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Memories, Dreams, Reflections: Troubleshooting the Post-Modern Ego-Complex
January 20, 2006 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
Memories, Dreams, Reflections is conventionally taken to be Jung’s autobiography. This lecture presumes something different: Memories, Dreams, Reflections can be read as the ‘biography’ of an attitude that engages the distresses of postmodern psychological life. Jung is chronicling not only his personal development, but also how consciousness might deal with the maturity of the ego-complex, or its failure to mature. If consciousness does not confront this complex, certain pathologies appear in personal and collective life, both centered around the “presence of the absence” of the psyche’s natural religiosity. Tonight’s lecture approaches Memories, Dreams, Reflections as a manual on how to repristinate the psyche’s natural religiosity in an age of cynical postmodernism.
Mark Kuras, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst. He is an Assistant Professor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, as well as the clinical Director of the Acute Treatment Unit. He is a charter member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Institute and currently serves as the Director of Training.