Approaching the Unconscious: The Matrices of Jung's Analytical Psychology (Audio Only)

Speaker: James, Ken
Product Code: James-Approaching-Unconscious-MP3
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Ken James, PhD.  2 hours 49 minutes.  Audio Download.

Topics: Jung's Life, The Red Book. 

Approaching the Unconscious: The Matrices of Jung's Analytical Psychology (Audio Only)

This class explores Analytical Psychology from the perspective of three formative elements that contributed to the development of Jung’s theories.  These elements are Jung’s personal life, the historical era in which Jung lived and worked, and the unconscious, non-historical in itself but formative of both personal and collective mythologies referred to as “biography” and “history”.  Viewers will learn the major milestones in the development of Jungian psychology, how Jung’s articulation of these theoretical aspects relate to his historical milieu, and the influence of the unconscious on both of these sets of phenomena.  Particular attention is paid to the role of the symbol as a means of understanding one’s relationship to life, time, and the unconscious.

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This lecture is part of the Beyond the Red Book series, which includes the following lectures:

  1. Approaching the Unconscious: The Matrices of Jung’s Analytical Psychology - Ken James, PhD
  2. Anima & Animus: Exploring the Internal and External Other -
  3. The Eternal Image: Exploring Ancient Myths in Modern Movie Classics - Judith Cooper, PsyD & Suzanne Rosenthal, PhD
  4. Persona and Shadow in Political Life - Catharine Jones, DMin, LCSW & Rinda West, PhD
  5. The Self and Contemporary Spiritual Thought: Ego in Relationship to the Other - George Didier, PsyD & William Schmidt, PhD

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Learning Objectives
This lecture is intended to help you:

  1. Delineate the contributions to Analytical Psychology that may be attributed to specific critical events and circumstances in Jung’s life.
  2. Explain the relationship of Analytical Psychology to contemporary historical events, including the growth of other psychological theories.
  3. Appreciate the formative impact of the unconscious on the development of Analytical Psychology.
  4. Describe ways in which exploring the field of Analytical Psychology provides a means for self-exploration and healing.

Kenneth James, PhD
is director of Student Services at the Laboratory School, University of Chicago. His areas of expertise include dream work and psychoanalysis, archetypal dimensions of analytic practice, divination and synchronicity, hypnosis as a therapeutic medium, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. He has done post-doctoral work in music therapy and theology, and uses these disciplines to inform his work as a Jungian analyst. For more information visit

© 2011 Ken James
℗ 2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago
Audio Format 1 MP3. File Size: 58MB