Topics: Dreams, Self-Psychology.
Dream Imagery Constellated by the Analytic Process
This recording by Donald Kalsched discusses the use of dream imagery as a bridge between the illusory world and reality. The illusory world is formed out of the trauma experience in childhood that is substituted for reality when that reality is too much for the child to bear. These, Kalsched proposes, are archetypal defenses the psyche provides to protect the most sacred and vulnerable aspects of the self. In this presentation he uses, myth, fairy tale and case material to explain how, in the analytic work, there is a necessary movement from an exterior existence, that becomes the place-holder for illusory experience, to an interiority that is necessary for what Jung calls a symbolic life.
1) Participants will be able to verbalize how, as a result of trauma, an illusory world is formed to protect us from the harshness of reality while at the same time forming a tension between the two, often causing a crisis that leads one into analytic work.
2) Participants will be able to delineate the five stages of movement from exteriority to interiority.
Donald Kalsched, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a senior training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts where he teaches and supervises. His 1996 book The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defences of the Personal Spirit has found a wide readership in both psychoanalytic and Jungian circles and has been translated into many languages. Dr. Kalsched teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, pursuing his inter-disciplinary interest in early trauma and dissociation theory and its mytho-poetic manifestations in the mythic and religious iconography of many cultures.