What is the course about?
The anima, in Jungian Psychology, is often referred to as the feminine inner personality present in the unconscious of men. This workshop is about developing a safe containing space for men to identify their own anima, and how this can manifest itself both consciously and unconsciously.
We will explore the implications this may have for both our personal and professional lives.
What will we cover?
An overview of Jungian concepts will be given with a focus given to the anima.
We will also focus on the work of James Hollis, a Jungian Analyst, and on ‘The Eight Secrets Men Carry Within’.
1. Men's lives are as much governed by restrictive role expectations, as are the lives of women.
2. Men's lives are essentially governed by fear.
3. The power of the feminine is immense in the psychic economy of men.
4. Men collude in a conspiracy of silence whose aim is to suppress their emotional truth.
5. Because men must leave Mother, and transcend the mother complex, wounding is necessary.
6. Men's lives are violent because their souls have been violated.
7. Every man carries a deep longing for his father and for his tribal Fathers.
8. If men are to heal, they must activate within what they did not receive from without.'
You will be encouraged to bring your own experience and learn through this as you share the experiences of others. It will also be examined how you can carry this work forward after the course.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Outline the basic principles of Jungian Psychology, especially the anima and animus.
• Identify at least one positive aspect that you've gained through greater understanding and exploration of your own anima.
• Understanding the potential the anima can give you in both your personal and professional life.
Have at least an awareness of your anima, its impact and influence within you, and with those around you.
Ultimately, it is hoped that you will develop an on going appreciation of the anima, and how to cultivate this in your everyday life. You may also consider if you would want to take this type of work further.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need you to bring the willingness to work with this material, and the willingness to share with others.
This course is especially for male counsellors, or those completing counselling training. However, men interested in this work are also welcome.
No particular skills required except the importance of valuing and your own experience and others - please bring an open mind.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor input, experiential exercises, discussion, smaller group work, questions and answers.
There is not any work outside of the course. It is hoped you will be motivated to read more on the topic in your own time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No particular skills required except the importance of valuing your own experience - please bring an open mind.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
PP130 Psychology of Jung: explore your shadow
PS701 Difficult people, brave conversations
PG603 Anger: cool head or hot head?
PG765 Exploring our creativity.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details