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Stories as Medicine: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Stories as Medicine: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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A workshop exploring the story of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and all things psychology connected to it.

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This stories' as medicine workshop we will be discussing the story of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Children and adults have been spellbound by J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story arc of the whole series concerns Harry's struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic and subjugate all wizards and Muggles (non-magical people).

Stories' as Medicine workshops are group discussion spaces exploring stories to expand our understanding of individual and collective psychology. In this event we explore some of the archetypal imagery and symbols in the tale. We also take a look at the role of Harry Potter in therapy, and some of the ways in which we might consider using this story as a therapeutic tool.

Unsurprisingly, given the rich use of archetypal character, narrative and imagery, many therapeutic connections have been made by psychologists and psychotherapists. For example, Janina Scarlett mixes lessons from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with Potter terminology: psychological skills become wizarding skills, emotions are to be understood and explored. David Trickey uses a variety of metaphors to help explain to clients why thinking about or talking through a traumatic event can help to ‘process’ the memory and treat post-traumatic symptoms . The story has also been made use of in traumatology and cognitive science.

From a Jungian psychological perspective in the Harry Potter novels, J.K. Rowling is taking her readers on a journey through the process of individuation. Harry's quest for individuation is charmed, and it is this charm that appeals to every reader in the midst of his or her own personal quest.

In Kello and Kelly’s Jungian analysis of the story: “The story of Harry Potter is an epic moral struggle of the opposites of good and evil. The defining challenge on the path of individuation is the confrontation with what Jung called the Shadow, an integral part of the self that the conscious ego will at first refuse to acknowledge. Many avoid this challenge with the consequence that the Shadow is projected out into the environment onto others. The lesson to take away from Jung's insight is that we can learn about ourselves by reflecting on that which we find most irritating and reprehensible in the world.“

With regard to group psychology, sociological interpretations of Harry Potter offered by Sims Jenn, show us this is a story of a world governed by hierarchies of social class, status and power. Not dissimilar from our own. In the story we can see how society shapes a person’s personality and traits and how an individual, in turn, can also affect the social structure.

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Date: Saturday 20th August 2022

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (UK)

Place: Zoom Room link

Introductions. Brief presentation giving overview of the tale. Including psychology context and common psychological interpretations. Group Reflections.

This workshop aims to introduce you to the key archetypal symbols and imagery of the tale and provide space for reflection. By the end of the workshop participants will have:

  • An understanding of the story from several different psychological perspectives .
  • An understanding of the core archetypes and imagery in the tale.
  • Practical ideas about how to use this story as a therapeutic metaphor.
  • An experience of using group reflection to connect more deeply to a story.

THIS WORKSHOP IS SUITABLE FOR:

This 2 hour workshop is for anyone interested in stories, psychology and Harry Potter. It may be of particular interest to psychologists and therapists - including those who are professionally established and those just starting out in their career.

There are a maximum 14 spaces available for the workshop.

All are welcome to the group however there is an explicit invitation to people who have experiences of being in marginalised groups . For example: people from BAME communities, disabled people, people that identify as LGBTQ, people who have a religious faith, people who identify as working class, people with lived experience of mental health problems.

If you would like to join the mailing list regarding the group please contact me at: mail@libbynugent.com and mention this group.

Contact Dr Libby Nugent for more information; twitter: @becomingethical; email: mail@libbynugent.com; telephone: 07990546964.

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