Complex World

A presentation by Marie Makinson

August 6 2015 7.30 —9.30pm

The Quaker House, 10 Hampson Street, Kelvin Grove
Park on Prospect Terrace
Members and Concession: $10, Non-members: $15

Everyone knows nowadays that people “have complexes,” What is not so well known, though far more important theoretically, is that complexes can have us.”
A Review of Complex Theory CW8

Jung’s theory of ‘the feeling toned complex’ evolved out of ‘the ‘word association experiments’ conducted early in his career at the Burgholzi Clinic in Zurich. The theory was so central to his understanding of the psyche that he almost called his method ‘complex psychology’. 

The discovery that the psyche tends to disassociate and form discrete areas with particular emotional signatures and widely varying degrees of connection to consciousness, was and still is, a master key to understanding psychology. Like all master keys the depth of the insight is not easily grasped.

In this presentation we will look at the complex in a number of different ways showing how the idea is embedded into other structural components of Jung’s opus. We will be considering theory, clinical work - including dreams and looking at  some scenes from the film ‘American Beauty’ as vivid portrayals of manifesting complexes.


Marie Makinson is a Jungian analyst practicing in Red Hill in Brisbane. She is particularly interested in Jung’s  multidimensional  framework of complexes and finds the perspective invaluable in clinical work. She is  the  current president of the CG Jung Soc. of Queensland


The Dream  by Frantisek Kupka 1909

The Dream  by Frantisek Kupka 1909