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Fridays @ CCP: The Haunting of Hill House:Psyche, Soma, and Destiny (Marilyn Charles, PhD)

  • 14 May 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
  • 337


  • If you are a current CCP member, events are free of charge.
  • Non-CCP members who are also not students
  • Non-CCP members who are students. (No Continuing Education credit provided.)

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Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP

(Richmond, MA)

The Haunting of Hill House: Psyche, Soma, and Destiny

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM Presentation and discussion

About the presentation: Fairy tales and horror stories inhabit the realm of terrible truths and afford the opportunity to survive and work through them. Psychoanalysis invites us to enter more deeply into that enigmatic realm of imagistic, oneiric meanings and invites us to explore possibilities beyond the concrete manifestations of daily life, to penetrate the mysteries and discover the patterns.  I will use lenses of theory alongside literature and screen portrayals of a haunted house to investigate the realm of the uncanny and explore ways in which we are haunted by truths we fail to face.   (93).

Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, is a staff psychologist and psychoanalyst at the Austen Riggs Center. She is a training and supervising analyst at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis as well as the International Coordinator of the Psychoanalytic Track at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM).  Dr. Charles is also Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS), in addition to being a contributing editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society. She is actively engaged in mentoring, promoting community involvement and socially relevant research. 

Dr. Charles’  interests include creativity, psychosis, reflective function and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. She is an artist, a poet, and a writer, having published over 100 articles and book chapters as well as five books, including Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan,  and  Psychoanalysis and Literature.  She has, in addition, edited five volumes, including: Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering (with Michael O’Loughlin), Women and Psychosis and Women and the Psychosocial Construction of Madness (with Marie Brown), and The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education: (with Jill Bellinson.)

Learning Objectives 

  • Participants will be able to explain the importance of the uncanny to psychoanalysis.
  • Participants will be able to distinguish between a Freudian and Jungian perspective on the relationship between images and meaning.
  • Participants will be able to explain the link between primary process and aesthetic sensibilities.

This intermediate level presentation will be of interest to graduate students and mental health professionals.


CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.Students:free with annual $125 membership, payable at registration.Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.Non-CCP members, single admission: $50Student non-members, single admission: $15

Continuing Education

This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by May 13, 2021 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/suggested reading

Bachelard, G. (1964). The Poetics of Space. Translated by M. Jolas. New York: Penguin Group.

Bion, W. R. (1990). Brazilian Lectures, London & New York: Karnac. 

Charles, M. (2015). Psychoanalysis and Literature: The Stories We Live. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Freud, S. (1917/1955). The uncanny.  Standard Edition 17. London: Hogarth Press, pp. 219-256.

Green, A. (1999). The Work of the Negative. London: Free Association Books.

Harris Williams, M. (2005). The three vertices: Science, art and religion. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 21(3):429-441.

Hillman, J. (2005). Peaks and vales: The soul/spirit distinction as basis for the differences between psychotherapy and spiritual discipline. In: Uniform Edition of the Writings of James Hillman, V. 3: Senex & Puer. Putnam, CT: Spring Publications, pp. 67-90.

Savitz, C. (1991). Immersions in ambiguity: The labyrinth and the analytic process. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 36(4): 461-481. 

Hillman, J. (2005). Peaks and vales: The soul/spirit distinction as basis for the differences between psychotherapy and spiritual discipline. In: Uniform Edition of the Writings of James Hillman, V. 3: Senex & Puer. Putnam, CT: Spring Publications, pp. 67-90.  (I can provide a pdf).

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Alan Levy, PhD, Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven

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