Jung and the Dead: Visions, Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Since the publication of Jung’s Red Book, a significant amount of material on the dead has come to light and points to the possibility that when Jung referred to ‘the dead’ in his personal material he was, in fact, referring to the literal dead as a separate category of psychic experience. In this presentation, Dr. Stephens introduces material from Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections, and the Red Book, to raise questions about how Jung experienced the dead during his initial encounters with his visionary material. Dr. Stephens will question some previously held assumptions about visionary encounters within the therapeutic technique known as ‘active imagination’ as well as raising the Jung's own questions about psychological inheritance and the work we do on behalf of our ancestors.

Stephani Stephens, PhD is a lecturer at the University of Canberra in the discipline of Counselling. Between 2004 and 2013, she served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Jungian Studies. She is the author of C.G. Jung and the Dead; Visions, Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain (Routledge, 2019) and is the 2018 recipient of the Frances P. Bolton Fellowship.
Period13 Mar 2020
Held atC.G. Jung Society of Sydney, Australia
Degree of RecognitionNational