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Deconstructing the Monstrous; An Archetypal Psychology Approach

We will explore and attempt to understand images of monsters in psychic material. Drawing on variety of variety of sources from cultural studies, psychoanalyses, Jungian and archetypal psychologies, we will reflect on the mythologem of hero and dragon. We will investigate the relationship between ego and non-ego images in the light of this mythologem. Using alchemical metaphors, dream material, and insights from Carl Jung, James Hillman and Michael Vannoy-Adams, will examine and interpret the evolution of the theme of the “monstrous” in the contemporary psyche.


Date:      Friday, April 19th, 2013

Place:     The Academy House (Terrace Level)
              1420 Locust Street
              Philadelphia, PA 19102

Time:     1:00pm-5:00pm (Registration & Light Lunch at 12:30)

Phone:   215-450-9941


Learning Objectives:

Upon Completion of this training, participants will be able:

  1. Identify monsters themes as evolving in culture and mythology.

  2. Understand the Idea of monsters in psychoanalyses.

  3. Examine monsters in Jung’s thought and in Jungian Psychology.

  4. Reflect on the relationship between the mythologem of the hero fighting the dragon, and ego and “monsters of the unconscious.”

  5. Reflect on the concepts of dragons, alchemy and Individuation.

Our Presenter: SYLVESTER WOJTKOWSKI, PHD, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City and a founding member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA) where he is a seminar instructor and supervisor. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and is on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology. He has presented at several national and International (IAAP) conferences on: Islamic Wound of the Western Psyche (Barcelona 2004), Approaching the Unspeakable Regarding 9/11 (Chicago 2005), Deconstructing the Monstrous (San Francisco 2006), Jung’s Art Complex (San Francisco, 2008). He was the Mary Weir Lecturer at the Texas University in San Antonio (2008) and a guest speaker at a Jungian Conference on Reality and Myth in Modern Man in Moscow, Russia (2011). His recent publications include “Deconstructing the Monstrous” in Archetypal Psychologies, ed. Stanton Marlan. “Dwelling Imaginally in Soulless Times, an Appreciation of the Work of James Hillman,” in ARAS Connections: Image and Archetype, 2012.

CE Credits
This activity is being co-sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) and The Philadelphia Jungian Professional Club. NAAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. NAAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program provides four (4) hours of CE credits for Psychologists and Social Worker Board licensees.

FEES: $125 (Enrollment is limited.)
Participants requesting CE credits will be charged an additional $20 ($5 for each credit).

To register, go to http://www.thejungclub.com.  Print out registration form and mail with check to;

      PPS, c/o Dr. Marion Rudin Frank,

      250 S.17th Street, Suite 101,

      Phila.Pa. 19103.

      Or call 215-545-7800