Fairy Tales: Pathways to Transformation — Bringing the Magic of Stories into Psychotherapy – March 10-11 2017
Fairy Tales: Pathways to Transformation Bringing the Magic of Stories into Psychotherapy The major contributors to the development of Psychotherapy-Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Otto Rank and others looked to fairy tales and myths to understand the psyche. Classic stories are still yielding new insights and clinical directions for contemporary therapists. Narratives are important. We gain a sense of ourselves by telling stories of our lives. Identities form through integrating personal histories with the cultural myths and legends of our culture. Per Carl Jung, the myths of human beings are essential to knowing oneself. He wrote: “He is like one uprooted, having no true link either to the past, or with the ancestral life which continues within him, or yet contemporary human society.” Sometimes individuals and families get stuck in repetitive and sad stories which then may become the subject matter of the therapy hour. When classic tales are incorporated into psychotherapy, the process is enriched and the path towards happier endings is revealed. In fairy tales, the hero or heroine leaves home on a journey, although sometimes on a quest. Protagonists enter disturbing realms, encounter fabulous forces, master challenges to ultimately win a victory. Typically, they return with a gift to society. As models and guides, they encourage us to do the same. We will examine and apply the dynamics and change processes for expanding personal and social development. During current times of rapid planetary, economic, and cultural upheaval, a study of heroic action has special meaning.