The Psychological Interpretation of Fairy Tales
Presented by: Tom Elsner, LMFT, JD, Jungian Analyst
Fairy tales are generally regarded in our culture as children's stories. In reality, they are genius archetypal narratives - poems - that lay out in symbolic form the bare-bones of our human existence, our common problems, wishes, fears. Most importantly they can reveal the structural dynamics of motifs of transformation. Plus, they are fun! This seminar will give you a basic understanding of the depth psychological approach to fairy tale interpretation with an emphasis on applying that approach to your own dreams and to the meaning of the stories that fascinate and/or repel you, the ones that will not let you go. We will cover the basic dramatic structure of archetypal story, address the question of "what is a symbol?", look at some common symbols in fairy tales such as the orphan and curses/redemption from curses, and make some connections between symbols in story and symbols in dream. We will look more deeply at one fairy tale, The Three Languages in the Brothers' Grimm collection that has the common motif of learning to speak the language of animals. Finally, we will get the chance to explore the psychological meaning of our contemporary fairy tales discoverable in film and media.
- Identify and differentiate the basic psychological approaches to symbolic interpretation, including archetypal and personal approaches.
- Apply basic Jungian theory of archetypes and the collective unconscious to common symbolic motifs found in stories.
- Demonstrate the application of Jungian theory to a particular story.
- Apply one of their own dreams in light of Jungian theory and fairy tale interpretation.
- Analyze two motifs in contemporary film in light of the psychological approaches acquired in the seminar.
Tuition $45 (3 CEs Psychologist, LMFT and LCSW add $15)
Intermediate post-licensure instructional level. Please bring writing materials.
|Thomas Elsner, J.D., M.A. and Jungian Analyst has a private practice in Santa Barbara CA and has lectured and taught on the subject of the psychology of fairy tales for years, in England, Switzerland, across the U.S., at Pacific Graduate Institute, Disney Studios, and the C.G. Jung Study Center.|
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