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Between the World and Me: Where the Wild Things Live

November 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday Talk:

In this historical moment we unconsciously live out the reality of a split between the psyche (personal) and the sociopolitical world. Emotional suffering is located in the individual and his/her relationships. The social context is rarely acknowledged as major contribution to our psychological health as it is seen as a backdrop. Within such a perspective, we lose the opportunity to create and use the potential space in cultural life for engaging and processing the most pressing problems of our times: racism, sexism, gender, poverty, class social justice and the traumatogenic environment of uncertainty, pain and suffering they create for all of us.

In this talk Sam Kimbles will address a way of thinking and working with the kinds of issues that cut across the artificial divide between inner and outer. Two stories from literature will serve as springboards for this evening’s talk:  Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild things Are and Ta-Nehisi Coates,Between the World and Me will be used to look at destructive attitudes in our culture that reflect issues that challenge us all.

Related Workshop: Turning Ghosts into Ancestors through Phantom Narratives

Samuel Kimbles,  Ph. D., is a clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and member of the faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and a clinical professor (VCF) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. He has served as president of the C. G. Jung Institute. He has lectured and presented papers on topics related to the theory and practical applications of analytical psychology nationally and internationally. He is a clinical consultant and has taught at the San Francisco Jung Institute, colleges and universities as well as trained mental health and analytic professionals. His published work on the cultural complex is a significant contribution to the application of analytical psychology to the study of groups and society. His previous book, The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society (Singer & Kimbles, eds.), and his most recent book: Phantom Narratives: The Unseen Contributions of Culture to Psyche, explores the themes of psyche in groups and society.

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November 8, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Continuing Education Credit (CEU) is NOT available for this event.


Unity Church of Portland
4525 SE Stark
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Ample free parking.