April 16-17, 1993: Lionel Corbett

Lecture: A Psychological Approach to the Problem of Evil

The problem of evil has influenced the dogmatic assertions of all religious traditions, and is also crucial to those of us interested in personal religious experience and a religious approach to the psyche. The specifically psychological, rather than theological, approach to evil relies on Jung’s ideas that the Self has a dark as well as a light side, and that the personal shadow is an incarnation of that aspect of the divine. Using these concepts, this lecture will discuss an intrapsychic approach to evil. 

Workshop: A Pscyhological Approach to the Problem of Suffering: Its Relation to the Process of Incarnation of Spirit

Understanding the process of the incarnation of the Self into a personal self allows a psychological approach to the problem of suffering, without resource to traditional theological explanations. This lecture will describe a way in which the parctitioner may assist his or her client to find personal meaning in suffering, by using individual psychopathology as a form of spiritual practice. 


Lionel Corbett, M.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Fe, and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico. 

A Psychological Approach to the Problem of Evil