Jung & Neuroscience A Global Seminar


Join this live event from Zurich, Northern England, and Sonoma!
Jung & Neuroscience

Thursday, June 28th 
Jung & Neuroscience
A Global Seminar

The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) and the Asheville Jung Center are pleased to announce a joint presentation on Carl Jung and Neuroscience. This event will featureMurray Stein (supervising training analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology) presenting from Zurich andMargaret Wilkinson (member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology) presenting from Northern England, as well as presenters from the 29th Annual IASD International Conference held in Berkeley California (June 22 – 26, 2012). The IASD presenters include Ernest Hartmann, David Kahn, and Stanley Krippner with moderator Robert Hoss and Sonoma State University host Laurel McCabe. The seminar will be five hours in duration with a one hour break (11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Eastern time). Other partners in this event include Sonoma State University, the International School of Analytical Psychology, the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012
11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern US Time Zone)
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$47 per person – Live Viewing of Full Seminar (Includes access to recorded version)
$167 per person for Seminar and 8.0 hours of Professional Continuing Education Credit
[includes webinar viewing & re-viewing, brief exam & 8.0 CE Credits]


 Part 1: Zurich Presentation by Dr. Murray Stein (11 am ET)


“Tending the Lunar Mind – Dream Interpretation in Jungian Analysis”

Presented by Murray Stein


In an early work, Jung wrote about two types of thinking, directed and fantasy thinking, He had in mind what we might today see as the difference between left brain analytical thinking with words and right brain thinking in images and stories. The brain works differently in each mode, with different areas active and with different chemicals suffusing the neurons. Jung’s two types combine what we would now distinguish as right and left brain activity while awake and dream thinking while we are asleep. In referring to the lunar mind, I am speaking about the sleeping mind at work as it dreams us and also the (probably mostly) right brain activity that we use in active imagination. In Jungian psychoanalysis, we are concerned with bringing lunar and solar minds into contact with one another in the field of an analytic relationship, and working with dreams is an essential aspect of this process. In this lecture, I will discuss some of the ways Jungian psychoanalysts may work with dreams in analysis.

Murray Stein, Ph.D. is a training analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich (ISAP-Zurich) and a former president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He is the author of Jung’s Map of the Soul and the editor of Jungian Psychoanalysis.http://murraystein.com

Part 2. Northern England with Margaret Wilkinson (12 pm ET)

“Neurobiology, Metaphor and the Dreaming Process in Clinical Practice: a contemporary Jungian perspective.”

Presented by Margaret Wilkinson


In this presentation Margaret will discuss the nature and role of dream and the dreaming processand its use in clinical practice. Insights from contemporary neurobiology support rather than contest Jung’s view that emotional truth underpins the dreaming process. Recent imaging studies confirm that dreams are the mind’s vehicle for the processing of emotional states of being, particularly the fear, anxiety, anger or elation that often figure prominently. Dream sleep is also the guardian of memory, playing a part in forgetting, encoding and affective organization of memory.

In the clinical sections of the presentation Margaret will let the dreams speak, revealing the emotionally salient concerns of the dreamers in a way that demonstrates the healthy attempt of the brain-mind to come to terms with difficult emotional experience. The dreams become dreamable as part of the meaning-making process.

Margaret Wilkinson is a Jungian analyst and writer. She practices in England and has a special interest in what neurobiology teaches us about dreaming. Margaret Wilkinson is a professional member of the Society of Analytical Psychology, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. She leads neurobiology research reading seminars for The Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in Leeds and in Cambridge, and for The Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of numerous papers and two books: ‘Coming into mind. The mind-brain relationship: a Jungian clinical perspective’ (2006, Routledge) and ‘Changing Minds in Therapy. Emotion, Attachment, Trauma and Neurobiology’ (2010, Norton). She is in private practice in North Derbyshire, England.

Margaret is a Jungian analyst, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. Her degree is in history not in neuroscience, but as a historian she is particularly interested in the history and development of ideas and hence is open to new ways of thinking. As a clinician Margaret finds the new research into neurobiology, attachment, trauma and the dreaming process particularly relevant to her clinical practice.

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Part 3. IASD Presentations (2pm – 5 pm ET)  


David Kahn, PhD

Talk Title: Neuroscience looks at aspects of the self, the brain basis of self, and the emergence of self


Summary:  The presentation will cover aspects of the self, disorders of the self, brain structures responsible for self and its disorders, and how the self may be an emergent property of on-going brain activity.

BIO -David Kahn, PHD
David Kahn, PhD in Physics from Yale University, is an Instructor in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Advisor to the IASD Executive Committee.  He is a past president and former Board Chair of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and was a visiting professor at the Konrad Lorenz Institute, Altenberg, Austria. He has published a number of articles on self-organizing systems; subjects include urban transportation, eusocial societies, embryonic development and the dreaming brain.

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook University

Talk Title:  A Neuromythological Approach to Working with Dreams


Summary:  Carl Jung brought the topic of mythology into psychotherapy, and he wrote about his own “personal myth.” One approach to dreamwork is the identification of the functional or dysfunctional personal myth (or belief system) embedded in the dream. This personal myth usually is implicit or explicit in what Hartmann calls the “central image” of the dream. In addition, it typically serves as the “chaotic attractor” that self-organizes material drawn to it by the sleeping brain’s neural networks. Jung’s perspective on dreams is remarkably congruent with many findings in neuroscience as well as the self-regulatory processes that typify contemporary dream theoryand research.

BIO -Stanley Krippner, PhD
Stanley Krippner, PhD, professor of psychology at Saybrook University, San Francisco, is a Fellow in four APA divisions, and past-president of divisions 30 and 32. Formerly, he was director of the Kent State University Child Study Center and the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory. He is co-author of Extraordinary Dreams (2002), The Mythic Path, 3rd ed. (2006) and Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans (2007). He was also co-editor of Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums, and Other Extraordinary People (2010) and Perchance to dream: The frontiers of dream psychology (2009) and many other books.


Ernest Hartmann MD, Tufts University School of Medicine

Talk Title:   Research studies of the “Big Dream”  

Summary:  My collaborators and I have been studying what Jung called “big dreams” for some time. For various research studies we defined “big dreams” either as “memorable” dreams, as “important” dreams, as “especially significant”  dreams, and as “impactful” dreams. In each case we found that the “big dreams” were characterized by significantly higher Central Image Intensity than control groups of dreams – thus more powerful imagery. We did not find clear differences in Content Analysis scoring of these dreams. We will discuss these studies and also present a possible neurobiology of “big dreams.”

BIO -Ernest Hartmann, M.D.
Ernest Hartmann, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA. Dr. and (retired) Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Newton Wellesley Hospital.  Hartmann has done research on daydreaming, dreaming, nightmares, sleep, sleep disorders, and personality.  He is a past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and the first editor-in-chief of the journal Dreaming. His recent book, “The Natures and Function of Dreaming,” deals not only with the psychology of dreaming, but also its neurophysiology, endocrinology and biochemistry. He has developed the recent Contemporary Theory of Dreaming, and is also known for his work on boundaries in the mind. He is the author of 350 published articles and eleven books, including The Nature and Functions of Dreaming (2011), and Boundaries: a New Way to Look at the World (2011).

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Robert J. Hoss, MS   (moderator)

Talk Title:  Recent Neurological Studies Supportive of Jung’s Theories on Dreaming


Summary:  This presentation will highlight a number of theoretical statements regarding the nature of dreaming and the human psyche that are found in the works of Jung. For each theoretical concept a number of recent neurological studies or findings will be summarized which are suggestive of biological support. This will be further augmented with dream case examples to demonstrate how the findings might be observed in the dream story and imagery.

BIO – Robert J Hoss, MS
Robert Hoss, MS, is a Director and past President and Board Chair of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Director of the DreamScience Foundation for research grant funding, and advisory board of the Soul Medicine Institute. He is on the faculty of the Haden Institute and former adjunct faculty of such institutions as Sonoma State University. He is author of Dream Language (2005), the Dream to Freedom Technique (2013 pending) and has authored various book chapters or journal articles, related to dream color research, Jung and neuroscience plus the synergy of dreams and energy psychology.   He hosted the VoiceAmerica Dream Time Radio series and has lectured on dream studies for over 30 years. Before retiring early to pursue dream studies full time, he was a Corporate VP at American Express and IBM. As a former scientist, his approach to understanding dreams blends the science and neurology of dreaming with his Gestalt training and background in Jungian studies.  www.dreamscience.org

The Asheville Jung Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Asheville Jung Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course meets the qualifications for 8.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFT’s & LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (Provider #4958) Please contact your state (or international) licensing board to determine your board’s specific requirements.


Target Audience: MFTs, LCSWs, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, therapists and others wishing to gain a deeper understanding of Jungian Psychology
Instructional level: Intermediate
Credits: 8.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credits
Commercial Support for CE Seminar: None

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Northern England learning objectives:

1. Participants should begin to be able to relate insights from research in the field of neurobiology to the dreaming process as encountered in clinical practice.
2. Participants should gain understanding of the various ways in which metaphor presents in the consulting-room and be more able to think about evolving symbolizations as they may emerge in dream material in the course of an analysis.

IASD Learning Objectives:

1) Understand how some of the recent advances in neuroimaging and the resultant theoretical thought has provided potential support for certain of Jung’s theories regarding dreaming.

2) Understand what neuroscience has to say about the brain basis of the self and how the self may be an emergent property of on-going brain activity.

3) Understand how the the self-regulatory processes that typify contemporary dream theory and research are congruent with Jung’s perspective on dreams.

4) Understand the possible neurobiology of “big dreams

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Steve Buser, MD
Asheville Jung Center