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The Power of Archetypal Imagery in Videogames
January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
We explore common themes around destructiveness in many videogames that boys and young men play. These images have archetypal elements that are also represented in Western art. We compare examples to the images in a popular videogame, Fortnite, and show the similarities in form, structure, theme, and coloration. What do such images tell us about destructive imaginings and their grip on the psyche? Many popular videogames use apocalyptic settings for a fight for survival, and the centrality of apocalyptic vision for destructive fantasies will be discussed.
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Robert Tyminski is an adult and child analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and a past President; he teaches in the Institute’s analytic training program. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. He is a 2016 winner of the Michael Fordham Prize from the Journal of Analytical Psychology. His new book is Male Alienation at the Crossroads of Identity, Culture and Cyberspace. His previous book The Psychology of Theft and Loss: Stolen and Fleeced was published in 2014 by Routledge. A graduate of Haverford College, Dr. Tyminski recently became a Member of the Haverford Corporation.This event has passed.