Transgression and Transformation: Is Analysis a “Dangerous Method”?

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The C.G. Jung Foundation Summer Study Program 2022

Transgression and Transformation:  Is Analysis a "Dangerous Method"?

A daylong online Zoom seminar.

Thursday, July 14, 2022, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Instructor:  Sanford Drob, PhD


We will examine the place of "transgression" in the work of Freud and Jung.  We will discuss, through an examination of Freud's and Jung's life and writings (particularly those in the Red Book), how the therapeutic and individuation process is transgressive in its very nature.  Individuation will be understood as a creative enterprise, one in which the individual and therapist must both keep an "ethical frame" and yet transgress what had hitherto been acceptable (to the ego, society, etc.), go beyond what is known and routine, and enter new psychic territory.  Further, we will consider the hypothesis that the very enterprise of psychology must itself be transgressive if it is not to become rigidified and irrelevant.  For this reason, there can be no formula, theory or technique that one can learn that will by itself promote the transformation and actualization of the self or others.  This is both the great promise and the clear danger of the path embarked upon by Freud and Jung.

This online seminar offers 4 CE contact hours for Licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists.

Tuition:  $100 for this seminar.“Dangerous-Method”?

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