Pete Williams, Ph.D.

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Discovering our Inner Instinctual Selves Including Dreams

November 10, Saturday Lecture 7:30 pm
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We find in the unconscious qualities that are not individually acquired but are inherited, e.g., instincts as impulses to carry out actions from necessity, without conscious motivation. In this “deeper” stratum we also find the “a priori,” inborn forms of “intuition,” namely the archetypes of perception and apprehension, which are the necessary a priori determinants of all psychic processes. Just as the instincts compel the individual to a specifically human mode of existence, so the archetypes force the ways of perception and apprehension into specifically human patterns. The instincts and the archetypes together form the “collective unconscious.” (Vol. 8, para. 270) — C.G. Jung

Jung says that, “In my view the question of instinct cannot be dealt with psychologically without considering the archetypes, because at bottom they determine one another.” And so, it’s logical to assume that the corollary to this is that to understand the archetypes and their dynamic nature, one must also have a psychological understanding and appreciation for the instinctual. We will consider the various roles that the instinctual plays in our psychic lives and also its manifestation in the analytic setting, particularly as they present in dream images.

Pete WilliamsPete Williams, Ph.D., is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Atlanta. He obtained his PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2004. He is a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts where he did his analytic training. He is also a member of the Georgia Association of Jungian Analysts and serves on the teaching faculty at the Inter-Regional Memphis-Atlanta training seminar. He left the world of business 18 years ago following a 25 year career as an executive in the food manufacturing industry.

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