Nothing exerts stronger psychic effect especially upon children, than the unlived life of the parents. – C.G. Jung
The participation mystique, or primitive identity, causes the child to feel the conflicts of the parent and to suffer from them as if they were its own. – C.G. Jung
In this workshop we will explore Jung’s notion of the profound impact of a parent’s un-lived life on a child's psycho-social development. The concept of participation mystique or primitive identity will be explored in order to shed light on the ways in which parental messages are transmitted, whether directly or indirectly. We will attempt to understand how these communications from the parental unconscious can serve to undermine or support a child's healthy sense of self and unique individuality.
Participants are encouraged to bring personal or case material for discussion.
This workshop ends at 2:30pm with a half hour lunch break. Please bring something for lunch.
Learning Objectives: 4 CEUs are available
• Describe the effect of a parent's un-lived life upon the psyche of the child.
• Give an example of how a parent's projection onto their child can affect the child's sense of self.
• Compare a direct vs an indirect parental message to a child and its effect on psycho-social development.
• Give an example of how a parent's projection onto their child can affect the child's choice of career or life partner.
• Give an example of how a parent's unconscious conflict can manifest in the child.
• Give an example of how a parent's unmet needs in the marital relationship can affect the child.
• Give an example of how a parent's depression can affect a child's sense of self.
Sherri Mahdavi, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and a clinical psychologist in private practice in Irvine, CA. She also serves as an Associate Professor of Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Southern California, where she teaches courses in Depth Psychology. With her background in Sufism and Jungian Studies, her research interest is soul-centered psychology.