Consciousness and the Perils of Polarization
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Garches November 10, 2018
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Late in life C.G. Jung expressed his belief that the sole purpose of human existence is “to create more and more consciousness” so as “to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” In this program we will examine the nature and importance of consciousness, particularly in today’s world. To this end, we will consider the development and degrees of consciousness and explore frequent obstacles to consciousness. We will probe Jung’s view that all psychological symptoms and neuroses derive from conflict or polarization within the psyche. This will lead to a reflection upon social consciousness and the problem of polarization within the collective psyche today. Our aim will be to suggest how the development of consciousness is both a personal and a societal enterprise. The presentation will combine lecture with the use of case examples, dream material, recent research and some interaction with participants.
- To present current information on the nature, states and development of consciousness.
- To provide clinicians and other participants an understanding of a Jungian view of the dynamics of psychological conflicts and psychopathological symptoms.
- To provide an analytical overview of the relationship between individual consciousness and socio-cultural consciousness as portrayed in post-Jungian thought.
November 10, 2018
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
33 W. Dixon, Dayton 45419
CSWMFT approved for 3.5 continuing education hours
Lunch-worthy snacks provided
Richard J. Sweeney, Ph.D. is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a licensed professional clinical counselor in private practice in Columbus and Cincinnati. He holds a doctoral degree in psychology and religion from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley and a diploma in analytical psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, where he remains a member of its international wing.