October 25-26, 1996: Michael Conforti

Lecture and Workshop: One of Jung’s greatest discoveries was the presence of Self organizing tendencies in the psyche. He realized that, manifested in dreams, symptoms, and in other symbolic form, the psyche continually introduces greater degrees of meaning and complexity into the life process. Jung went on to suggest that much of life presents as an unfolding of these archetypal, ordering processes into matter, which then assumes a recognizable form in both the internal and external world.

In the weekend lecture and workshop, Dr. Conforti will present his own findings on the nature of archetypal influences in order to illustrate the effect that the have in virtually every aspect of the life process. Building on Jung’s original work on the nature of the archetype, on more recent findings in the new sciences (including those of David Bohm, Ervin Laszlo, David Peat and Rupert Sheldrake) and on clinical material, he will show that our basic life interactions, including personal relationships, financial decisions, work situations, and even the terapeutic relationship, are goverened by the influence of these archetypal fields. In learning to recognize the underlying structure of these patterns, we can often infer the nature of the specific archetype constellated.


Michael Conforti, Ph.D.  is a Jungian analyst and founder and Director of the Assisi Conferences. He is a faculty member at the C. G. Jung Institute in Boston and the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. and he is a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Masters’ Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch, New England. Dr. Conforti has recently been selected by the Club of Budapest, Hungary, and the University of Potsdam, Germany, to be part of a 20 member international team of physicists, biologists and dynamic systems theorists to examine the role and influence of informational fields. He is the recipient of the 1995 Vision Award, presented by the National Association fo rhte Advancement of Psychoanalysis.



From Psyche to a Picture of the World: Archetypal Dimensions of Self Organization