Analytical Psychology • Seminars • by Dragutin Vučković

Analytical Psychology

Croatian Association for Analytical Psychology invites you to series of Lectures and Seminars titled Fundamentals of Analytical Psychology.

Analytical Psychology

For attendance one does not need any specialized knowledge or education and it is intended for all who want to learn more about themselves, work on their personal development or use ideas of analytical psychology in his or her profession.

If you are a psychiatrist, pedagogue, you work with people with disabilities, you are social worker, artist, ethnologist, your professional career is related to those areas or you are just curious about knowing yourself, then the knowledge and skills you will learn can open up a way to different approach and thinking about personal and professional challenges in the spirit of C. G. Jung’s analytical psychology.

Time, Place and Fee

The program consists of 10 lectures / seminars, 2 hours in duration that are held during 3-5 days.

If you live abroad, there are two possibilities as to how to attend these lectures.

First one is having these lectures in your country / town. The organization of these lectures is mostly up to you. That means that you should rent or own a place where they will be held and pay the fee which consists of two parts. The first part is fee of 250€ per participant (minimum of 8); the second part are traveling expenses for lecturer which depend on your country of origin.

Other possibility is for you or your group to visit Croatia, see its historical monuments and natural wonders and during the evenings we can meet in Zagreb where we will learn about and discuss analytical psychology. In this case, you don’t have to worry about the organization since this is up to us. All you have to do is to apply and when there will be enough participants (minimum of 5)  we will try to find a date that is agreeable for everyone. The lecturing fee for this kind of program is 250€ per participant.

Lectures and Seminar Subjects

1. Unconscious and its Empirical Manifestations

Does the unconscious exist? If so, what is it? In which way does it manifest and how does it influence our lives? On such and similar questions we will try to give answer through interactive lecture and seminar.

  • The concept of the unconscious in history of philosophy and art.
  • The idea of the unconscious in theories of Adler and Freud.
  • The role of the unconscious in artistic creations and scientific discoveries.
  • Disturbing effects of the unconscious and its developmental tendencies.
  • Association experiment in analytical psychology.

2. Psychological Types

Typology has enormous influence on personal and professional relationships, choice of the career and the direction of our psychological development. What is psychological orientation? What is the difference between the extroversion and the introversion? What are the psychological functions? In which way does the environment influence the development of genetically determined dominant function? Except for the answers to these questions, we will try feel our way as to the dominant function and the psychological orientation of the participants.

  • Historical introduction to the typology and the attitude of consciousness.
  • Rational and irrational functions of consciousness.
  • Primary, auxiliary and inferior function.
  • Description of the types.
  • Typology and the choice of the career, relationships, individuation and neurosis.

3. The Nature and the Structure of the Psyche (I)

In the last two sessions we found out that there exists something we called the unconscious psyche. Today we go further and we will try to propose a model of the psyche that takes into account consciousness and the unconscious. We will be speaking about complexes that are responsible for out problems, about archetypes as healthy tendency of the psyche and symbols, their purpose and their meaning.

  • Theories and categories of the complexes.
  • Autonomy and phenomenology of the complexes.
  • Complexes in neurosis and psychosis.
  • Archetypes and symbols in analytical psychology.
  • Psychological compensation.
  • Archetypes in the context of personal relationships (shadow, persona, anima and animus).

4. The Nature and the Structure of the Psyche (II)

Psychological energy is intuitive concept that helps us understand dynamic processes that are going on in our psyche. When it manifests, it can be recognized through the activity of our urges, instincts, wishes, desires, affects and emotions. Today we will be talking about energetic tendencies of the unconscious that are in dynamic relationship with our consciousness and exert a great influence upon it. Simply said, today’s subject is psycho-dynamics.

  • Psychic energy.
  • Regression and progression.
  • Transcendental function.
  • Instinct and the unconscious.
  • Synchronicity.

5. Psychology of Myths and Fairy Tales

Complexes, archetypes and symbols determine our psychology. The most basic way to familiarize with their psycho-dynamics is by researching fairy tales. What are fairy tales and myths and why are we researching them? What is the difference between myths and fairy tales? How can they help us in our work with children, adults and our individuation? Except answers to these questions we will try to interpret one Croatian fairy tale.

  • Fairy tales, analytical psychology and psychotherapy.
  • Types of archetypal stories.
  • Suggestion of a method of interpretation.
  • Example of myth or fairy tale interpretation.

6. Psychology, Religion and Ethnology

Archetypes and our own psychology with them, we can research through religious teachings and rituals of archaic man. In what king of relationship are psychology and religion? What can we learn, about ourselves, from religion an customs of an archaic man and are we really so different from him? Through examples from ethnology and religion we will try to understand the psychological problems of modern man and the ways of dealing with them.

  • Autonomy of the unconscious.
  • Religion, ethnology and psychological attitude.
  • Examples of psychological interpretation of religious rituals, stories, motifs or persons.
  • Religion, ethnology and individuation.

7. Psychology and Alchemy

Individuation is a process of psychological growth and development and inner or outer obstacle to its natural flow can lead to neurosis. In what way complexes, archetypes and dreams affect the process of individuation? During this session we will try to show how alchemy and its symbols can help us understand the process of psychological development and transformation of personality.

  • Experience of the unconscious.
  • Alchemy and science.
  • Projection in analytical psychology and psychotherapy.
  • Psychological meaning of alchemical operations and symbols.
  • Mandala and its psychological meaning.

8. Psychology of Dreams

Dreams are always connected with a certain problem toward which we have inappropriate attitude and they represent a certain reaction to this attitude. As our body reacts when it is too hot or when we do not take care of it, so our psyche reacts when out attitudes toward life are inappropriate. Which are the two main dream theories in analytical psychology. What is the relationship between complexes, archetypes, symbols and dreams? How can we understand our dreams? On these and other questions we will try to answer during today’s session.

  • Importance of dreams for our psychological health.
  • Causes and types of dreams.
  • Meaning of dreams.
  • Dream interpretation in analytical psychology.
  • Exercise in simple dream interpretation.

9. Psychological Interpretation of Pictures

As long as he existed man had irresistible desire to shape and create. This process of creation is close parallel to psychological development and the act of creation of personality. Today we will be talking about pictures, ways of finding out their meaning, their material and formal characteristics, symbolism of colors, space, numbers and motifs that occur in it. We will try to find out why is the picture so important for analytical psychology.

  • Approaching the image in analytical psychology.
  • Material and formal characteristics of a picture.
  • Space symbolism.
  • Symbolism of colors, numbers and motifs.
  • Pictures as diagnostic tools.
  • Interpretation of picture series.

10. Active Imagination

What can we do when we are under the influence of a strong complex or when we are under control of a strong emotion that disables our normal functioning? One of the approaches to this problem is active imagination. What is active imagination and when and who should do it? In what way is it connected with creativity and what is its purpose and meaning? On this and other questions we will try to answer during this session.

  • Specifics of active imagination in contrast to other imagination techniques.
  • Theoretical basis of active imagination.
  • Technique and dangers of active imagination.
  • Exercise in active imagination.


Dragutin Vučković graduated as Jungian analyst at C. G. Jung Institute Zürich, Küsnacht, Switzerland. Before studying analytical psychology, he studied physics and graduated economics of entrepreneurship in Zagreb. He is a member of International Association for Analytical Psychology, analyst of C. G. Jung Institute Dallas, accredited analyst of C. G. Jung Institute and president of Croatian Association for Analytical Psychology.

He works in private practice near Zagreb, Croatia, lectures and writes a blog about analytical psychology.


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