Major Spring Program 2021 - Donald Kalsched A Depth-Psychological Approach to the Current Malaise in American Social, Cultural, and Political Life (Lecture)
Major Spring Program 2021 – Donald Kalsched
A Depth-Psychological Approach to the Current Malaise in American Social, Cultural, and Political Life
(Lecture) Friday, June 11, 2021; 7 to 9 pm
Members $15, Non-Members $20
Held Online via Zoom (link will be emailed to registrants on June 10)
(Workshop) Saturday, June 12, 2021; 9 am to 12 pm
Members $25, Non-Members $30
Held Online via Zoom (link will be emailed to registrants on June 11)
The fiery trial through which we are passing as a nation has its roots in deep traumatic injuries to our personal and collective psyches as a people. These injuries, and the fear they generate, are very difficult for us to confront and metabolize on a personal level and even more difficult to understand and heal collectively. They lead to what Robert J. Lifton called our “national reality disorder” with its distrust of scientific facts, its refusal to acknowledge the country’s underlying racism, its denial of the rapidly accelerating climate disaster — even the reality of our recent election.
Depth Psychology has much to contribute to an enhanced understanding of the painful realities that we confront and our primitive defenses against them. Through this understanding, we are also made aware of effective ways of healing the current splitting and polarization that are fragmenting our society.
Dr. Kalsched will focus on four aspects of our current polarization and fragmentation:
1. The intersection of collective and personal trauma in the Coronavirus pandemic;
2. Climate change denial and the contributions of Depth Psychology;
3. Authoritarianism and the threat to our Democracy; and
4. Love and grief as we emerge from the turmoil of our recent Election.
The workshop will provide the opportunity for more in-depth discussion by participants on each issue.
Donald Kalsched, PhD, IAAP, is a Jungian psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist. He is a senior faculty member and supervisor with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and teaches and leads workshops nationally and internationally. His celebrated book, The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit, explores the interface between contemporary psychoanalytic theory and Jungian theory as it relates to clinical work with survivors of early childhood trauma. His recent book, Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption, explores the mystical dimensions of clinical work with trauma-survivors.
11 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 12 (Saturday) 12:00 pm