WFCRP Plenary 2020

Plenary Topic: Transforming the Negative Father Complex

Plenary Speaker:
Lisa Marchiano, LCSW, Jungian Analyst








Lisa Marchiano, LCSW


About the Plenary Topic:

A negative father complex can undermine our trust in ourselves and influence our ability to experience ourselves as basically good and competent.  However, creative engagement with this complex allows us to experience its helpful side.  Over the course of the weekend, we will explore in depth several ways that a negative father complex can manifest – as well as how it can be transformed.  We will explore Jung’s theory of complexes and consider how a wounded relationship with a father can affect our inner world and our creativity.  After looking at the two primary ways that a negative father complex can manifest, we will explore the persecutory or monstrous complex in greater depth.  The Algonquin fairytale “Nesoowa and the Chenoo” will structure our exploration, which will include journaling and reflective exercises.  Excerpts from films, a dream sequence that spanned several years of analytic work, and additional fairytales will also be considered. We will also consider the seductive negative father complex, and in doing so will spend time looking at Charlotte Brontë’s life and her novel Jane Eyre, as well as clinical material, dreams, and Grimm’s tale “The Singing, Springing Lark.”


About the Plenary Speaker:

Lisa Marchiano, LCSW is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Philadelphia. She is on the faculty of the Philadephia Jung Institute, and is the author of numerous articles and chapters. She is one of the cohosts of the popular podcast “This Jungian Life,” and has a book on motherhood as an individuation opportunity due out in the spring of 2021 from Sounds True Publishing.

Additional reading:

  1. Marrying Mr. Rochester: Redeeming the Negative Father Complex” by Lisa Marchiano, in Psychological Perspectives: A Quarterly Journal of Jungian Thought, vol 60, 2017 Issue 1, pages 91 – 102.

2. “On the Nature of Podcast Dreams by Lisa Marchiano, in Dreamtime Magazine (www.asdreams.org) Winter 2020

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