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Self-organization, Emergence and Synchronicity in Analytical Psychology

September 19, 2015 @ 3:00 am - 8:00 am PDT


Many of us have experienced synchronicities without truly having tools to grasp what underlies these events. As an integral part of bringing The Red Book to a close, Jung formulated the concept of synchronicity. We will reconsider this cosmological principle in the light of a new scientific paradigm. The study of complex adaptive systems, in particular, affords a unique opportunity to reassess and revise several of Jung’s key concepts, including synchronicity, in line with his own evolving model of the psyche. In this workshop we will review and apply these concepts to experiences of the interactive field in analysis. We will observe self-organizing processes in analysis which lead to experiences of emergence in which what happens goes beyond the sum of the contributions by either analyst or analysand. In this vein, we will draw upon clinical presentation of the use of empathy, enactments, parallel processes and moments of complexity, including synchronistic occurrences within the context of analysis.

Related Lecture: Synchronicity: Nature & Psyche in an Interconnected Universe

Joseph Cambray, Ph.D., is Past-President/CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute; he is Past-President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP); has served as the U.S. Editor for The Journal of Analytical Psychology and is on various editorial boards. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and former President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston. Dr. Cambray is a Jungian analyst now living in the Santa Barbara area of California. His numerous publications include the book based on his Fay Lectures: Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe and several edited volumes: one with Leslie Sawin Research in Analytical Psychology – Volume 1: Applications from Scientific, Historical, and (Cross)-Cultural Research, and an earlier one with Linda Carter, Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Psychology. He has published numerous papers, book chapters, and lectures internationally.


September 19, 2015
3:00 am - 8:00 am PDT
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Unity of Portland
4525 SE Stark
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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