski’s The Decalogue has been published in The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies, 2018. She taught a weekend workshop, in May, 2019, to the Chicago training group on the archetypal Trickster entitled The Subversive Outsider within: Trickster as an Agent Provocateur of the Paradoxical Self. She presented at the IAAP Congress in Vienna in August, 2019 on Hail, Aphrodite!: Re-sacralization of the Goddess of Love & Sex in David Ives’ Venus in Fur. Along with a colleague, Dan Ross, they have recorded and posted on the Chicago Institute’s website, seven podcasts in a series called Healing Cinema, analyzing classical and contemporary films from a Jungian viewpoint; films include Hitchcock’s Rear Window, The Lost Daughter, and most recently, the acclaimed film Tar. Age Groups Adults Types of Treatment Individuals Contact 773.720.3551 In-Person/Telehealth: In-Person & Telehealth Main Office: 3139 N Lincoln Ave UNIT 207, Chicago, IL, 60657

Rosenthal, Suzanne

Suzanne Rosenthal, PhD is a Jungian analyst and Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Winnetka, IL. She completed her training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago in 1996 after earning her doctorate (psychology) and master’s degrees (film studies) from Northwestern University. She is currently a faculty member of the Analyst Training Program and the Clinical Training Program and is a member of the ATP oversight committee. Sue includes in her years of clinical experience teaching and supervising at the graduate level at Loyola University, Northwestern, and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology Sue has served on the Executive Board of the Institute and on the Admissions, Candidacy and Program Committees. She chaired the committee that established the original Jungian clinic in Evanston. Highlights of her work include papers and workshops on themes of ‘longing for home’ and the clinical use of myths, fairy tales, and film. She is actively involved in the Institute’s collaboration with other downtown instructions in creating programs that present the archetypal approach to the expressive arts. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (1996) PH.D. IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY: Northwestern University. (1977) M.S. IN SPEECH/FILM: Northwestern University. (1971) B.A. IN ENGLISH LITERATURE/JOURNALISM: University of Michigan. (1958)

Age Groups Adults

Treatment Types Individuals

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