STRUCTURE OF THE PSYCHE
AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPES
Presented by Grace Reid and Jolita Jansen van Rensenburg
Image credit: C.G. Jung, The Red Book, p. 107
We will introduce Jung in his historical context– his life, and his early exposition of Analytical Psychology. Jung’s conception of the structure of the psyche will be followed by sessions introducing his theory of Psychological Types, sometimes referred to as “the practical Jung.” We will explore the two fundamental attitudes (introversion and extraversion), and how they interact with our functioning in everyday life, as we make use of thinking, feeling, intuition, and sensation.
Grace Reid and Jolita Jansen van Rensenburg
- January 22 – Jung in relation to his story, and history: Jolita Jansen van Rensenburg
- January 29 – Structure of the psyche: Jolita Jansen van Rensenburg
- February 5 – Psychological Types Part I: Grace Reid
- February 12 – Psychological Types Part II: Grace Reid
- February 19 – Film and discussion
January 22 – Jung in relation to his story, and history: Jolita Jansen van Rensenburg
To develop a deeper understanding of Jung and his work, we will investigate Jung’s historical roots and his relationship with Freud.
January 29 – Structure of the psyche: Jolita Jansen van Rensenburg
We will explore Jung’s idea of how the psyche is structured, with reference to the various aspects of the psyche’s structure and its contents, including: Consciousness, the personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious. We will discuss ego-consciousness and the role of the ego, and its relationship to the unconscious and the collective unconscious.
February 5 – Psychological Types Part I: Grace Reid
We will place Jung’s theory of psychological types into the context of his life and provide illustrations of the two basic attitudes and four functions of the psyche.
February 12 – Psychological Types Part II: Grace Reid
The discussion of typology will deepen, with descriptions of how knowing one’s psychological type can inform one’s self development, relationships, and functioning in the workplace. This will also include how understanding type theory can enrich our understanding of dreams, literature and films.
February 19 – Film and discussion
The group discussion will comprise an hour of group members’ reflections on the film “Alice in Wonderland” and how consciousness and the layers of the unconscious are depicted in the movie. The second hour of discussion will be around aspects of psychological types. Group members will share their impressions of what type they might be, based on what has been discussed, and how examples of type theory and/or the structure of the psyche might have shown up in their daily lives since their introduction to the theory. There will be time for any lingering questions or comments.
- Stein, M (1998). Jung’s Map of the Soul. Open Court Books.
- January 22: History. Introduction Chapter from Stein
- January 29: Structure of the Psyche. Chapter 1 from Stein
- Watch “Face to Face” John Freeman interview with Carl Jung, on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBYEFX2dqpM
- Watch “Alice in Wonderland” film from 2010.
- Read Edward C. Whitmont’s chapter 8 on Psychological Types in “The Symbolic Quest”.
MORE ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Jolita Jansen van Rensenburg started her career as social worker at the Department of Welfare, Rustenburg where she served for eight years. She completed her studies in Clinical Psychology and worked at the Department of Health for another 6 years before moving into fulltime private practice in 2006. Jolita completed the course in Jungian analysis in Cape Town in 2010. Presently she sees young adults and adults in private practice and provide inpatient treatment of patients at MultiCare Psychiatric Hospital in Potchefstroom. She lectures Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Analytical Psychology at the North-West University to Master Students, and participates in two Jungian reading groups, one for psychologists and another for public members, in Potchefstroom. She is part of the Public Program Committee of SAAJA and SAAJA Treasurer.
Grace Reid is a clinical psychologist who became a psychotherapist in her native United States before immigrating to South Africa in 1990. Since then, she has practiced psychotherapy, analysis, and supervision in Cape Town, becoming a member of SAAJA in 2003. She is a training analyst and has served as secretary of SAAJA. She has special interests in the psychology of aging, psychological types, bereavement, and how to apply Jungian concepts to everyday life.