Father Abandonment
through the Lens of a Fairytale

a program by Susan E. Schwartz

a 2-min preview


“How does the father abandonment affect our body, mind, and soul?”

Fairytales replicate the life characters we meet through relationships and dreams. They reflect situations and emotions we all might experience.

We will discuss the tale of the Handless Maiden and how it depicts the issues of abandonment, paternal loss, and emotional absence enacted in the psyche, family, culture, and trans-generationally. This is a common present-day experience in the life of many.

The tale highlights the puella archetype noted in Jungian analytical psychology. She represents the feminine conundrum of growing into her strength of self, the limits to this, and the possibilities occurring from growing up in our narcissistic culture.

How does the father abandonment affect our body, mind, and soul? We conclude with the path leading to growth and hope.

What you will learn

>> What the father’s role is from the Jungian perspective.
>> How a fairytale can help us understand our journey to the Self.
>> To identify the Jungian concept of the negative father complex.
>> To define the puella archetype and its effect on women.

Susan E. Schwartz

Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist. She is a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. She has taught in numerous Jungian programs and presented workshops and lectures in the USA and many other countries. Susan has articles in several journals and chapters in books on Jungian analytical psychology. Her current book was published by Routledge in 2020 entitled, The Absent Father Effect on Daughters, Father Desire, Father Wounds. Her analytical private practice is in Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA.

Who Is It for

>> Men and women, fathers and daughters seeking to repair the father abandonment.
>> People interested in Jungian analytical psychology.
>> Those looking for some practical means for psychological growth.
>> Those curious about the process of individuation explored through the symbolism of fairytales.


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What do people have to say


"I was very moved both by your presentation and the resonance it had for me."

Some new thoughts and wonderings about what may be still operative unconsciously in my psyche and that of my daughters.


“…wanting to know more about my own daughter/father issues.”

I heard you on podcasts and youtube videos and am wanting to know more about my own daughter/father issues.

What you will get

>> Video recording of the presentation
>> Audio file to download on your digital devices and listen at your convenience


I'm not a therapist. Can I join the course?
Yes. Both people in healing professions and those interested in self-development can join the course.

Do you offer Continued Education Units?
At this point, we don't offer CEU.

When does the course start and finish?
Once you've enrolled, you have lifetime access to the course. Work at your own pace—there is no deadline to finish.
How long do we have access to the course?
You will have lifetime access to the course.
Will we get access to the full course all at once?
Yes. Additional bonus modules and handouts may be added over time, but all of the course lessons are available upon enrollment.
What equipment/tools will we need to complete the course?
Access to a computer, an email account, and an eager and open mind! Additionally, we ask you to be curious and willing to play.
What do we do if we need help?
If you need help with something related to the course, please contact [email protected].


"This is the most powerful story that I had never heard of."

Thank you for presenting this. There is so much to assimilate I am without words. Again, thank you. 


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