The Self and the Quintessence A Jungian Perspective

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Date(s) - 15/05/2021
10:30 am - 1:00 pm



The Self and the Quintessence A Jungian Perspective

Dr Christine Driver

Through clinical work it became increasingly clear to Christine that theories of development based on duality and triangularity (e.g., the Oedipus complex) were insufficient to describe the complexity of the self.

She began to realise that number symbolism, Jung’s work on alchemy and the quaternity, and ideas about the quintessence (the essence of matter and being) provided a much richer perspective from which to consider, clinically, the self and its potential.

In this talk Christine will give an overview of the ideas in her book and examine them using clinical examples.

The ideas presented are taken from her book ‘The Self and the Quintessence: A Jungian Perspective’. Published by Routledge in 2020.

Dr. Christine Driver is Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) and Fellow of the Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy (FPC). She was Director of Training at WPF Therapy, and teaches, supervises and works in private practice. She has written The Self and the Quintessence: A Jungian Perspective (2020, Routledge) and co-written and co-edited Being and Relating in Psychotherapy (2013, Palgrave), Supervision and the Analytic Attitude (2005, Whurr) and Supervising Psychotherapy (2002, Sage).
Chair: Susanna Wright

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