The Transformational Power of The Red Book

51 minutes



This lecture is part of the symposium Surviving Turbulent Times: Reflections on Mid-Life and Jung’s Red Book. Purchase the full symposium for 30% off the individual titles!

Topics: Active Imagination, CG Jung, Midlife, Religion & Spirituality.

The Transformational Power of The Red Book

The Red Book exerts a powerful, even transformational influence on all who encounter it.  George Hogenson will discuss the ways in which Jung uses a dense symbolic structure to create imaginal spaces within which the transformative process can take place.

Near the end of the draft for the second book, Liber Secundus, of the Red Book Jung remarks that “I must catch up with a piece of the Middle Ages—within myself.”  What is interesting about this comment is that it implies that something about the Middle Ages lies before Jung, not behind in the past.  In the same vein, Jung composes the Red Book as if it were a medieval illuminated manuscript, but claims that it presents teachings for the future.  To make sense of this double registration of the Red Book we must understand how Jung’s understanding of the archetype must always include the positing of a telos toward which the arche directs us.  The Red Book itself, I believe, is in its entirety an archetypal image, that shows us Jung’s path to connect the arche and the telos, and provides a model for our own explorations.

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George B. Hogenson, PhD, LCSW is a Jungian analyst, and past President of the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University, an M.A. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago, and the diploma in analytical psychology from the Chicago Institute. A member of the editorial board of The Journal of Analytical Psychology, he is the author of Jung’s Struggle with Freud and numerous articles and book chapters on Jung and analytical psychology. His research focuses on the emergence of psychological phenomena from complex dynamic systems.

© 2011 George Hogenson
℗ 2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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Hogenson, George

George B. Hogenson, PhD, LCSW is a diplomate Jungian analyst in private practice in Chicago, where he works primarily with adults dealing with life transitions, dream work, and trauma.  He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, is the vice-president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and is the author of Jung’s Struggle with Freud as well as numerous articles on archetypal theory, synchronicity and the nature of symbols.  His teaching in the Analyst Training Program of the Institute has concentrated on the works of Jung, and he offers supervision and small reading groups for clinicians interested in Jung’s psychological system. Prior to becoming an analyst, Dr. Hogenson was on the faculty of the Yale School of Management, and a consultant to many organizations on leadership and strategy.  He continues to work with individual executives and organizations on management issues using the principles of Jungian psychology. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (1998) M.A. IN CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK: University of Chicago. (1991) PH.D. IN PHILOSOPHY: Yale University. (1979) B.A. IN PHILOSOPHY: St. Olaf College. (1970) Professional Organizations International Association for Analytical Psychology American Philosophical Association American Association for the Advancement of Science International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations Age Groups Adults Treatment Types Individuals Specialty Areas Hypnotherapy Contact 312.957.1105 In-Person/Telehealth: In-Person & Telehealth Main Office: 53 W Jackson Blvd #921, Chicago, IL 60604



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