The Psychology of Fairy Tales

10 hours 35 minutes



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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Audio Format

7 MP3s in 1 ZIP File: 218MB


Bode, Louise

Giannini, John

John Giannini, MDiv, LCPC, NCPsyA was a Jungian analyst in private practice in Chicago and Evanston. He held an M.Div. in Religion and Psychology from St. Alberts College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School, an MBA from Stanford University, and LCPC certification with the State of Illinois. John published articles and lectured widely throughout the U.S. and Canada on the wounded child within and narcissistic/addictive behavior. He is the author of Compass of the Soul, an updated understanding of typology.

Khan, Lois

Lois Khan, PhD was a practicing psychoanalyst in the Chicago area and Tennessee for almost 50 years. She also taught at the University of Chicago, in addition to lecturing as a psychologist throughout the world.  

Stein, Murray

Murray Stein, PhD is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute/Zurich and is a training analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich (ISAPZ). He is a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society for Jungian Analysts (USA) and the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts and was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology from 2001 to 2004. He has written several books, including Jung's Treatment of ChristianityIn MidLifeTransformation – Emergence of the SelfJung's Map of the Soul and The Principle of Individuation. He is the editor of Jungian Analysis and the Chiron Clinical Series. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich. (1973) PH.D. IN RELIGION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES: University of Chicago. (1984) M.DIV. IN THEOLOGY: Yale Divinity School. (1969) B.A. IN ENGLISH LITERATURE: Yale College. (1965) Professional Organizations C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago International Association for Analytical Psychology Age Groups Adults Treatment Types Individuals Contact 41. 44 212 99 31 Main Office

Stevens, Caroline

Caroline Stevens, PhD, NCPsyA is a Jungian Analyst and psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago, IL. She has contributed chapters to The Chiron Clinical Series, Psyche’s Stories, vol. 2, Mirrors of the Self, and Same-Sex Love and the Path to Wholeness.

Williams, Barry

Wyly, James

James Wyly, PsyD was a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist. He also held a doctorate in music. He is author of The Phallic Quest: Priapus and Masculine Inflation. In Memoriam: James Wyly



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