A Skeleton Key to Your Experience from a Jungian Perspective

Speaker: Matthews, Boris
Product Code: Matthews-Skeleton-Key
Availability: Available

Boris Matthews, PhD, LCSW, NCPsyA. 2 hours 36 minutes. Video MP4 Download.

Topics: Affect, Anima/Animus, Archetypes, Complexes, Ego, Individuation, Projection, Shadow, Self

A Skeleton Key to Your Experience from a Jungian Perspective 

Experience provides the raw data for our understanding. In this webinar, we will start with familiar personal experiences. We will explore these experiences – hang-ups, screw-ups, relationship entanglements, dreams, fantasies, aspirations – through the Jungian lens. Then we will connect these experiences to the Jungian concepts: Ego, Shadow, Anima/Animus, Individuation, Self, as well as adaptation, projection, complex, and archetype. Each term will be illustrated with experiences. Participants will have time to explore their lives to ground each concept individually. By the end of the program, participants will be able to use these Jungian terms in a more embodied, personal way.

PowerPoint: the slides are included in the video.

Audio: an audio MP3 is included in the download.

Sample: https://youtu.be/jfITD083iTA

Suggested Reading  (Topics covered in this webinar are drawn from these readings)

  1)  J. W. Perry (1970). "Emotion and Object Relations." Journal of Analytical Psychology, 1970, 15(1):1-12.
  2)  E.C. Whitmont (1969). The Symbolic Quest.
  3)  E. Humbert, “Three Verbs” (PDF included in download)
  4)  C. G. Jung, “ The Transcendent Function” (original version)
  5)  C. G. Jung, “The Commentary on the Secret of the Golden Flower”
  6)  C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Chapter 6.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:
  1)  Accurately describe personal experiences in terms of the familiar Jungian concepts;
  2)  Recognize projections and utilize them in the service of individuation;
  3)  Explain how fantasies and dreams contribute to a more comprehensive consciousness. 


Boris Matthews earned a PhD in German, a masters degree in Social Work, and in 1984 the Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C G Jung Institute of Chicago, where he has been Director of the Analyst Training Program for the past four years. In addition to work at the Institute, he has translated several texts from German to English, most recently Dora Kalff's' Sandplay: A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche (Analytical Psychology Press). Boris practices analytical (Jungian) psychology in Madison, WI.