Tuesday, December 04, 2012


The C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis has a number of fine presentations on topics in Jungian Psychology available for purchase either for streaming from the internet or in dvd format at www.cgjungstl.org.

To see trailers of the presentations, click the link(s) below:

Ken James: http://youtu.be/xpZc4f-uE64
Rose Holt:  http://youtu.be/pJX-5YBRFEY
Leah Friedman:  http://youtu.be/5ci6bUP6Uf0
Jonathan Young:  http://youtu.be/6X9lvuYzHWY
Lionel Corbett1: http://youtu.be/A7PeigBU97M
Lionel Corbett2: http://youtu.be/d_a3MJcKNcg
Richard Bosnak: http://youtu.be/ahpDkg4kgm8
Laurence Hillman: http://youtu.be/pfI4uVDlzh8
Portals conference trailer: http://youtu.be/wazsTE16zXc

For additional information or to purchase, go to www.cgjungstl.org

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Chicago Jung Institue is offering a program on December 7 that might be of interest to many since it deals with a very sensitive area in psychotherapy.  Here are the details:

John Ryan Haule, Ph.D.
Friday, December 7th, 2012 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
It has become "politically correct" to view every manifestation of erotic feelings in therapy as "forbidden" and "inappropriate." In my experience, whenever therapy "works" it has a powerful erotic component. Instead of running away from erotic feelings in therapy, we have to learn to understand them. In their oneness, therapist and patient become powerfully meaningful for one another. By means of their distance, the therapist is able to articulate and value the deep identity of the patient. It is this recognition and "mirroring" which affects the cure.

Loyola University Water Tower Campus Terry Student Center, 26 E. Pearson Room 303/304

$70 3 CE credits $35 for students
For all registrations visit www.jungchicago.org

Learning Objectives:
To appreciate the problems and opportunities Eros brings to the therapeutic encounter.
To appreciate the archetypaland not merely personalnature of this dynamic.
To appreciate the transformation whereby anima and animus are converted from “mask” to “lens.” To grasp the nature of differentiating our archetypal response to another.

Suggested Reading:
J. R. Haule, The Love Cure J. R. Haule, Divine Madness
John Ryan Haule has a Ph.D. in religious studies (Temple, 1973) and a diploma from the Jung Institute-Zurich (1980). He is the author of numerous articles and eight book, including Divine Madness (1990, on romantic love), The Love Cure (1996, on eros in therapy), and two volumes on Tantra (2012). For an extensive overview of his interests and writings, check out his website at www.jrhaule.net.

This course has been designed to provide continuing education credits at the intermediate level for psychologists and mental health professionals with graduate degrees.

The C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to provide continuing education (CE) credit for social workers, professional counselors and marriage and family therapists. The Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
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53 W. Jackson, Suite 438, Chicago, IL 60604 Ph: 312.701.0400 Fax: 312.701.0403 

Here is a short video of Boris Matthews, Ph.D., discussing this program:

Sunday, September 09, 2012


The C .G. Jung Society of St. Louis has quite a fine collection of audio and video recordings of its excellent programs.  For detailed information or to order, visit www.cgjungstl.org

The Society is also sponsoring a writing contest on the topic of "Healing through the Numinous."  For information or to enter, visit www.cgjungstl.org.  Winners of the 2010 contest have been published in a book that is available for sale on the website.

Healing through the Numinous is the theme for the third major Jung in the Heartland Conference to be held in September, 2013, in Belleville, IL, near St. Louis, MO.  Presenters at the conference will include Jean Shinoda Bolen, Laurence Hillman, and Monika Wikman.  Detailed information is available on the website.  The Society expects the conference to be sold out, so I urge those interested to make their reservations early.

Monday, April 23, 2012


On Friday, April 20, 2012, Jonathan Young presented a lecture, "The Inner Life of Fairy Tales," in St. Louis.  He mesmerized a large audience with his telling of "The Ugly Duckling," complete with archetypal amplifications, psychological explanations, and deep understanding of the eternal struggles of the individual--all from the point of view of the duckling.

Dr. Young long assisted Joseph Campbell and went on to set up the Campbell archives at Pacifica University, and chaired the Mythological Studies Department there.  I have seen many, many hours of Campbell presentations and interviews on video.  Dr. Young is a worthy student and in many ways has surpassed his master.  For more information, visit www.folkstory.com.

The C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis will soon have the video of Dr. Young's lecture available on DVD or streaming from the internet.  The lecture is extremely informative and entertaining.  Details available at www.cgjungstl.org  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis is sponsoring its second writing contest.  The contest theme is "Healing through the Numinous." First prize is $1000; second prize $500; third prize $250.  Winners will be invited to read their entries at the 2013 Jung in the Heartland Conference which will build on the same theme.  For more information visit www.cgjungstl.org   Winning entries from the 2010 writing contest were published in a book which is available now from the Society and will be soon from amazon.com

Friday, March 23, 2012


Elizabeth:  Learning to Dress Myself from the Inside Out by Mary Elizabeth Moloney has just been published.  When my copy arrived from Amazon.com, I could not put it down.  The book is autobiographical, recounting the life of a woman who has struggled to deal with a powerful mother-complex.  Ms. Moloney wrote the book over the last ten years while deeply engaged in a long-term Jungian analysis (not with me).  It is one of the most honest and compelling stories I have ever read.  The author captures the inner struggle of someone caught in the terrible bind of needing her mother's love but never being able to attain it.  Her life became a recapitulation of that tragedy, a long series of seeking to please others while ignoring her own needs.

Ms. Moloney uses the metaphor of clothing as a structure in the narrative.  As a symbol for the persona, her adaptation to the outer world, the metaphor captures her journey from being dressed by mother, by requirements of the various private schools she attended, by the Catholic order of nuns she joined, by the requirements of a trousseau when she married, and eventually by the requirements of her own personhood.

There are many case histories in Jungian Psychology written by analysts.  I have long wanted to read one written by an analysand.  Elizabeth is, in addition to being autobiographical, a deeply moving account of the process of analysis.

Monday, March 05, 2012


In his TWO ESSAYS ON ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, Paragraph 85, Jung talks about
personality typology.  He makes an interesting claim:  "Sensitiveness
is a sure sign of the presence of inferiority."  He is not speaking
here of emotional sensitivity or sensitivity to oneself, which can be
helpful qualities.  I believe he means the kind of reactive
maladaptation we can exhibit when we meet something that requires a
response from our least developed function (e.g., for the intuitive,
sensation; for the thinker, feeling).

Clearly, the more our four functions of adaptation to the external
world (thinking, feeling, intuition, sensation) are developed, the
more able we are to cope without becoming unduly exercised.  It
follows, then, that in those situations where we find ourselves overly
sensitive or taken over by some unconscious force that "attacks, it
fascinates and so spins us about that we are no longer masters of
ourselves and can no longer rightly distinguish between ourselves and
others," in those situations, we have the most to learn about
ourselves.  In other words, negative, unpleasant experiences can
provide profound learning experiences for us.

Reminds me of the conversation between a master and disciple:

Disciple:  How do I become wise like you?
Master:  Exercise good judgement?
Disciple:  That is no help.  How do I develop good judgement?
Master:  Good experience.
Disciple:  That is no help.  How do I have good experience?
Master:  Bad judgement.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


In March, 2012, the C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis will begin a six-week course, an online Jung Readings Study Group which I will host.  Participants will read and discuss Jung's Volume VII, Two Essays, in which he summaries well his approach to psychology and to psychotherapy.  Our study group will be in a seminar format with opportunity for discussion both in live online meetings and in an ongoing discussion group.  For additional information or to register, please visit the Society's website, www.cgjungstl.org or e-mail me, Rose F. Holt at roseholt@gmail.com.

Thursday, January 05, 2012


For detailed information, please visit the C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis website at www.cgjungstl.org

The St. Louis Jung Society is making available material from the November, 2011, JUNG IN THE HEARTLAND Conference.  Presentations by Laurence Hillman, Robert Bosnak, and Lionel Corbett will be available for DVD purchase or for streaming from the internet soon.

I attended all the conference presentations and have reviewed the soon-to-be-released videos.  I can tell you they are excellent.  They capture some of the latest and finest work of Jungian Analysts who are furthering the work of C.G Jung.  Of particular interest is Bosnak's approach to working with dreams to investigate ways psychic states affect physical states, with healing of the body as the goal of the work.  Bluff City Productions did a fine job in capturing and editing the presentation material so that viewing and reviewing the videos is deeply edifying.

The Society website also details the upcoming programs and study groups it is offering.  I will be teaching two "Jung Readings" Study Groups, one that will meet in my office and a second one online (requiring a computer, webcam, fast internet connection, and phoning in to a common number) for people who live some distance away or prefer to participate from their own homes.  Both groups will read and discuss Jung's work, TWO ESSAYS, Volume 7 of his COLLECTED WORKS.  The book is readily available in hardback or paperback from amazon.com.  These two study groups are designed for people who wish to study Jung's ideas and theories for their own personal growth as well as for clinicians who seek to incorporate Jung's ideas and theories into their practice of psychotherapy.  The study group format will be a seminar in which participants will engage in unpacking and discussing Jung's TWO ESSAYS.

Online learning can be daunting.  If you have an interest and would like to know more about either the study group or the technical aspects of attending online, please contact me by e-mail (roseholt@aol.com) or by phone (314 726-2032).  I have taught a number of classes online.  Participants find it a good alternative when physical presence in a class in difficult or impossible.