Individuation for Adult Replacement Children

Ways of Coming into Being

February 14th & 15th, 2020 at

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London (UK), chaired by Jen Wiener

Kristina Schellinski

Teaching Analyst, C.G. Jung Institute and ISAP, Zürich

Friday 14 Feb 2020


The Clinical challenges of working with adult replacement children in therapy and analysis

At this event, Kristina Schellinski will present the challenges of working with adult replacement children in clinical practice. The replacement child condition as outlined in the column to the right remains often undiagnosed and therefore untreated; but when the condition is rendered conscious, adult replacement children can discover a deeper layer to their existence and unlock their creative potential.

Launching her book Individuation for Adult Replacement Children at this SAP event, the author will illustrate with case studies how Analytical Psychology offers especially valuable concepts for working with such patients. Carl Gustav Jung himself was a replacement child, born after two stillborn girls and a boy who lived for only 5 days. The author sees Jung’s approach not exclusively but also in the context of the circumstances preceding his birth, his work was inspired by his search for self, “the principle and archetype of orientation and meaning” (Jung, MDR, 1965, p. 199). With the self being the driving force in the process of individuation, which Jung called “the central concept of my psychology” (ibid, p. 209).

Kristina Schellinski will focus in this talk on the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and prevention; she writes: “We have an important task: to help adult replacement children reconnect with their own life force and discover the unique individual they are, so that they can come to discover, like Jung: ‘this is what I am’.”


Saturday 15 Feb 2020

An introduction to Individuation for Adult Replacement Children

Feeling ill-at-ease in your life and relationships, or suffering from low self-esteem, grief or guilt or questions concerning your identity? These may be symptoms pointing to structural elements of the replacement child condition. Many are suffering from this condition though many have never even heard of this term.

Replacement children are conceived, born or designated to take on a role – or self-identify with such a role – to replace a sibling or other dear member of the family. Some were not told of such circumstances to their coming into the world, while others were told they would not exist if it were not for the disappearance of another human being. Some replacement children were invisible, not seen or loved for themselves, others were seen as a golden, a miracle child, but that, too, can come with heavy price.

Replacement children are found among the pioneers of psychoanalysis, including Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung and in the arts, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Maria Callas and Peter Sellers.

Kristina Schellinski shows how the #IndividuationForAdultChildren process, outlined by Jung, is especially suited to help those suffering from this condition. The author launches her book “Individuation for Adult Replacement Children. Ways of Coming into Being” at this SAP event. She will illustrate with cases from 20 years in private practice, how the soul can help rediscover the unique, inalienable self to help adult replacement children experience a psychological rebirth into their own life.


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