The Psychology of Fairy Tales

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Various Speakers. 10 hours 35 minutes. Audio.

Topics: Archetypes, Myth and Fairy Tale.

The Psychology of Fairy Tales

“Fairy tales are the purest and simplest expression of collective unconscious processes… They represent the archetypes in their simplest, barest, and most concise form … [and] afford us the best clues to the understanding of the processes going on in the collective psyche.”  — Marie-Louise von Franz

This program examines the psychological richness of the fairy tale. Each lecture in the series focuses on a single fairy tale and explores the tale’s insight into a particular psychological theme and inner logic.  This set includes the following stories and topics:

  1. “Go I Know Not Whither, Bring Back I Know Not What”: Moving Into Consciousnes (Listen free on the Jungianthology Podcast) – Lois Khan
  2. “The Spirit in the Bottle”: The Nature of Spirit and the Spirit of Nature – Barry Williams
  3. “The Old Woman in the Wood”: A Tale of a Woman’s Journey – Caroline Stevens
  4. “The Two Brothers”: A Question of Shadow – James Wyly
  5. “The Legend of the Bluebonnet”: The Ego-Self Relationship – Louise Bode
  6. “The White Snake”: On Individuating the Masculine – Murray Stein
  7. “The Sleeping Queen”: The Child as Savior – John Giannini

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Suggested readings:

  • Marie-Louise von Franz, Introduction to the Interpretation of Fairy Tales and Problems of the Feminine in Fairy Tales
  • T. DePaola, The Legend of the Blue Bonnet

© 1987 The Respective Speakers.

Ⓟ 1987 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.


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