Mantis Weekend SAAJA Cape Town 2019

Mantis Weekend 2019

Date: Friday 3 May to Sunday 5 May 2019
Venue: C G Jung Centre 87 Main Road Rondebosch
Email saaja@mweb.co.za for full details and costs

Friday 3 May 2019
18:00 – 19:30 Narcissism: Modern Epidemic or Salvation of the Soul Jolita Jansen van Rensenburg
19:30 – 20:00 Tea Break
20:00 – 21:30 Ethical Conceptualisations of the Psyche (2 Ethics points) Alan Fourie
Saturday 4 May 2019
09:00 – 10:30 The Myth of Isis & Osiris Renee Ramsden
10:30 – 11:00 Tea Break
11:00 – 12:30 Women in History – Cleopatra Marita de Wet
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Flood Myths in the Personal Individuation Process Fred Borchardt
15:00 – 15:30 Tea Break
15:30 – 17:00 Dark man in Woman’s Dreams: Transformation of the inner critic through the tale of Bluebeard Suzan Hojdar
Sunday 5 May 2019
09:00 – 10:30 Nationalism, Mobs & Society: Jung’s sociological clumsinesses Johann Graaff
10:30 – 11:30 Tea Break
11:00 – 12:30 Is Levinas for Real? (2 Ethics points) Stephen Bloch

Biographies & Abstracts

PRESENTER: Jolita Jansen van Resenburg is a clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst practicing in Potchefstroom. She completed her training in Cape Town in 2015. She has a private practice and renders inpatient services at Multicare Psychiatric Unit. Jolita is lecturer of Psychodynamic Therapy and Analytical Psychology to Master Psychology Students at the NorthWest University. She is involved in two Jungian reading groups, one which she established for psychologists in Potchefstroom. She is also secretary for the Public Programme Committee.

ABSTRACT: Narcissism: Modern epidemic or salvation of the soul?
For over 2000 years the story of Narcissus’ involvement with his own reflection has been a rich source of speculation on the condition and salvation of the human soul. This difficult and much speculated topic is very relevant to our time as social scientists claims that Narcissism has become a ‘modern epidemic’. This presentation follows a historical thread of Narcissism and an enlightening look at the transformation of Narcissism on the individual’s road to individuation, as reflected on by Analytical Psychology. It is recommended that attendees to the presentation familiarize themselves with the myths of Narcissus and Echo as well as The abduction of Persephone.

PRESENTER: Alan Fourie trained as a Clinical Psychologist in Port Elizabeth and as a Jungian Analyst through SAAJA. After working in both public and private psychiatric units in Durban and Cape Town he joined Rhodes University in Makhanda and is currently a Senior Lecturer, the program co coordinator for professional training in clinical psychology and in private practice.

ABSTRACT: Ethical conceptualisations of the psyche
Theoretical models guiding conceptualisations of the psyche continue to largely be grounded within a modernist paradigm. These conceptualisations inform interventions and research and therefore carry ethical implications.
Current developments within biomedical ethics, largely influenced by complexity theory, argue for a postmodernist paradigm shift within this developing field. This paper seeks to make an argument for analytical psychology as an ethical conceptualisation of the psyche by locating it within complexity theory and a postmodernist paradigm and thereby linking it to current developments within the field of applied ethics.

PRESENTER: Renee Ramsden has been working in private practice in Cape Town for 33 years. She is a founder member of the Southern African Association for Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) and a training analyst. She specialises in dream-analysis and has been teaching alchemy and psychology as presented by C.G. Jung to SAAJA candidates, the wider professional group and interested members of the public for 21 years. She has a longstanding interest in ancient goddess cultures and their relevance for the feminine in our current world. She is currently serving on SAAJA’s Executive Committee (Treasurer), Curriculum Committee. She is also cofacilitator of SAAJA’s Jung and Film events.

ABSTRACT: The Myth of Isis and Osiris
The search for wholeness is symbolised as the harmonious relationship between opposites, as represented by male and female in alchemy. Jung draws the analogy between this problem of the opposites with the reality, in the therapeutic setting, of ‘dissociation of the personality brought about by the conflict of incompatible tendencies’. The myth of Isis and Osiris describes a cooperative relationship between man and woman, and between humans and the forces of nature, through an acceptance of death, dismemberment and rebirth. As such, it can offer a guide through the dark night of the soul which is part of every deep psychological transformation towards the integration and rebirth of personality.

PRESENTER: Marita de Wet is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Paarl. She started her career in 1980 as a Systems Engineer in IBM and qualified as a Psychologist in 1992. She was involved in corporate consultation and leadership development programs; she presented group therapy programs and ran a private practice in Boksburg, Gauteng. She is currently in private practice in Paarl. She is chair of SAAJA’s Public Programme and serves on the Curriculum and Library committees.

ABSTRACT: Women in History – Cleopatra
The ultimate aim of history is human self-knowledge. History teaches us what man has done and thus what man is. In this presentation, we take a closer look at the depiction of women in history. Very few women in history have been credited with being a real human with all the complexities, contradictions and nuances entailed. There is a polarization of women in history: on the one hand, the tamed, self-sacrificing, caring angel mother and on the other hand the wild, sexually perverse, power-hungry demon. This split of the feminine principle in history influences the construction of the present, the very quality of our culture. There is a long-awaited voice rising from both anthropologists and historians, a voice addressing the issue of women who have been miscast and misunderstood in history. One such woman is the famous Cleopatra of ancient Egypt, generally depicted as a power-hungry femme fatale using her powers of seduction shamelessly, a celebrity only because she slept with both Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. In the past decade, however, astonishing new evidence came to light allowing a more balanced view of Cleopatra. The new findings and archaeological reports add a further rich layer of detail to what is now known about Cleopatra. Who was she?

PRESENTER: Fred Borchardt is a Counselling Psychologist and Jungian Analyst graduate of the SAAJA training programme in Cape Town. He studied at the Pretoria University, the University of Johannesburg and Rhodes University. He worked in the SA Prison Service for more than a decade before starting out in his current occupation in private practice in Cape Town. He is currently President of SAAJA, and a training analyst.

ABSTRACT: Flood Myths in the Personal Individuation Process.
Flood myths are some of the oldest and most general myths on earth. Flood myths normally describe the destruction of the world by the gods through floods or deluge, after they became disenchanted with human beings. Often a vessel is built to help a small group of people and sometimes some animals survive. After the flood the surviving humans and animals populate the earth again. In terms of the psychotherapeutic process, this is an archetypal description of the process of being engulfed by psychic energy such as happens during a depression or even a psychosis. This engulfment is often a result of a split between the Ego and Self, with the flood serving the purpose of destroying the old patterns which was causing the rift between ego and self. The survival of the Ego is a rebirth into a new way of being.

PRESENTER: Suzan Hojdar is a SAAJA Analyst qualified as an individual router through IAAP & one of the founder members of Gauteng group that has been active for over 20 years. She has a medical degree from Wits University, international degrees in Homeopathy (Archetypal & Clinical) & is a Didactic teacher of Biodanza. She is trained in Systemic & Organizational Constellations as well as Shamanism. Suzan has a private practice in JHN, where she sees individuals, runs a Process group & Fairy Tale teaching-sharing circles. She is a liaison person for Gauteng group with SAAJA, serves on the Curriculum Committee & is a training analyst.

ABSTRACT: Dark man in Women’s dreams: transformation of the Inner Critic through the tale of Bluebeard.
The Bluebeard story is about the captor, the dark man who inhabits women’s psyches, the negative Animus. This force must be memorized and restrained, says Clarisa Pinkola Estees in Women Who run with The Wolves. We will be tracking Bluebeard’s movement in dreams of a woman as well as the opposing, balancing force of the instinctual Feminine that ultimately helped her to ‘draw the line and mean it’. This series of dreams and some of her art illustrate how one woman turned into something of a heroine, how she rescued herself and her marriage by transforming her inner critic into a powerful and caring ally while taking more possession of her instinctual powers

PRESENTER: Johann Graaff is a retired sociologist from UCT, but is now interested in the cross over between Jungian psychology and sociology. He graduated from the CG Jung Institute in Zurich, and has a practice as a Jungian analyst. He is member of SAAJA, currently serving on Curriculum Committee.

ABSTRACT: Nationalism, Mobs and Society: Jung’s Sociological Clumsinesses.
Jung had some really odd ideas about nationalism, mobs and society. His thoughts on nationalism got him accused of antisemitism, as a start. His ideas on crowds and mobs followed closely on the now discredited ideas of Gustave le Bon, and made him sound elitist, while his attempts in other areas of sociology were really confused. But there might still be something to save from that wreckage especially, and, paradoxically, in the
writings of some non-Jungian anthropologists.

PRESENTER: Stephen Bloch is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a founding member of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts and has served on its Executive Committee, Assessment and Review, Ethics and Library Committees. Stephen has given training seminars on transference and countertransference, dream interpretation, Klein, Winnicott, Bion and Eigen, the psychoanalytic frame, music and psychoanalysis, embodiment, psychotherapy and the meditating patient. He has published papers and reviews and co- edited with Paul Ashton MUSIC AND PSYCHE (Spring Publications,2010) and with Loray Daws of a festschrift for Michael Eigen entitled LIVING MOMENTS: PAPERS IN HONOUR OF MICHAEL EIGEN (Karnac, 2015)

ABSTRACT: Is Levinas for Real?
This paper will explore the psychotherapeutic implications of the ethical philosopher Levinas. Levinas places our non-reciprocal responsibility to the suffering Other as central. His work is attracting increasing interest amongst psychoanalysts– an approach which emphasizes the ethical turn as a basis of psychotherapeutic praxis. We will explore the difficulties in bringing his theory into the therapeutic encounter. Along the way we will touch such topics as psychoanalytic parallels as in Melanie Klein’s notion of reparation; game theory (including the iconic thought experiment of the Prisoners Dilemma) and the evolutionary origins of moral behavior.