The words “psychology” and “psychiatry” nowadays tend to give an impression that the mental and behavioural activity of a person can be a subject for scientific measurement and intervention. All our wishes, fear, guilt and fantasies are nothing but some infantile or pathological symptoms ready to be eliminated. In a conversation with a news reporter on social anxiety, I was asked if avoiding crowded place a warning sign of anxiety disorder warrant medical treatment. It appears that seeking a solitary lifestyle and inner experience is simply “abnormal” in the eyes of an extroverted consumerist society.
In our daily consultation room, many clients would bring up their despair, nightmare, traumatic wound wishing to be heard and understood. If we sit on the client’s couch, we know that the moment of healing seldomly comes from words of the therapist. It’s a quest of reclaiming our unwanted parts of personality, e.g. being outspoken, aggressive, getting attention etc. In a slow and daunting process of analysis, the analyst and analysand together find a way to understand the meaning of dream images or creative expression. Our old wound may be seen in new light, hidden wish may find some new expression. As the idea of individuation implies, becoming an individual is not isolating from others, but standing on firmer ground to relate to people around us.
This month, Dr. Brian Feldman from California visits us to talk about dream work in a weekend seminar. "WORKING WITH SYMBOLIC MATERIAL IN CONTEMPORARY CHILDREN, ADOLESCENT AND ADULT JUNGIAN PSYCHOANALYSIS".Starting from Jung’s classical texts, he introduces a contemporary way of working with dreams and symbolic material, adding the perspective of attachment theory and infant research.
The method of amplification in Jungian psychology impress me among many other aspects. In amplifying the image with mythological, folklore, and cultural historical references, one understands the dream beyond personal meaning, reaching out the familial, cultural and archetypal levels. This approach requires the analyst to acquire great breadth and depth of knowledge in humanity subjects as Jung demonstrated. As a group of keen learners and clinicians of analytical psychology, we gather together to inspire and support each other in the process of learning. Great teacher and long time friend of HKIAP, Professor Ronald Teague is coming back to our yearly Cheung Chau retreat in January 2018 to provide us a reflecting space of retreat. After exploring the theme of death and ego dissolution in the Tibetan and Egyptian Book of Death in 2017, this year he will lead us into the imageries of two medieval works of “love madness”, a common human experience of erotic attachment.
Some may find these material hard to reach or find relevance to our daily life. We hope that this website serves to connect each of us and provides updates with learning resources in our local community. Please stay tuned with us for upcoming foundation course in Jungian psychology in Spring 2018. Marta Tibaldi, our IAAP liaison analyst, will join our local analysts to introduce some key fundamental ideas of Jung to work in the analytical approach.
I sincerely thanks everyone contributed to help HKIAP grow in the past decade and keep making it a vibrant society of Jungian psychologists.
Dr. Marshall Lee President Hong Kong Institute of Analytical Psychology