Music is everywhere in our lives, both waking and sleeping, inside and out. But much of our musical ecosystem remains unheard in a state of non-representation. Drawing on Jungian, post-Jungian, and contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives, these When Psyche Sings offerings (Friday night lecture and this Saturday workshop) will explore the place of the acoustic imaginal within our psychic ecology and within our current fractured world of splitting and polarization.
The perception of sound triggers psychic contents, and music mediates between our internal and external experience of consciousness through its affective impact on our symbolic imagination. Like a sound engineer, who can stop Time toward differentiation and integration, we will deeply listen together to the soundscape metabolization process of our auditory digestive system toward the fundamental psychoanalytic goal of hearing what cannot yet be seen.
By distilling music into its basic archetypal elements, an approach is illustrated for working with musical symbols within analysis, referred to as Archetypal Music Psychotherapy. Through locating the role that acoustic images, both imaginal and material, play in our affective and archetypal engagement with our world, we will explore the contribution that musical processes offer to the wholeness and teleology of the individuation process intrapersonally, relationally, and collectively.
Saturday workshop participants will:
- Identify the major components of Archetypal Music Psychotherapy
- Be able to apply some of these to their own life and work
- Increase their attunement to the acoustic world around them (intrapersonally, interpersonally, and transpersonally)
Joel Kroeker is a Canadian Swiss-trained Jungian psychoanalyst, clinical supervisor, and Music-Centred Psychotherapist. He is on faculty as an instructor at the CG Jung Institute Zürich and the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies. He is the founding international workshop facilitator of Archetypal Music Psychotherapy (AMP) and an international recording and touring artist.
He divides his time between his clinical practice and teaching Jungian-oriented courses across Brazil, Europe, and North America. His new book, Jungian Music Psychotherapy: When Psyche Sings (Routledge, 2019) is a finalist for the IAJS (International Association for Jungian Studies) book award.