Dreams, the I Ching, and the Psychoanalytic Process

48 minutes



Part of the conference West Meets East in Jung’s Psychology: A Dialogue. Purchase the full symposium for 30% off the individual titles!

Topics: Dreams, the I Ching, Religion and Spirituality, Society and Culture.

Dreams, the I Ching, and the Psychoanalytic Process

Jung valued the I Ching as a method of exploring the unconscious involving the principle of synchronicity [as opposed to causality].  Jung’s “researches into the psychology of the unconscious processes long ago compelled [him] to look around for another principle of explanation, since the causality principle seemed . . . insufficient to explain certain remarkable manifestations of the unconscious.”   Dennis Merritt has made use of the I Ching with his analysands for nearly forty years.  He will present a case study of a man who had a series of dreams in which hexagrams that appeared in his dreams informed the structure of the analytic work.

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Learning Objectives
This video will help you describe how the I Ching can be used in the psychoanalytic process.

Dennis Merritt, PhD, LCSW has an MA in Humanistic Psychology, a PhD in Insect Pathology from UC-Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Zurich Jung Institute.  He practices as a Jungian analyst, sandplay therapist, and ecopsychologist in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. He authored four volumes of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe – Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology. (Website: EcoJung.com, Blog: JungianEcopsychology.com).

© 2014 Dennis Merritt
℗ 2014 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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Merritt, Dennis

Dennis Merritt, PhD, LCSW has an MA in Humanistic Psychology, a PhD in Insect Pathology from UC-Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Zurich Jung Institute. He practices as a Jungian analyst and ecopsychologist in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Merritt grew up on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin where he developed a deep connection with the land, hence the title of his four-volume Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe: Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology. He is particularly interested in the ecopsychological dimensions of Jungian theory and practice, working with an ecology of the psyche beginning at the intra-psychic level and extending to others and the environment. He lectures and conducts workshops on Jung and the environment, including demonstrating how dreams and the I Ching can be used to connect more deeply to the natural world. As an ecologist he finds the application of complexity theory to the main Jungian concepts to be the most meaningful way to talk about archetypes and conceptualizing the analytic process. Dr. Merritt’s forte is dream work, often incorporating the I Ching into the analytic process. His particular interests include men’s issues, spirituality, the environment, and an archetypal analysis of films and cultural phenomena. His blog has articles on  Hunger Games from a Jungian, Political, and Environmental Perspective”, “Guns and the American Psyche” (July, 2013), and writings on Star Wars, climate change, dreams and the I Ching, sacred landscapes, synchronicity, George Floyd (June 2022), and Covid-19 (June, 2022). Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland. (1983) M.A. IN HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY: University of California, Sonoma. (1976) PH.D. IN INSECT PATHOLOGY: University of California, Berkeley. (1976) MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN ENTOMOLOGY: University of Wisconsin. (1967) BACHELORS OF SCIENCE IN ENTOMOLOGY: University of Wisconsin. (1966) Professional Organizations Association of Graduates of Analytical Psychology International Association for Analytical Psychology C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education Age Groups Adults Treatment Types Individuals Writing "Guns and the American Psyche" Contact [email protected] 414.828.8847 ecojung.com Main Office 6110 N Port Washington Rd, Glendale, WI 53217 414.332.7400 Ext. 482



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