The Psychological Meaning of

Redemption Motifs in Fairytales


Marie-Louise von Franz

This course meets the qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education

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The Psychological Meaning of

Redemption Motifs in Fairytales

by noted Jungian Analyst Marie-Louise von Franz

Redemption Motifs in Fairy Tales
In this book consisting of seven lectures delivered at the Jung Institute of Zurich in 1956, von Franz distinguishes between the Christian idea of redemption and the psychological meaning of redemption motifs in fairy tales in which one is cursed or bewitched and later redeemed through certain occurrences. She discusses motifs from various tales to show different types of curses that have important psychological meaning; a human being in a neurotic state might be compared to a bewitched person in which one particular structure of the psyche is damaged in its functioning and the whole is affected. She comments that such fairy tales do not dwell much on problems of the curse but on the method of redemption, which is relevant to therapeutic procedures and the healing process.(Cross-Currents of Jungian Thought: An Annotated Bibliography by Donald R. Dyer (Shambhala Publications, 1991)

Learning Objectives

In this 5 unit course:

1. Clinicians will learn about how to follow a symbol for its deeper meanings

2. Clinicians will become familiarized with the technique of fairytale and symbol interpretation

3. Clinicians will be introduced to how fairytales mirror the precess of psychological growth

4. Clinicians will be introduced to Jungian concepts through symbol and fairytale interpretation

This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.

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Marie-Louise von Franz, Ph.D. (1915-1998), worked closely with Jung from 1934 until his death in 1961.

"...there were those who hailed her as the queen of Jungian psychology. She was an expert on fairy tales who had been both Carl Gustav Jung's most brilliant and inspired disciple and the one who had done the most to illuminate the flame since his death in 1961.

Known as a compassionate and effective analyst who interpreted more than 65,000 dreams, she lectured widely in the United States and elsewhere, all the while insisting that the goal of the Jungian thought was not to become a Jungian but one's own unique self.

For Dr. von Franz, the process of individuation, Jung's term for finding and embracing oneself, was a lifelong pursuit.

To the end, dreams remained an important part of her quest. A few weeks before her death, Dr. von Franz, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, told a friend of a dream in which her disease had vanished, leaving her completely healed. She said the dream had brought her great joy." (Robert McG. Thomas, Jr., New York Times, March 23, 1998)

She is the author of many books on Jungian psychology, including:
Alchemical Active Imagination
Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology
Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales
Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche
Archetypal Patterns in Fairy Tales
Aurora Consurgens: A document attributed to Thomas Aquinas on the problem of opposites in alchemy
C. G. Jung: His Myth in Our Time
The Cat: A Tale of Feminine Redemption
Creation Myths / Patterns of Creativity Mirrored in Creation Myths
Dreams: A Study of the Dreams of Jung, Descartes, Socrates, and Other Historical Figures
Encounters With the Soul: Active Imagination as developed by C. G. Jung
The Feminine in Fairytales
The Golden Ass of Apuleius: The Liberation of the Feminine in Man
The Grail Legend
Muhammad ibn Umail's HALL AR-RUMUZ ('Clearing of Enigmas'): Historical Introduction and Psychological Comment
In the Wake of Jung: A Selection from Harvest
Individuation in Fairytales
The Interpretation of Fairytales / An Introduction to the Interpretation of Fairy Tales
Jung's Typology / Lectures on Jung's Typology (essay: "The Inferior Function")
Light From the Darkness (The Art of Peter Birkhauser)
Lilith-The First Eve: Historical and Psychological Aspects of the Dark Feminine
Man and His Symbols
Meetings With Jung: Conversations Recorded During the Years, 1946-1961
The Mother: Archetypal Image in Fairy Tales
Number and Time: Reflections Leading Toward a Unification of Depth Psychology and Physics
On Divination and Synchronicity: The Psychology of Meaningful Chance
On Dreams and Death: A Jungian Interpretation
The Passion of Perpetua
Projection and Re-Collection in Jungian Psychology: Reflections of the Soul
Psyche and Matter
Puer Aeternus: A Psychological Study of the Adult Struggle with the Paradise of Childhood / The Problem of the Puer Aeternus
The Psychological Meaning of Redemption Motifs in Fairytales
Shadow and Evil in Fairytales
Time, Rhythm and Repose
The Way of the Dream
What is Death?

Please visit Inner City Books for more information on Marie-Louise von Franz, including reminiscences, etc. von Franz was the Honorary Patron of Inner City Books, and had the following books published there:

Redemption Motifs in Fairy Tales
On Divination and Synchronicity
Alchemy: An Introduction
Archetypal Patterns in Fairy Tales
C.G. Jung: His Myth in Our Time
The Cat
The Problem of the Puer Aeternus
Aurora Consurgens
Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales

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