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Presented by: Zoltán Köváry, PhD
Why do we make the choices that we do? How conscious are we of the choices we make and what factors most influence those choices? How free are we in the process of making choices, and to what degree are we predisposed to choose and act in potentially predetermined ways?
Leopold Szondi (1893-1986), proposed that there is a “family unconscious” that can greatly influence our choices; that there is a strong pull toward acting out of a multigenerational family heritage – an unconscious pull that compels us to repeat old and oftentimes dysfunctional patterns. In this way, Szondi was an originator of the concept of personal transgenerational psychology. Szondi conceived of the family unconscious as existing between Freud’s individual unconscious – which Szondi believed speaks the language of symptoms, and Jung’s collective unconscious – which Szondi believed speaks the language of symbols. Szondi believed that the family unconscious speaks the language of choices and without enough self-reflection and self-knowledge, that unconscious force can restrict one’s aliveness and even prevent one from truly being oneself.
In this webinar, Zoltán Kőváry shares his understanding of Leopold Szondi’s “Fate Analysis” and how to employ this approach in psychotherapy to help clients access their capacities to manifest the positive and liberating potential in their family unconscious and to bridge and balance inherent existential polarities like fate and freedom. Professor Kőváry will also integrate his work on the process of psychobiography (a qualitative method in creativity research to unfold personal influences in an artist’s/scientist’s life-work) by discussing how Szondi’s theories support psychobiographical exploration.
The significance of Leopold Szondi’s Fate Analysis
Experiential segment: Consider the influence of the family unconscious in your life in small groups!
The practical application of Szondi’s theories in psychobiographical research.
March 4th, 2023
Fee: $20 ($10 for Elders – 65 and over, and students in a graduate program)
Zoltán Kőváry, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, litterateur and linguist, writer, musician and amateur ornithologist. He is an associate professor of Clinical Psychology and Addiction at Eötvös Loánd University, Budapest, Hungary and also has a diploma in existential counselling (SFTR). He is the author of four books, the editor or co-editor of a few others and has published dozens of articles in Hungarian and English on psychoanalysis, existential psychology, creativity, dreams, psychobiography and ecopsychology. He is also in private practice, working in an existential context, and is currently being trained in Daseinsanalysis and Logotherapy.
Fate Analysis Journal Article
If you’re interested in registering but would like to find out more about Szondi’s “Fate Analysis”, read this article written by Szondi expert Enikő Csilla Kiss, “Personality and the Familial Unconscious in Szondi’s Fate-Analysis” [PDF, English].