The Fairy Tale Series of seminars made up of five webinars by Murray Stein and John Hill prepared by Asheville Jung Center. In the series Dr. Stein put together a wonderful collection of Jungian analysis of fairy tales in his book series titled The Psyche’s Stories. The series will consist of two parts, the first conducted by Murray Stein and focused on the texts listed above (September 27, October 11, November 1), and the second part assisted by John Hill and featuring an original method for the interpretation of fairy tales using psychodrama techniques (November 15, December 6).
Fairy tales belong to the storehouse of collective psychological wisdom mined by humanity for thousands of years. For good reason, depth psychologists like Freud (in “The Uncanny”) and Jung (in “The Spirit Mercurius”) have looked into them for psychological insight. The careful study and interpretation of fairy tales belong to the core of the Jungian tradition, for as M.-L. von Franz states the Jungian view: “Fairy tales are the purest and simplest expression of collective unconscious psychic processes.” The psychic life of humanity is inscribed in these humble and often dismissed narratives. It was Jung’s genius to discover profound psychological and spiritual value in fairy tales as he did in alchemy.
Part 1 of the seminar series:
M.-L. von Franz on fairy tales; an exemplary interpretation of the Grimms fairy tale, “The White Snake,” by Murray Stein. Texts: The Interpretation of Fairy Tales, by M.L. von Franz; “The White Snake”, in Psyche’s Stories, Vol. 3: Modern Jungian Interpretations of Fairy Tales by Murray Stein.
Dr. Murray Stein is a supervising training analyst and president of The International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland (ISAP Zurich). He is the author of The Principle of Individuation and many other books and articles in the field of Jungian Psychoanalysis. From 2001 to 2004 he was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He has lectured internationally and presently makes his home in Switzerland.
John Hill, MA, received his degrees in philosophy at the University of Dublin and the Catholic University of America. He trained at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich, has practiced as a Jungian analyst since 1973, and is a Training Analyst at ISAP, Zürich. He is IAAP Liaison to Tbilisi, Georgia. His publications include: The Association Experiment, Celtic Myth, James Joyce, Dreams and Christian Mysticism. He has recently published his first book: At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging.