October 21-22, 2011: Morgan Stebbins


Lecture and Workshop: This talk entails a re-imagining of the dynamics of the anima and animus in light of modern arousal studies, gender identity theory and discourse analysis.

Jung’s theory of the anima and animus was crucial to his crowning works of Mysterium Coniunctionis  and Aion, and remains a centerpiece of thinking about lived relationship.  However the original formulation has been correctly riddled with accusations of anachronism, gender bias and linguistic naivete.  Because of these difficulties it has been either used unreflectively or abandoned, not coincidentally in a similar way to modern attitudes toward religion.  This talk re-imagines the deepest path of the animae as they lead to the self – in theory, in dreams and in lived relationship. 

Morgan Stebbins, MDiv, LMSW, is a Jungian analyst in New York City, where he is Director of Training, Supervising Analyst, and faculty member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, and a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Foundation.  He teaches courses comparing the findings of depth psychology with spiritual traditions worldwide, including the Kaballah, Zen Buddhism, and The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

The Tropics of Desire: The Soul’s Expressions of Conunctio in Dreams and Life