Fairy Tale as a mirror for the basic patterns of the psyche.
Fairy tales are the purest and simplest expression of collective unconscious psychic processes. They represent the archetypes in their simplest, barest and most concise form. This lecture deals with their powerful imagery and examines why their interpretation is so crucial to the Jungian tradition. Who hasn’t been enthralled as a child by these tales? Are these stories for adults or children? How do they differ from myths, legends and sagas? The Grimm’s ‘Nixie of the Millpond’ will be interpreted as an example of two core issues: the anima problem in the male psyche and the transmission of unresolved unconscious material from parent to child.
Lecture to the Comox Valley Jung Society
Friday, October 28th, 2011
Tyee Room, North Island College, Ryan Road