Encountering The Shadow In Our Dreams
December 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmPrepaid Cost: $85 – $100
Presented by Michal Aizenman, L.P.C.C.
“How little know we what we are
How less what we may be” – Anne Brontë
In this theoretical and experiential workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice Jung’s approach to dream work, utilizing his concepts of active imagination, amplification, psychic energy, and the shadow. We will examine some of the similarities and differences between Jung and Freud’s approach to the unconscious especially as it pertains to working with dreams. As we analyze the dream, we will focus on the function of the shadow in dreams, as a way of integrating aspects of the personality that are often evacuated, projected outward, devalued, or dismissed because they are found to be too disruptive to the preservation of an overly adaptive ego.
- Describe what is meant by the term active imagination and how it is used in psychotherapy;
- Describe what is meant by the term amplification and how it is utilized in psychotherapy;
- Describe what is meant by the term shadow in Jungian theory and practice;
- Give an example of how the shadow manifests in dreams;
- Describe some of the clinical difficulties in working with a patient with an overly adaptive ego;
- Describe how dream work can be of value in working with a patient with an overly adaptive ego.
Michal Aizenman, L.P.C.C., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in West Los Angeles. She trained as a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in Israel, where she worked in psychiatric hospitals, out-patient clinics and the military, in addition to her private practice. She has taught at Dartmouth College and at UCSC, and is currently teaching through the UCLA Extension Program as well as the Jung Institute in Los Angeles. Michal’s current interests are dreams and neuroscience. Michal teaches and lectures regularly on dreams and dreaming.