Reflections on the Mutuality of Influence in the Matisse/Picasso Relationship with Linda Carter, MSN, CS, IAAP

Event Details

Jung’s prescient and oft quoted line, “For two personalities to meet is like mixing two different chemical substances: if there is any combination at all, both are transformed” (CW 16, para. 163) is central to this presentation which considers contemporary notions of bidirectional influence in clinical practice and in the Matisse/Picasso artistic exchange and relationship. With a basic grounding in Complex Adaptive Systems Theory (CAS), we will look at the multi-layered, co-created/co-constructed systems that emerge through human interaction and, in this case, through artistic productions. It is through mutually influencing relationship that individuation is furthered, moving each person to an expanded sense of self and to greater complexity. Through the lens of CAS, we will concentrate on bidirectionality of influence in dyadic interactions using clinical examples as well as the Matisse/ Picasso relationship as a kind of artistic amplification.  Contemporary ideas from other fields, particularly attachment research, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis will be woven into the discussion.

The presentation will not be didactic but conversational and will include many images of side-by-side artwork of Matisse and Picasso so that a discussion of their mutual influence can be a part of the evening.

Friday, May 3rd: 7 pm – 9 pm

Location: Parlor, Newton Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA 02461
Cost: $35   2 Psychology, MHC, and SW CEs offered ($10)


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1)  Observe and describe bi-directional influence in clinical practice and in the artwork of Matisse and Picasso as presented using Complex Adaptive Systems Theory.

2)  Bring together some of the fundamental findings from infant research with Jungian ideas of amplification, adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

*The images in this paper are strictly for educational use and are protected by United States copyright laws. Unauthorized use will result in criminal and civil penalties.



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The Importance of Free-Play and Paradox for Attachment, Relationship, Imagination and Creativity
Linda Carter, MSN, CS, IAAP
Saturday, May 4th: 9 am – 12 pm

Location: Mandel Center for Humanities, G-3 Auditorium, Brandeis University, 415 South Street Waltham, MA 02453
Cost: $45  2.5  Psychology, MHC and SW CEs offered ($10)

This three-hour morning experience will involve a discussion of my ongoing work with Chinese analysands and supervisees taking place over the internet and with face-to-face sessions in Beijing. Most striking is the level of early attachment trauma with each of these women due to the timing of their birth in the middle to late 70s at about the time of Mao’s death. Their parents had suffered through the Cultural Revolution, the Great Famine and migration to the cities in search of employment while leaving their babies in the villages to be cared for by grandparents. In order to survive in a highly competitive and oppressive society that continues to favor men, the women whom I have come to know over the past four years, are highly ambitious, hard working and committed professionals whose cognitive capacities are very well developed. However, given their traumatic histories and privileging of intellect over emotion, they have difficulty in playing with their young children and in understanding the importance of play in analysis and even in everyday life. The central question that has arisen for me in this work is as follows: “How does insecure attachment style and early trauma affect capacity for play with imagination in adults?” To struggle with understanding this question, I will encourage discussion of the work of Winnicott, Jung, Sander, the father of contemporary infant research, Panksepp, a

neuroscientist and psychologist who studies rat play and laughter and its applications to human growth and development and the findings of Dan Siegel, a neuroscientist who brings together neuroscience findings with parenting skills in accessible ways. All agree on the centrality of free play, emotion and paradox for the emergence of creativity in individuals and in collective cultures. Like Hermes, emotion in and of itself is not visible but it is the fluid, process-oriented energy that connects us and becomes manifest in play with imagination and with outer others. Also, like Hermes play mediates and holds together the tension of opposites. Allowing for play and paradox opens the possibility of symbol formation and the opening of imagination in individuals and the collective.


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

1)  Describe cross-cultural dilemmas when looking at attachment.

2)   Articulate an understanding of trauma due to early attachment insecurity.

3)   Articulate an understanding of the importance of free play and paradox for attachment, imagination and symbol formation.



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Linda Carter MSN, CS, IAAP is a graduate of Georgetown and Yale Universities and the C. G. Jung Institute-Boston. She is a nurse and a Jungian analyst who was in private practice in Boston and in Providence, RI for 35 years and has been a psychotherapist for more than 40 seeing children, adolescents and adults. Currently, she practices in Carpinteria, California and teaches across programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Linda works with clinical students at the doctoral level to develop holistic perspectives on depth psychology by weaving together a variety of diverse threads from areas such neuroscience, applications of infant research to adult treatment, Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), models of emergence and the arts of all kinds along with Jungian ideas and methods as well as psychoanalytic approaches. She was the US Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and a co-editor with Joe Cambray of Analytical Psychology, Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis (2004). Linda has written numerous articles and book chapters as well as taught students and presented her work at conferences internationally. Linda is founder and the chair of the Art and Psyche Working Group that has produced four conferences over the last twelve years. Art and Psyche has just concluded its most recent conference last month in conjunction with an exhibition of The Red Book called “The Illuminated Imagination” in Santa Barbara sponsored by Pacifica, The Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara, The Foundation of the Works of C. G. Jung, ARAS, and the IAAP.


CE Information:

Visiting Lecturer Series (Intermediate Level)
Sponsoring organization: C.G. Jung Institute-Boston

CE credits awarded upon attendance in its entirety. The C.G. Jung Institute-Boston is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions and requests for information, please contact psychology CE Chair, Dr. Francine Lorimer at 617 818 5587 or For cancellation policy and registration, please visit the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston website,
at  There is no known commercial support for this program

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