The Shadow: Constriction, Transformation and Individuation

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  •  May 29, 2015
     7:00 pm CDT - 9:00 pm CDT


CEUs: 2

Instructor: Mary Dougherty

Jung’s concept of the shadow has been described in two ways: as the entirety of the unconscious, that is everything we fail to recognize about ourselves and as the specific personification of what a person “has no wish to be” – “the sum of all those unpleasant qualities” a person likes to hide. Because these unwanted aspects of the personality have been repressed, the shadow often manifests itself in compulsivity.

In this presentation, we will explore the manifestation of compulsivity as shadow within each of the four main characters in the Jane Campion’s film The Piano. In turn, we will consider how the particular shadow qualities embedded in each of the characters contributed to the relational dynamics between them, and further, how these relational dynamics eventually force each character to confront the unconscious and to make choices that either moved their psychological development beyond their ego adaptations or make choices that encapsulate them further within their defensive structures.

*It is recommended that participants view The Piano a film by Jane Campion, prior to attending.

About the Instructor
Mary Dougherty, MFA, ATR, NCPsyA, is a Jungian psychoanalyst and art psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago. She is President of the Jung Institute of Chicago and former Director of Training of the Institute, former President of Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts, and served for eight years on the Executive Committee of the Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysts, and has numerous publications in Analytical Psychology. She lectures on the clinical implications of gender, the use of active imagination, and on the impact of Jung’s thought upon creative development and artistic production.


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