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Phallos: The Archetypal Source of Masculinity
April 15, 1988 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
Up to recent times, the dominance of masculinity has been taken for granted due to the pre-eminence of patriarchy in social and psychological structures. No longer. The upsurge of feminine awareness requires both men and women to look anew at the basis of masculine presence in the psyche, one-half of Jung’s eternal syzygy.
Strangely, while psychoanalytic conceptualization has given priority to the Mother, psychoanalytical attitudes and procedures have often depended upon the dominance of patriarchy in thinking and procedure. Freud’s “penis envy” and Jung’s “hero’s journey” are examples of this. Neumann’s notion of “higher” and “lower” phallus are another.
The lecture will seek to establish Phallos, rather than the Mother, as the archetypal basis for masculinity. Only when a conscious understanding of Phallos as one-half of primal source emerges can the unconscious pressure to assert it as such diminish. Such an understanding establishes the authority of the masculine and at the same time removes from the feminine the burden for masculine development and well-being.
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EUGENE MONICK, M.Div., Ph.D., a diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, is in private practice in New York City and Scranton, PA. He is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and earned his doctorate at the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities. As an Episcopal priest he has served parishes in Maine and continues to do so in the dioceses of New York and Bethlehem, PA. He is the author of Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine, published 1987 by Inner City Books.