Jung through the LifeSpan: Special Topics in Psychological Development

5 consecutive Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Eastern Time, USA, online only via Zoom.
Beginning February 26, 2024
Instructor: David Rottman, MA

This course is not offered for NYS CE contact hours.

“The highest joy of man should be the growth of personality.” C.G. Jung quoting Goethe in C.G. Jung Collected Works Vol. 8, ¶ 731

In this course we will make a survey--a broad overview--of Jung’s ideas about psychological development over the course of a lifetime. Our five topics will be 1. Pregnancy, Conception and Birth 2. Childhood, Adolescence and Initiation into Adulthood. 3. Work and Relationships 4. Renewal and Rebirth and Coming to Self-Awareness, and 5. Death, Dying and the Afterlife.

For these five topics, one perspective will unite our approach: the perspective that comes from viewing the development of a person as a whole through life’s stages, aiming at the completion of life’s goal, which Jung called individuation.

Readings will consist of handouts for each class session.

Class sessions:

1.  Pregnancy, Conception and Birth: We will discuss Marie-Louise Von Franz’s ideas about what a pregnant woman needs to do while her child is gestating. We will ask what is the meaning in our time of the old folk and religious ideas about what the soul experiences before birth.

2. Childhood, Adolescence and initiation into Adulthood : Jung’s emphasis on how children live in the unconscious of their parents, through participation mystique, will guide our discussion of the role of the analytic vs. synthetic approach to understanding the impact of childhood. A key topic will be how (tribal) initiation turns a young person into a human being, from a less-than-human stage.

3. Work and Relationships: Jung’s ideas about work created controversy for him, but he decided he was right all along. We will discuss how his ideas about marriage are as relevant today as they were when he wrote 100 years ago. Our discussion questions will include: What does it take to bring off marriage as the union of opposites?

4. Renewal and Rebirth: When we reach a dead end in life--when we have no more means for creative living available in consciousness—what then? We will discuss Jung’s finding that the unconscious can bring up images that have the potential to renew and reenergize our worn-out attitudes and behaviors.

5. Death, Dying and the Afterlife: In his autobiography, Jung introduced the idea that we need to have a personal view of what happens after life, because it’s psychologically healthy to have such a view. We will review the many ideas about death, dying and the Afterlife that we get from Jung, Aniela Jaffe and Marie-Louise Von Franz.



Mary Apikos taught at Parsons School of Design NYC for 17 years. She taught inter-disciplinary courses about aspects of design culture that fell through the cracks to people who fell through the cracks. She is ABD in Cultural Anthropology from CUNY Graduate Center and has worked as an ethnographic textile conservator at the Museum of the American Indian, George Heye Foundation NYC and in private practice where she specialized in the care of sacred materials. In 2022 Mary completed a one-year remote applied arts program at the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies in South Africa and is on staff at The London Arts Based Research Centre. She is a working artist and currently resides in Chicago. Her work can be seen on her website maryapikos.com

Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP, is a senior Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  Former President of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, he is also a longtime faculty member. He has taught courses in dream interpretation online and in person for over 25 years.  He has published numerous papers on dream interpretation, Jungian psychology, narcissistic injury, systems theory and autism.

David Rottman, MA, is past President of the C.G. Jung Foundation and is a member of the Jung Foundation’s Continuing Education Faculty. He is the author of The Career as a Path to the Soul. He was the editor and publisher for The Way of the Image by Yoram Kaufmann. He has a private practice in New York City.

Maria Taveras, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  She is also an award-winning creator of Dream Art.  She creates art from images in her own dreams and is the recipient of two Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for her Dream Art.  Her Dream Art has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, London, Montreal, and Cape Town.



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Program Information


$150 per single-day program registration. There are no scholarships available for this program.

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All 5-week courses are $175 for the general public and $150 for members.


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$175 General Public

$150 Members


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 Class size is limited. Early registration is strongly recommended. Refunds for continuing education courses, less $15 for administrative services, will be made up to seven days before the first session. There will be no refunds issued after classes have begun. No exceptions will be made. Programs are subject to change without notice.


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