Archetypes and Fairy Tales

A lecture by Dorothea Wojnar

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Friday 5 October 2012, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quaker Meeting House,10 Hampson St,
Kelvin Grove (park on Prospect Tce)
Members and concession $10; Non-members $15

Beginning with the fathers of the field, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, psychoanalysts have turned to fairy tales in an effort to understand the human mind.  Fairy tales are inextricably linked to the work of Carl Jung. The “collective unconscious” that lies at the core of his work, and which is shared by all human beings, is revealed through archetypes, forms and symbols found in fairy tales.

Fairytales are oral forms of folk tales with moral and ethical aspects, which teach us how to behave and how to deal with others in the community.  Marie-Louise von Franz considers fairy tales as the purest and simplest expression of the collective unconscious of psychic processes.  Fairy Tales represent the contents of the collective unconscious, the archetypes.  Fairy tales offer an understanding of the basic patterns of the human psyche and can guide us through the individuation process. 

We will be considering the following questions drawing from ancient and contemporary material:

  • Why are we so enthralled by fairy tales?
  • Are fairy tales stories for adults or children?
  • How do they differ from myths, legends and sagas?
  • How do you interpret fairy tales?
  • How can that help me with my own individuation journey?

Dorothea Wojnar is a psychotherapist and she is currently training as a Jungian analyst with the C. G .Jung Institute of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian analysts.  She has training and experience in Analytical Psychology , Transactional Analysis, Gestalt therapy, Solution Oriented Psychotherapy, Family therapy, Self Psychology and Psychodrama.  Dorothea has extensive experience as a group leader and therapist across a range of people and issues, working in both a public health facility as well as in private practice.