February 21 and 22, 2014: John Beebe

Lecture: Moral Intelligence  

We will explore the Jungian psychological perspective of psychological maturity and the tools that support our development through the use of moral intelligence. Rather than identifying with one extreme while letting its opposite find expression through the shadow, psychological maturity allows us to recognize and hold the tension of opposed moral attitudes.  The goal of such strenuous work is to identify which complex has been activated. Tools for exploring the terrain between opposite poles and how to negotiate them with moral sensitivity include dreams, imagination, art, typology, and the I Ching.

Workshop: Moral Intelligence in the Family

Dr. Beebe will begin this workshop with a screening of a little-known 1950s American film about a crisis within a family. This film will be the basis for an extended exploration of the need to respond creatively to the dangers and opportunities that arise when an individual’s development creates conflict among his/her innermost circle.  Intelligence is never more moral than when dealing with an intractable impasse with a loved one in the face of one’s own development.


John Beebe, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in San Francisco where he practices and teaches analytical psychotherapy.  He completed his analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where he has also served as president.  A longtime and innovative contributor to OFJ’s programming, Dr. Beebe is the author and editor of many scholarly articles and books, including Integrity in Depth (1992) and, most recently, The Question of Psychological Types:  The Correspondence of C.G. Jung and Hans Schmid-Guisan (2012).

Moral Intelligence