Module Four – Individuation – Personal Work

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Presented by Denise Grobbelaar and Julie Manegold

Foundational Concepts in Jungian Psychology Module 4


Individuation is a journey towards wholeness and living a meaningful personal myth according to an authentic inner vision: What does it mean to become “whole” and how do I mature into the best possible version of myself. We explore the idea of living consciously, staying in constant dialogue with and taking guidance from the deeper self, source of inner wisdom.


Denise Grobbelaar and Julie Manegold


  • July 1 – Introduction and exploration of Jung’s notion of “Individuation”
  • July 8 & 15 – The Hero/ Heroine’s Journey
  • July 22 – Jung’s individuation journey
  • July 29 – Jung & Film: “Black Swan” and discussion


 July 1 – Introduction and exploration of Jung’s notion of “Individuation”:

We will unpack some of the assumptions and misconceptions about individuation: including conscious individuation, finding one’s own path, respecting one’s inner life and psyche as an objective reality, and distinguish the first and second halves of life. Presenter: Julie Manegold.

July 8 & 15 – The Hero/ Heroine’s Journey

These two modules are an in-depth exploration of the monomyth of the Hero’s Journey as an archetypal map of the individuation process, as initially described by Joseph Campbell and elaborated upon by feminine voices with regards to the Heroine’s Journey.  Through the symbolism of humanity’s mythic stories, for instance the myth of Inanna’s descent to the underworld, we will find analogies for our own individual paths in the depicted dramas being played out between ego, persona, shadow, and anima/animus in the search for the archetype of the Self. Presenter: Denise Grobbelaar.

July 22 – Jung’s individuation journey

We will explore Jung’s own inner struggle and individuation process as depicted in The Red Book and the Black books. (Gnosis, Visionary experiences, Active Imagination). Presenter: Julie Manegold.

 July 29 – Film and group discussion

Appointment With The Wise Old Dog: Dream Images in a Time of Crisis – A Film by David Blum


  • David Hartman & Diane Zimberoff (2009) The Hero’s Journey of Self-transformation: Models of Higher Development from Mythology.  Journal of Heart-Centered Therapies, 2009, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 3-93.  Downloaded from (92 pages)
  • Denise Grobbelaar. Webinar: The Hero’s Journey: A transformation of Consciousness. A Summary of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth of the hero/heroine’s search for theinnermost Self or what Jung called the Archetype of the Self (the God image within), as mapped in the three phases of the Hero’s journey, Departure, Initiation, and Return.
  • Schmidt, M. (2011). Individuation and the Self. Society for Analytical Psychology,
  • Owens, L.S. (2011). Jung and Aion: Time, Vision, and a Wayfaring Man, Psychological Perspectives, 54: 253-269. C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles.

 Recommended further reading 

  • Campbell, J. (2012). The hero with a thousand faces (3rd ed.). New World Library.
  • Brinton Perera, S. (1981). Descent to the Goddess: A way of Initiation for Women. (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts; 6). Inner City Books, Toronto, Canada.
  • Hollis, J. (1993). The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife. (Studies in Jungian      Psychology by Jungian Analysts; 59), Inner City Books, Toronto, Canada.
  • Jung, C.G. (1953/66). “The Function of the Unconscious” in Two Essays in Psychology, CW.7. Part Two, Individuation. Bollingen Foundation, University of Princeton Press, Princeton, NJ.
  • Stein, M. (1998). The Emergence of the Self (Individuation), Jung’s Map of the Soul, Ch. 8, Open Court Books, Chicago, ILL
  • Jung, C.G. (1961/83). “The Work”, in Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Ch.7. Flamingo, Harper-Collins Publishers, London.


Julie Manegold:  is a clinical psychologist, art psychotherapist and Jungian analyst working in private practice in Hilton in KwaZulu Natal. She has a longstanding interest in the mystical traditions of various religions, with a specific interest in Gnosis, Sufism and Christian Mysticism. Her areas of clinical interest include the challenges of midlife, dream analysis and working with images.

Denise Grobbelaar is a Jungian Analyst and Clinical psychologist working in private practice in Cape Town. Denise has a long-standing interest in dream work, shadow work, shamanism, mythology and the nature of consciousness. Her paper “The White Lion as Symbol of the Archetype of the Self and the Cannibalization of the Self in Canned Hunting” was published in the 2020 Spring Issue of the Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche.