The Myth of Psyche and Eros: Tasks Towards Individuation Study Group 1

Facilitator: Dr. Francesca Ferrentelli
Dates: Sundays of July 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 3-5 PM
Location: Online using a Zoom platform
Maximum Participants: 10
CE’s Possible: 8 with an additional $15 due 7-26-20


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The myth of Psyche and Eros is one of the most enduring and compelling myths. From Aphrodite’s anger to Psyche’s becoming immortal, we see an amazing journey of the soul. One can see Psyche’s tasks as a path towards individuation. Participants will read and discuss two short books: She by Robert Johnson and Amor and Psyche by Erich Neumann. Further, we will discuss how individuals can apply this myth to their own lives.

This study group will be offered online. Study group members will be contacted by Dr. Ferrentelli before the first session with a reading schedule and Zoom access information. Participants will need to purchase copies of She by Robert Johnson and Amor and Psyche by Erich Neumann.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn how Psyche’s tasks and challenges apply to the process of individuation and a drive towards wholeness.
  2. Just as Psyche sees Eros and her life is turned around, participants will learn the ways individuals move from a blissful existence to “seeing” and how that can disrupt one’s current life.
  3. Participants will learn how other requests must be ignored when one is on the path towards wholeness.
  4. Participants will compare and contrast the treatments that Johnson and Neumann apply towards this myth and be able to interpret a myth from different perspectives.
  5. Participants will learn how these concepts can apply to their own lives.

Francesca Ferrentelli, Ph.D. is a Jungian-influenced therapist in private practice. She is a licensed professional counselor, a board certified coach, and a certified EMDR therapy clinician. She has been working in the treatment of trauma since 1991. She earned a Master’s Degree in Professional Psychology from Lindenwood University in 1993 and a Doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2003. She has led numerous study groups for the C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis and serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President.