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Date(s) - 15/02/2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY


Saturday 15 February 2020 at SAP

CPD event 

An introduction to Individuation for Adult Replacement Children


Feeling ill-at-ease in life and suffering in your relationships with yourself and others or suffer from low-self esteem? Or asking yourself questions with respect to your identity or feeling weighed down by vague, inexplicable feelings of grief or guilt?

The root cause of such suffering may lie in the structural elements of the replacement child condition Symptoms can appear in early childhood but also much later, in adult life.

Replacement children are conceived, born or designated to take on a role – or self-identify with such a role – to replace a sibling or other dear member of the family. Many adults do not know of their replacement status or role. Some were not told of such circumstances, others have never heard this term; yet others were told they would not exist if it were not for the disappearance of another human being. Some replacement children were invisible, not seen or loved for themselves, others were seen as a golden, a miracle child, but that, too, can come with heavy price.
They are not alone; there are millions of replacement children in the world and quite a few replacement children are found among the pioneers of psychoanalysis and in the arts, from Sigmund Freud to Vincent van Gogh or Salvador Dali, and from Carl Gustav Jung to William Shakespeare, Maria Callas or Peter Sellers.

Suffering can prompt adult replacement children to seek help, to become conscious of the condition and discover a much deeper layer to their existence. Kristina Schellinski offers new hope for replacement children, launching her book “Individuation for Adult Replacement Children. Ways of Coming into Being” at this event. The author will illustrate with some case examples from 20 years in private practice how the soul remembers the originality of the individual’s unique self and can help adult replacement children experience a process of “self-birthing”, a psychological rebirth into their own life.

Awareness, recognition and compassion helps adult replacement children overcome their early encounter with loss and destruction and awakens the forces of creativity in the individuation process.


Kristina Schellinski, M.A., Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht, Switzerland, is a Teaching Analyst and Supervisor at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich and ISAP (International School of Analytical Psychology), Zürich.

She is the author of the book Individuation for Adult Replacement Children”, Routledge 2019, and maintains a private practice in Geneva, Switzerland, where she also works as a lecturer and supervisor with the Geneva University Hospital Department of Psychiatry.

Chair: Jan Wiener

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