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C. G. Jung's Relationship to Nature

C. G. Jung's Relationship to Nature


Note: You will need a computer to download this onto. Phone and tablet downloads not recommended. 


Course description:

In many ways, C. G. Jung was the first practicing ecopsychologist. He regarded the psyche (conscious and unconscious taken together) as intimately connected with the natural world. This connection, so often neglected by mainstream psychology and psychiatry, was personally important to him, and he consciously embraced it throughout his life.


In this course we examine Jung’s nature writings and critically assess what he wrote and said about how human consciousness inhabits our homeworld. We will see where Jungian psychology and the tools and ideas it offers help us understand our relations with nature and where they inhibit it. That will include working with nature symbolism in dreams, a glance at alchemy as a mythic ecology, and a perusal of nature wisdom folklore. We will also discuss the relevance of Jung’s contributions to adapting to life on a rapidly heating planet.


This course is adapted from a 14-week course I taught in higher ed. It contains a course outline, 10.4 hours of lecture, links to recommended videos, and supplementary reading materials. 


Course modules:

  1. Nature in Early Psychology
  2. Jung's Relationship to Nature
  3. Ecopsychology
  4. Plants and Animals
  5. Archetypes in Nature
  6. Synchronicities Abroad
  7. Eco Dreaming
  8. Folklore and the Natural World
  9. When Things Speak
  10. The Book of Nature
  11. Alchemy
  12. Psychological Types
  13. Jung's Key Archetypes
  14. Terrapsychology


Lectures are via mp3 files. The download zip file size is 354.6 MB. 


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