“…There is a close association between the sexual instinct and the striving for wholeness. With the exception of religious longing nothing challenges modern man more consciously and personally than sex.” — C.G. Jung, CW10, par. 653
Jung repeatedly emphasized the role that sexuality plays in the individuation process, claiming that a disturbed sexuality was at the core of many complexes that hindered a person’s ability to individuate or develop. He also recognized the difficulties of addressing sexual phenomena because it often brings with it forbidding moral dictates and shadow material that can challenge one’s beliefs and ideas about oneself. But avoiding issues of sexuality means that we may be missing the opportunity of inviting and deepening the vital energy it might bring.
Some of us may have difficulty talking about sex; others may be more comfortable discussing it but struggle with how to approach it. In the Jungian community we typically move to interpret the symbolic value of sex and to embrace the spiritual meaning of this instinctual experience. The spiritual aspect is of course an invaluable component, and yes, we want to go there. But we may miss or lose the soul’s longing, pleasure and suffering if we cannot first explore the intensely fulfilling bodily sensations, passions, behavior and emotional communications contained in its expression—in our objective reality, fantasies and our dreams.
This presentation will attempt to open a discussion about the instinctual aspects of sex, to examine personal and collective attitudes toward sex, to invite a deeper reflection of everyone’s personal biases and experiences with sex and to increase an understanding of the potential role sexual phenomena may play in individuation.
(includes lecture if paid before lecture)
Using the archetypal backdrop of the myth of Eros and Psyche, this workshop will continue the focus on the expression and experience of sex: its instinctual, animal nature, its desire for life as well as its relation to death; its aggressive play of dominance and submission; its confrontation with collective ideals or values; its insistence on a journey to the Underworld and its conception and birth of Pleasure.
The archetypal motifs found in this myth have a personal effect that we can all feel and experience in our lives. Helpful examples, film clips, participant’s experiences and group activities will help flesh out the vital significance that sex has in our lives.
Jacqueline Wright, Ed.D, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. In addition to her private practice, Jacqueline is a senior training analyst in the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and on the core faculty of the Memphis-Atlanta and New Orleans training seminars. She lectures and conducts workshops on topics related to Jungian psychology and is particularly interested in subjects related to love, relationships and sexuality. .