Jung’s “Book of the dead”: On death and dying in the black books

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West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy

05 November 2022

Time: 10:15 - 15:30

Price: £60.00 - WMIP / SAP Members and £70.00 Non-WMIP / Non-SAP Members. A discount of 50% is offered to trainee psychotherapists and other full-time trainees (proof of student/trainee membership is required).

Location: online


Jung’s “Book of the dead”; On death and dying in the black books
Sonu Shamdasani
The Black Books presents not only Jung’s confrontation with ‘the unconscious’, but also his encounter with the Dead. This talk follows Jung’s I Down into The Underworld and Hell and shows how this resulted in a new understanding of our relation to the Dead, which reconfigured Jung’s conception of human development.

Professor Sonu Shamdasani is the Vice-Dean (Health), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Co-Director of the Health Humanities Centre, UCL. He is the General Editor of the Philemon Foundation. He is the author and editor of a dozen volumes, which have been translated into many languages.

A cosmological development in time: The individuation process in the light of Jung’s black books
George Bright
Jung developed an original use for the term “individuation” in the period covered by his Black Book entries, 1913 – 1932. The term has since been used very widely both in the field of psychotherapy and more generally and has suffered from “linguistic drift” in which its meaning has broadened and diversified considerably to the point of near-meaninglessness. Jung’s Black Books record the experiences out of which he fashioned his concept of individuation. In this presentation I will try to re-establish what Jung meant by individuation and how this might inform the contemporary practice of psychotherapy.

George Bright is an analytical psychologist, a training and supervising analyst of The Society of Analytical Psychology. He works in private practice in West London and is one of the founder members of The Circle of Analytical Psychology, a group based in London to provide a two-year study course of Jung’s The Red Book: Liber Novus and a subsequent course to study Jung’s Black Books.

Timetable for the Day:

Please note that all times quoted are UTC/GMT

Online arrival from 10am. Please note the lecture will start promptly at 10:15am.

10.15am – 11.15am Jung’s “Book of the Dead”: On Death and Dying in the Black Books
11.15am – 11.45am Coffee Break
11.45am – 12.45pm A Cosmological Development in Time: The Individuation Process in the Light of Jung’s Black Books
12.45pm – 1.45pm Lunch Break
1.45pm – 2.30pm Discussion Groups
2.30pm – 3.15pm Plenary Session
3.15pm – 3.30pm Farewell and Thanks

To book, email aptc@wmip.org



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