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Heros & Antiheroes: Ancient Antecedents & Modern Manifestations

October 29, 2022 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

“Heros & Antiheroes: Ancient Antecedents & Modern Manifestations”

A Presentation by:

Sarah Jackson, MFA, MA, LP

Saturday, October 29, 2022
9:00 am – 9:30 am – Zoom Gathering
9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Presentation

Location: Zoom


Sarah Jackson, MFA, MA, LP is a Jungian psychoanalyst who has been in private practice in the Berkshires since 1990. She is an adjunct faculty member and supervisor at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, where she trained from 2007 – 2013. She holds Master’s degrees in Archetypal Psychology and Fine Arts, and has written and lectured widely on the female hero and motherhood as a hero’s journey, as well as other subjects including beauty, and various aspects of image, imagination and otherness. In July 2022, Sarah participated in a panel at the Shaker Museum in Old Chatham, NY, where she spoke on the relationships between beauty and mental health in Shaker Communities. Sarah is Vice President of the New York Association of Analytical Psychology.


White, male heroes have certainly seen better days, but the hero lives and dies on. In this presentation, we will consider the complexity and duality of the hero and its shadowy opposite, the anti-hero. Heroes are being continually reborn in both actual and imaginal forms.  Some are ordinary-yet-extraordinary people who rise to seemingly impossible challenges: saving and rescuing fellow humans, as well as creatures and environments in distress, thereby moving and inspiring the rest of us.  Heroes also continue to shape-shift in the collective imagination, showing up in new, diverse forms in film, video and popular culture.  They inevitably appear in our dreams and complexes, thus making their appearance in our consulting rooms, as well.

This presentation will begin with an overview of the hero, in both its human and archetypal dimensions. I will consider some variants on the hero — including a brief overview of mother-as-hero, (with pregnancy, childbirth and infant care as a variant of the hero’s journey), then proceed to consider two cases in which the hero complex is central though not yet fully resolved.


At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

1. Understand what is meant by an archetype in Jungian and Archetypal psychology.
2. Understand what an archetypal figure is, and how, in Jungian psychology, it is seen as  being at the core of a complex.
3. Recognize and identify the Hero complex and its relevance to clinical practice.
4. Understand how the mythic dimension of the hero is relevant in the lives of our patients.


Campbell, Joseph. (1949). The Hero with a Thousand Faces. NY: MFJ Books/Bollingen Foundation.

Henderson, Joseph (1964). “Ancient Myths and Modern Man”. In C. G. Jung, Ed. Man and His Symbols. Pp. 104-157. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Books.

Jung, C. G. (1990). The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious, pp 3-41. Collected Works 9i, (R.F.C. Hull, Trans). (Original work published in 1934-50). Princeton: Bollingen Press.

MacKenzie, Susan. (2006). Queering gender: anima/animus and the paradigm of emergence. Journal of Analytical Psychology. vol.51. (pp. 401-421).

Rupprecht, Carol. (1974). The Martial Maid and the Challenge of Androgyny (pp.269-293). Spring: 1974.


CE CREDITS:                       

2.5 CE credits are available to psychologists, psychoanalysts, and social workers upon complete attendance of this intermediate level event. 2.5 CEUs are offered to LMHCs.


In order to protect the confidentiality of the clinical material, and to adhere to APA ethical guidelines, it is required that those attending the program be either currently licensed mental health professionals, psychoanalysts, or currently matriculated students in mental health programs (psychology, social work, psychiatry, psychoanalysis). Students are required to provide the name of their program. There will be no exceptions.

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.

Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities In conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during the discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. For questions, concerns or complaints, please Contact Us.

WMAAPP brochure Jackson 10-29-22


October 29, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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