Imposter Syndrome and the ‘AS-If’ Personality in Analytical Psychology
November 7th, 14th, 28th, December 5th, 2023
4 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom
What you will receive:
- 4 Live Webinar Sessions with Q & A
- 4 Links to the Recordings
- 4 CEC’s
This on-line series explores the fragility of self in the ‘As-If’ Personality, the popularly termed imposter syndrome and the illusions about themselves and others. The ‘as-if’ person is both the mirror and the mask, presenting a self in artifice, often associated with narcissism. Known for a slickly contrived persona/ego image, behind it the ‘as-if’ person withdraws into fantasy and illusionary worlds. The self-isolation, loneliness, although hidden behind veils and facade, hurts. The issues affect intimacy with oneself and others due to the difficulty being present and the tendency to singularity. The topics encompass not belonging, sexual addiction, aging, the cultural influence of social media, the role of the father and mother, body image and the dissociation of split selves. All these are promoted by the culture of social media where reality and illusion are often blurred. These complex aspects are explored through composite clinical examples, dreams and a fairytale as we seek to ground this elusive personality type. The purpose of exploring the ‘as-if’ and imposter personality is to nurture awareness to find what can be replenishing and regenerative to the person and culture.
The presentation welcomes clinical examples from participants for discussion.
This Course is Ideal If:
You are interested in:
- Identifying aspects of the ‘as-if’ personality according to the schema of Jungian analytical psychology
- Gaining awareness of Jungian therapeutic/analytical work with this personality type
- Exploring analytical defenses like psychic retreat, false self, and ‘as-if’ for expanding the personality
- Defining the ‘As-If’ Personality
- Tracing the Imposter Syndrome through the fairytale journey
- Examining the Jungian approach to narcissism
- Exploring the mythology of Narcissus and Echo
Week One: Defining aspects of the ‘As-If’ Personality in Jungian terminology
Week Two: Analyzing a fairytale to explore the Imposter Syndrome and ‘As-If’ Personality
Week Three: Components of the narcissistic personality in Jungian parlance
Week Four: Narcissus and Echo as aspects of the personality and the loss oftheir bodies
By the End of This Course You Will Be Able To:
- Examine the characteristics defining the Jungian concept of narcissism
- Trace the mis-attunements and early familial wounds shaping this personality aspect
- Describe the shadow and neglected aspects of the imposter personality type adversely affecting relationship to self and others
- Identify insights into the manifestation and possible transformation in Jungian analytical/therapeutic treatment
Bibliography, Reading List, PDFs, Creative Prompts/Reflective Questions, Films to Watch
Connolly, A. (2013). Out of the body: embodiment and its vicissitudes. Journal of
Analytical Psychology. 58, 5. pp. 636-656.
Hillman, J. (1989). Puer Papers. Dallas: Spring Publications.
Jung, C.G. (1909/1969). The significance of the Father in the Destiny of the Individual.
Collected Works 4. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Jung, C.G. (1938/1954). Psychological aspects of the mother archetype.
Collected Works 9i. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Jung, C.G. (1931). The aims of psychotherapy.
Collected Works 16. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Meredith-Owen, W. (2011). Jung’s shadow: negation and narcissism of the Self. Journal
of Analytical Psychology. 56, pp.674–691.
Mollon, P. (1994). The Fragile Self: The Structure of Narcissistic Disturbance.
London: Whurr Pub Ltd.
Ovid. The Metamorphoses of Ovid. Trans. Allen Mandelbaum. San Diego, New
York, London: Harcourt, Inc., 1993
Schwartz-Salant, N. (1982). Narcissism and Character Transformation: The Psychology
of Narcissistic Character Disorders. Toronto: Inner City Books.
Solomon, H. (2004). “Self creation and the limitless void of dissociation: the as if
personality,” Journal of Analytical Psychology, 49: 635-656.
Solomon, H. (2007). The Self in Transformation. London: Karnac.
von Franz. M.L.(1996). Interpretation of Fairytales. Toronto: Inner City Press
November 7th, 14th, 28th, December 5th, 2023
Noon – 1:00 PM PST
- $225 General Rate
- $175 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
- $125 Pacifica Student Rate
- $30 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) Fee
Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.
Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.
About the Teacher
Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D. trained in Zurich, Switzerland as a Jungian analyst is also a clinical psychologist and member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. She presents to numerous Jungian conferences and teaching programs in the USA and worldwide.
Susan has articles in several journals and chapters in books on Jungian analytical psychology. Her book The Absent Father Effect on Daughters, Father Desire, Father Wounds is translated into several languages. Another book also published by Routledge is entitled, The Imposter Syndrome and The ‘As-If’ Personality in Analytical Psychology: The Fragility of Self. Her Jungian analytical practice is in Paradise Valley, Arizona and her website is www.susanschwartzphd.com.
Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.
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Continuing Education Credit
This program meets qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.
This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications of 4 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177). Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for each program and its content. Full day attendance is required to receive a certificate.
Continuing Education Goal. Pacifica Graduate Institute is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.
CECs and Online Program Attendance: Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.