Passion, Obsession, Depression: The Dark Mother

2 hours 23 minutes



Topics: Archetypes, Attachment Theory, Family and Intimate Relationships, Life Cycle, Mind and Body.

Passion, Obsession, Depression: Exploring Dynamic Images of the Dark Mother

“The primordial image expresses the unique and unconditioned creative power of the psyche.” – C.G.Jung, CW Volume 6, para.748

As a culture we are fascinated with images of mother that are both terrifying and exceptionally compelling.  Using both an archetypal and developmental lens we will explore the nature of three aspects of the sinister mother: the vampire mother, the dead mother, and the Medea mother.  Art, myth, theater, as well as theories on infant, child and adult development will be our guides.  We will grapple with internal maternal energies (complexes) and also with dark mothers in our everyday lives.

Audio Included: All video purchases will also include a free audio MP3 of each seminar.


Learning Objectives

This video will help you:

    1)    Establish a connection between maternal depression, aggression and narcissism and adult psychopathological behaviors.
2)    Amplify through both an Intersubjective and Jungian lens, the manifestations of the Dark Mother Complex.
3)    Explain the archetypal underpinnings of the Dark Mother.
4)    Identify the clinical manifestations of the Dark Mother through art, myth and case material.

© 2014 Patricia Vesey-McGrew
℗ 2014 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

Additional information

Audio Format

1 MP3 File: 50MB

Video Format

1 3GP File: 580MB


Vesey-McGrew, Patricia

Patricia Vesey-McGrew, MA, NCPsyA is a diplomate Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice in Cambridge and Rockport, MA.  She is a supervising and training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston, where she is a past president and a faculty member. Additionally, she is Deputy Editor (US) for The Journal of Analytical Psychology, a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology, a member of the Council on Accreditation of ABAP, and a past member of the NAAP Board of Directors. She has presented papers and workshops internationally on such topics as The Dead Mother and The Power of Dreams. Her most recent publication is “Getting on Top of Thought and Behavior Patterns” in Jungian Psychoanalysis, Volume Three.



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