The Red Book and Our Unlived Life

Speaker: Ulanov, Ann Belford
Product Code: Ulanov-FD2011-1-3GP
Availability: Available

Ann Ulanov, PhD. 1 hour 30 minutes. Video & Audio Download.

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

The Red Book and Our Unlived Life

To live our life fully, including what we have not lived means facing the dead. The dead are what we should have lived and have not, and irreparable losses we have suffered. To live these, because "my life wants itself whole" (339), also means to approach the border between personal and impersonal psyche, to create personal meaning in the impersonal events that happen to us, and to yield personal strivings to the "Well-Being between us and others and in society" (234). Madness and creativity mingle.

Jung worked on The Red Book during his turbulent midlife years and discovered much life he had not lived. In our midlife years we too discover we have not lived life to the full. We may have knowledge of the head, but we know we do not have enough knowledge of the heart.

Early in The Red Book Jung tells us, “You live your life fully if you also live what you have not yet lived." This is “"knowledge of the heart you can attain...only by living your life to the full.” Surviving turbulent times will require us to explore what living fully includes in this life and in the beyond. What difference does it make? Surprising implications may emerge as we discover the role our problems play in finding our path, in living on the border of impersonal and personal psychic life, in living in relation to the gap chaos introduces that can spur creativity as well as madness. 

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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


Ann Ulanov, PhD, LHD Jungian analyst in private practice NYC, is Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary; member, Jungian Psychoanalytical Association; author of numerous books and articles, including The Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness and Deadness in the Self; Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Work, and “The third in the Shadow of the Fourth” Journal of Analytical Psychology.

© 2011 Ann Ulanov
℗ 2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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