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The Archetype of the Game: Sports as a Reflection of the Psyche

February 16, 1990 @ 7:30 pm - November 16, 2021 @ 9:30 pm PST


What psychic or spiritual energy is at the root of the fascination and enthusiasm which caused more than 1 billion persons to watch some portion of the 1984 Olympics? What is the nature and excitement which makes a World Series or Super Bowl better attended than church or synagogue?

This lecture will explore the historical and sacred roots of the game or contest as a foundation for our contemporary understanding. The archetypal dynamisms in the game continue to exert tremendous influence upon our individual and collective lives even thought the context of modern sports is no longer sacred but secular. Attention will be given to the symbolic material of dreams and fantasies of individuals to discover the impulse hidden in the archetype but largely misunderstood and undervalued in our time.

Related Workshop: Satan and Psyche

THAYER GREENE is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York. He is the author of Modern Man in Search of Manhood.  He is a member of the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. Among his various credentials are those of being a lifelong sports fan and an aging but active athlete. He is also a past president of the New York Association for Analytical Psychology and is on the faculty of the New York Training Institute.


February 16, 1990 @ 7:30 pm PST
November 16, 2021 @ 9:30 pm PST
We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for CEU credit is for the workshop is $5 for 2 hours. To obtain CEU credit, add the CEU to your shopping cart when registering.


First United Methodist Church, Collins Hall
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, OR 97201 United States