19 Jan 21

Date: 19 Jan 21

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Online Zoom

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2 Days 19/01/2021 and 16/02/2021

CPD seminars

Self and Individuation

In these seminars, I explore Jung’s unique contribution to our thinking about the self and its dynamic of individuation.   Jung shared in the Buddhist and Taoist view of an interconnected meaningful world. He believed life was not a series of random events but rather an expression of a deeper order. In this model, all inanimate and animate, physical and psychological phenomena are seen as part of a continuum underlying all existence. For Jung, the Self is purposive and transcends both the ego and the individual.  Its psychoid nature is communicated in synchronicities.  By comparison, in Freud’s classical psychoanalysis, the main dynamic agencies of the psyche are seen as the id, ego and supergo.  The term self is used only to describe the totality of body and mind.  Freud did not see the self as having a dynamic agency of its own.

Individuation requires the surrendering of ego inflation, the narcissistic delusion that the ego is the self. A case is made for seeing analysis as a synchronistic individuation process which offers the opportunity for experiences of a more authentic sense of oneself. Jung stated that individuation requires the ego to enter into service of the Self. For this to happen, both patient and analyst must be prepared to make sacrifices and take risks. Using clinical examples, I demonstrate how the Self can be experienced as both awesome and awe-ful if the ego is unable to facilitate its expression.


Martin Schmidt, MBPsS, is a Jungian Training Analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology. He is in private practice in London and lectures widely both in the UK and internationally.  He has worked for over twenty years as a psychologist in psychiatric rehabilitation with people suffering from severe and enduring mental health problems. He has published numerous articles and his paper ‘Psychic Skin: psychotic defences, borderline process and delusions’ (Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2012, Vol. 57, no 1) won the Fordham prize for best clinical paper in 2012 and was nominated by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in America for the Gradiva award in New York in 2013.  Until August 2019, he was the Honorary Secretary of the International Association for Analytical Psychology and its Regional Organiser for Central Europe.

This is a CPD credited seminar, it will be an hour and half and delivered over two days 19/01/2021 and 16/02/2021.