The Transformational Power of The Red Book

Speaker: Hogenson, George
Product Code: Hogenson-FD2011-4-3GP
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George B. Hogenson, PhD, LCSW. 51 minutes. Video & Audio Download.

Topics: Active Imagination, CG Jung, Midlife, Religion & Spirituality.

The Transformational Power of The Red Book

The Red Book exerts a powerful, even transformational influence on all who encounter it.  George Hogenson will discuss the ways in which Jung uses a dense symbolic structure to create imaginal spaces within which the transformative process can take place.

Near the end of the draft for the second book, Liber Secundus, of the Red Book Jung remarks that “I must catch up with a piece of the Middle Ages—within myself.”  What is interesting about this comment is that it implies that something about the Middle Ages lies before Jung, not behind in the past.  In the same vein, Jung composes the Red Book as if it were a medieval illuminated manuscript, but claims that it presents teachings for the future.  To make sense of this double registration of the Red Book we must understand how Jung’s understanding of the archetype must always include the positing of a telos toward which the arche directs us.  The Red Book itself, I believe, is in its entirety an archetypal image, that shows us Jung’s path to connect the arche and the telos, and provides a model for our own explorations. 

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The symposium Surviving Turbulent Times: Reflections on Mid-Life and Jung’s Red Book includes the following lectures:

  1. The Red Book and Our Unlived Life - Ann Ulanov, PhD
  2. The Red Book: A Perplexing Guide; How do We Make Sense Of It - Rose Holt, MA
  3. Embracing Limit: Finding the Psycho-Spiritual Center of Mid-life - William Schmidt, PhD
  4. The Transformational Power of The Red Book - George Hogenson, PhD
  5. Panel Discussion moderated by Mary Dougherty, MFA, ATR, NCPsyA


George B. Hogenson, PhD, LCSW is a Jungian analyst, and past President of the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University, an M.A. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago, and the diploma in analytical psychology from the Chicago Institute. A member of the editorial board of The Journal of Analytical Psychology, he is the author of Jung’s Struggle with Freud and numerous articles and book chapters on Jung and analytical psychology. His research focuses on the emergence of psychological phenomena from complex dynamic systems.

© 2011 George Hogenson
℗ 2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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