If we want to understand a game psychologically, we have first to give it careful attention. In a way this is no different than working to understand a myth or a dream. In this workshop, with the help of some specific tools, participants will work to interpret the psychological significance of several games, from Chess to The Legend of Zelda. Dreams involving games will also be included. Participants will leave with an enriched sense of how to think about both games and dreams in their own lives.
Joel Crichton is a Jungian Analyst (diploma candidate) with the C. G. Jung Institute of Zürich, Switzerland, living and practicing in Victoria, BC. His writing is concerned with three only-seemingly-unrelated topics: Gaming, improvised performance, and Shakespeare—and how these relate to Jungian Psychology. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Psychotherapy & Spirituality from St. Stephen’s College. His work has been published in Jung Journal and Quadrant.