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Greek Myths and Therapy.  Summer  Sessions 2022.  Circe, Medea and Medusa.

Greek Myths and Therapy. Summer Sessions 2022. Circe, Medea and Medusa.

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These three workshops are group discussions of three greek myths and all things therapy or psychology related. All interested welcome.

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Women who strayed from the standard in ancient Greece were often depicted as monsters and villains in both art and literature. Medea, Medusa and Circe prior to their villainization, were described as powerful and beautiful women.

Their actions however, strayed from the expectations society had of them, and as a result they were villainized.

Medea was a sorceress, whose ability to kill was initially celebrated and seen as heroic, she became a villain after betraying Jason and killing their children .

Medusa becomes a literal monster after being cursed by Athena, her transformation occurs because she was 'raped' and violated by a God.

Circe (Medea's aunt)was also a sorceress from ancient Greek myth, the daughter of the sun god Helios and either his wife, the Oceanid Perse, or the goddess of dark magic, Hecate, depending on which version you believe. Circe’s name means ‘falcon’ and she was very beautiful, but would turn men into swine if the mood took her.

Professor Jack Zipes, a renowned author and expert on fairy tales and myths observes “myths and fairy tales seem to know something we do not know ... We keep returning to them for answers.” We may discard them as nonsense, but “these lies are often the lies that govern our lives.”

Another way to look at myths is to view them as symbolic representations of our internal psychic world. By examining their narratives, we gain access to the deepest workings of our minds and hearts. “Mythology is a psychology of antiquity,” writes James Hillman, the great archetypal Jungian analyst, in The Dream and the Underworld. And “psychology is a mythology of modernity.”

This workshop space also uses some understandings from group analysis. Some of the basic principles of group analysis are that the essence of the human is social not individual: so that each person is basically and centrally determined by the world they live in. Group analysis also understands that the individual is a nodal point in a network of social processes. Difficulties are a result of blocked flow of communication. Communication is said to operate at five levels: Conscious communication; Transference level; Projection level; Corporal level; Collective unconscious: archetypes, symbols and archaic tribal motifs. Group analytic spaces are dedicated to developing increasingly articulate/ conscious communication on matters of relationship and being human.

This is a space to discuss stories as a group: bringing our thoughts, reactions and associations to the material presented. This summer block is a series of three sessions. Each session covers a different myth. You are welcome to attend as many as you like.

At the beginning of each session there will be a brief presentation thinking about:

- History of the Story

- Common interpretations of this story

- Symbolism in the tale and Archetypal Imagery.

The group will then spend the majority of time sharing reflections, thoughts and associations to the story. Experiencing in action how through the group ‘s discussion, meeting our reactions, our connection to symbols, imagery and association along the way, we might enable each other to better understand ourselves, each other and some of the stories we all live.

These workshops are for anyone interested in psychology and stories. It may be of particular interest to psychologists and therapists - including those who are professionally established and those just starting out.

The three myths to be explored include:

1. Circe: Monday 7pm - 8:30pm , 9th May. 2022

2. Medusa: Monday 7pm - 8:30pm , 6th June 2022

3. Medea: Monday 7pm - 8:30pm , 11th July. 2022

COST: £25 for each session, per person.

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