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The Shadows and Gifts of American Narcissism

November 13, 2010 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PST


In the Saturday workshop, we will turn to a more in depth discussion about how individual and collective trauma underlie the development of character structures. Again, with reference to the work of Anselm Kiefer, we will see how these images evoke a shudder, a chilling recognition of the devastation left by the eruption of the primal force of destruction. In this context, Dr. West will clarify how, in terms of the development of character structures, three differentiated sets of archetypal images underlie three distinguishable relational patterns. These archetypal forces are met and mediated by consciousness as it progressively develops. When this development proceeds effectively, three differentiated forms of healthy narcissism emerge. However, when defenses rigidify this process, archetypal forces accrue and eventually erupt. Dr. West will consider how the collusion of these archetypal fields, met by a defensively rigidified and polarizing consciousness, can cast us into repetitive personal crises as well as irresolvable global confrontations.

Related Lecture: The Shadows and Gifts of American Narcissism

Jacqueline J. West, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a member and Training Analyst in the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts as well as in the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She has served as both President and Training Director of the New Mexico Society and also as President of the Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysts (CNASJA). She is co-author, along with Jungian Analyst Nancy Dougherty, of The Matrix and Meaning of Character: An Archetypal and Developmental Perspective — Searching for the Wellsprings of Spirit. She lectures widely on the dynamics of archetypally inspired character structures and their interplay with art and politics.


November 13, 2010
10:00 am - 3:00 pm PST
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First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, United States
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