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Presentation: Jung and the Paranormal with Dr John Merchant

  • Mitchell Theatre, SMSA 280 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

Despite much contemporary criticism, Jung maintained a lifelong interest in paranormal phenomena. This seemed to be fostered by both his own early life and family experience as well as later occurrences like the emergence of the Philemon image during his “confrontation with the unconscious” after the split with Freud. From such personal encounters, as well as those of his patients, Jung eventually developed his controversial and influential theory of synchronicity in an endeavour to explain such occurrences. This presentation will explore the range of Jung’s researches into paranormal phenomena alongside some contemporary examples so as to reveal the nature and functioning of the total psyche.

John Merchant PhD is a training analyst with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts and is an accredited supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. He has run adult education courses in analytical psychology at the University of Sydney for many years as well as workshops and seminars in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe and the USA. His recent book, Shamans and Analysts: New Insights on the Wounded Healer (Routledge), looks at Siberian shamanism and the parallels between it and contemporary psychotherapy. Other books include Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Research in Analytical Psychology (Routledge, forthcoming). He is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. See for further details.

Preferred payment by Cash or Cheque. No need to book.
Just pay at the door. Everybody welcome.

Date: 11th August 2017
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Mitchell Theatre Level 1 Sydney Mechanics' School
of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: Members $15 Non-Members $25 Non-Member
Concession $20

*Psychotherapists and other practitioners can obtain credit for Professional Development hours recognised by CAPA, PACFA and ACA for this presentation.