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The Burn Wound of Eros

January 23, 2010 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PST


The Saturday workshop begins with a beautiful slide show and retelling of the Tale of Psyche and Eros. The classic story serves as a template that charts the course of the mother-bound man from romantic, narcissistic, predatory, “so-called” love, to the wounding of that standpoint, an awakening of capacities to love and the emergence of what may be described as the “father principle.” Certain themes from the tale will launch us into discussions of parallel myths, biblical stories, tales of courtly love, literature, film, clinical material and theory, and our own imaginal processes. Some of these themes may include : “mother and son/lover”; “lesser coniunctio,” “split feminine”; “predator beneath the lover”; “emergence of the father”; “awakening the sleeping soul through love.”

Both lecture and workshop provide an understanding of the primitive origins and causes of narcissism in men; its effects upon their capacity for intimacy and relationship; and, the difficult commitment needed to transcend the narcissistic option.  Hopefully, the program will also bring a deeper insight  to those wives, mothers, lovers, sisters, and daughters who have suffered and loved these men–in spite of it all.

Related Lecture: The Burn Wound of Eros

KEN KIMMEL, M.A., L.M.H.C., L.M.F.T. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Seattle, with over thirty years of clinical experience. In recent years he has been working at finding the common threads connecting Classical Jungian Psychology with the Post-Jungian, Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Object Relations, through the study of narcissism, love and mystical traditions.


January 23, 2010
10:00 am - 3:00 pm PST
We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for CEU credit is for the workshop is $10 for 4 hours. To obtain CEU credit, add the CEU to your shopping cart when registering.


First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, United States
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Ample free parking in both church lots.