C G Jung Society of Melbourne Inc

Join us in the quest for wholeness through Jungian archetypes of duality and integration

A forum established in 1962 for discussion, exploration and continued development and application of the concepts espoused by the Swiss psychoanalyst - Carl Gustav Jung

25th April 2014

7.00pm             Annual General Meeting

8.00 pm           Guest Lecture

Mythology and Early Trauma

A traumatic complex brings about dissociation of the psyche.
— Jung 1928a CW 16 par 266-7
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...certain complexes arise on account of painful or distressing experiences of an emotional nature that leave lasting psychic wounds ... these experiences occur when something o devastating happens to the individual, that his whole previous attitude to life breaks down.
— Jung 1928b CW 8 par 594
β€œthe essential factor in healing a traumatic experience is {not merely) the release of the emotional charge by abreaction as Freud suggested, (but rather) the dissociation of the psyche and consequently the main therapeutic problem is not (the) abreaction, but (rather) how to integrate the dissociation.”
— Par 266 p 139 CW 16

This lecture will look at how mythology can be used to think about the psyche of children who have suffered early trauma and how psychotherapy can help survivors of early attachment trauma move towards healing.  The Oedipus and Prometheus Myths will be discussed together with some clinical material to understand how complex defenses can be ameliorated, primitive anxieties diminished, and trust and hope recovered as healing of early trauma takes place.

Dr Sue Oliver

Dr Sue Oliver

Dr Sue Oliver is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. She trained with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts (ANZSJA) and the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (VAPP). She is also a founding member of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysts and Psychoanalytic psychotherapists (IARPP) and served on the IARPP Inclusivity Committee between 2005 and 2007. She is also a founding member of the Psychoanalytic Studies Association of Australasia. She has a clinical practice in analytic individual and couples therapy in Melbourne Australia. 


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