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Untangling Knots: Working with Jung's Theory of Complexes

  • First Unitarian Church of Cleveland 21600 Shaker Boulevard Shaker Heights, OH, 44122 United States (map)


Untangling Knots: Working with Jung's Theory of Complexes

Date: April 8, 2017                                                                                         
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CEUs:  4.5 CEUs are available for Saturday's workshop (an additional $25)
Costs: $85 for members / $95 for non-members / $80 for senior members / $85 for senior non-members / $10 for students (with valid i.d)

Program Description:

Have you ever been gripped by an unexpected emotion when trying to express a simple idea? If so, you have experienced what Jung labels a complex. A complex hijacks our true self, controlling our feelings and responses: the complex “has us,” we don’t “have it.” We are left manifesting some aspect of a false self; the “not-me.” Complexes tangle us in “nots,” and are difficult to “un-not” on one’s own. A knotty situation indeed!

Using lecture, discussion, video clips, and experiential exercises, this workshop will help participants connect with the nature of a complex and learn tools to identify, understand, and untangle the knots of personal experience. This workshop is excellent for individuals interested in self-discovery and for therapists looking to enhance clinical work with clients. Participants will be able to:

  • Define Jung’s model of a complex, including the relationship between the ego, consciousness, and unconscious aspects of the complex.
  • Learn the technique of active imagination to identify and differentiate contemporaneous and historical material related to the complexes.


Robert Sheavly is a Jungian Analyst in Washington, DC, the director of the Central Washington Psychotherapy Associates and the Director of Training for the Philadelphia Jung Institute. Bob also serves as treasurer of the Jungian Analysts of Washington Association (JAWA) and the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts (PAJA). He is a former church organist, an avid choral singer performing regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra and the author of Ensouling AIDS: The Archetypal Dimension of the LGBT Choral Movement




Untangling Knots: Working with Jung's Theory of Complexes
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