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Jun 252011

On July 9, 2011, the three Charleston Jungian Analysts are teaming up to present an evening on fairy tales as psychic narratives titled “Once upon a time and nowhere in particular.” Fairy tales developed as road maps for life’s journeys , dealing with major life transitions and other profound times of turmoil and challenge in life, where we need all the help we can get. The tales help us with difficult life situations that most of us don’t have the conscious resources to handle. Those who have come this way before have left us a record of what they learned in the form of fairy tales.

James Hillman writes, “As analysts become more literate, we may become less literal, stuck in the case without a vision of its soul.” The study of folk tales and myths helps deepen our understanding our clients’ narratives and helps turn a case history into a “healing fiction.”

Jung states explicitly that fairy tales as well as myths are collectively elaborated fragments of some inner processes which are alike in all respect with what he called the individuation process. Fairy tales represent archetypes in their simplest and most concise form. These archetypal images give us marvelous clues to understanding the processes going on in the collective psyche.

The presentation will begin with an overview of the history and psychology of fairy tales and will be followed by two in-depth analyses of fairy tales from a clinical perspective. These will be the examination of tale of Rumplestiltskin and the tale of Bluebeard for their respective lessons and clinical insights.

Dr. Alvaro Giraldo is a Jungian analyst, psychiatrist, and clinical professor on the faculty of MUSC. Dr. Sharon Martin in a Jungian analyst in private practice and a Psychosocial Nurse Practitioner, while Dr. John R. Johnson is a Jungian analyst and supervising psychologist for the C.G. Jung Institute in New York City.

Please join us at Gage Hall, next to the Unitarian Church at 4 Archdale Street, Charleston. Doors open at 4:30 PM and the presentation starts at 5 PM. There will be light refreshments.  The cost is $10 for CJS members, $20 for non-members, $15 for students.  CEUs are available. Further information is available on our website: or call (843) 819-1585

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