Jung and the body

Jung and the body

A presentation by Flávio de Grandis

Thursday, October 6, 2022 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Anglican Church Hall
455 Main St. Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

Throughout the history of Western thought, the body was often viewed with suspicion, as an impediment from true knowledge. From Plato to Christianity and then Descartes; we still witness the psyche-soma dissociation in biomedical models that rule today’s notion of health and illness processes. The human gesture is charged with psychic energy, however often neglected or downplayed in the clinical setting.

As Jung wrote: “We cannot rid ourselves of the doubt that perhaps this whole separation of mind and body may finally prove to be merely a device of reason for the purpose of conscious discrimination – an intellectually necessary separation of one and the same fact into two aspects, to which we then illegitimately attribute an independent existence. (Jung, 1972: 619)”

Isn’t the body (gestures) a manifestation of our persona/archetype and a way we relate to the world? Should not the physical symptom also be considered as an important symbol to be integrated, and not solely suppressed, as an expression of new possibilities and possibly more meaning in the patient’s life? Is it possible to ignore the role of the body in the transference and counter- transference dynamics within the clinical setting?

In this presentation, Flávio De Grandis proposes to investigate such ideas and present some clinical cases to illustrate the importance of the body in Jungian psychotherapy practice.

Brazilian born Flávio De Grandis is a physiotherapist with a Masters degree in Science, and a Jungian psychotherapist, completing a degree in Philosophy at Deakin University and currently training with ANZSJA (Australian & New Zealand Society for Jungian Analysts).