Friday, October 14, 6:30-8pm
Dreams as Art Productions of the Psyche: A Jungian Perspective
Anne Flynn, LP
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist who was at the forefront of the psychoanalytic movement, is often thought of as the father of art therapy. He used art making as a way to access the innermost recesses of the psyche and famously said “Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain.” He also used dreams to access the same unconscious material. What do art making and dreaming have in common? What do they share and how might they differ? Both are composed of images – primary productions of the psyche that, if attended to, promote the movement of unconscious material into conscious awareness, where it can then be examined, processed and integrated, resulting in a fuller, more balanced personality. In this lecture, we will learn how a Jungian analytical psychologist works with dreams to assist patients in gaining insight into the workings of the unconscious. We will draw a line between looking at dreams and looking at artwork produced in therapy. We will then use Jung’s method to work with our own images produced through an art experiential.
Anne Flynn, LP is a certified Jungian analyst and licensed psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City, with a particular interest in creativity and imagination, and the role they play within the relational context. She also holds masters degrees in art therapy and fine arts/painting. In an earlier life she was an attorney, but now believes that may have been a dream, and understands it accordingly