Spring 2021 Season Program

Speaker: Robert Tyminski

The Power of Archetypal Imagery in Videogames

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.

Apocalyptic Themes in Jungian Work with Alienated Boys and Men

We examine the role of alienation for boys, male adolescents and young men, and how it can shut down access to the inner world. This alienation often leads to encounters in life and in therapy where they feel unable to describe what happens inside them. They prefer to spend hours each day online rather than interacting with real people as cyberspace becomes an alternate container for their projections of distress. The manifestation of apocalyptic fantasies of destruction will be considered as an expression of pain, rage, and shame that preoccupy many boys and young men.

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.

Speaker: Monika Wikman

Dreams, Life, Death, and the Alchemical Wedding

What do dreams, near death experiences and archetypal phenomena surrounding death reveal to us about the mysteries of life, death and the beyond? How do they prepare us for death, our own and for the death of loved ones? When the veils between the worlds become very thin, our world views can alchemically change, opening us to the psychoid and to life changing experiences in the imaginal realms of reality. The experience of the metaphor of death is continually at the center of any authentic and lasting transformation. Alchemy and Jung’s work are built around this as the cornerstone of transformational processes, individually and collectively.

Growing the Subtle Body Before We Die

We will venture into what von Franz found to be the goal for the second half of life, to grow the subtle body before we die. Teachings from alchemy and Sufism, and from the doorway between life and death will be used as springboards for active imagination and discussion. Applying alchemy, and working with dreams, myths, koans, images from film and the practice of active imagination, we will create an alchemical laboratory for growing one’s own experiences of the subtle body realms where spirit and matter together form a psychophysical unitary reality.

Monika Wikman, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and astrologer. Author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness, she has also contributed chapters, articles and poems to various books and journals, and has co-authored an award winning screenplay Rites of Passage (Moondance film festival, 2010.) She enjoys guiding retreats locally and abroad and lectures on mythology, dreams, wellness, alchemy, and creativity. A graduate of the Jung-von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich, she is member of the Northern New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts and the Inter-Regional Society. At shrinkrapradio.com and SpeakingofJung.com you can find seven depth psychology podcast interviews with Monika.

Speaker: James Hollis

Missing the Mark: The Seven Deadly Sins Viewed Through the Lens of Depth Psychology

The word “sin” came originally from an archery term that meant “missing the target,” and implied such errant aim arose more from inescapable human limitation than malevolence. This program will explore these most human of experiences—pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, sloth—through the lens of analytic psychology, and explore their causes, mechanisms, self-defeating consequences, and their continuing, contemporary challenges to us.

Portraits in Pathology

Given that “psychopathology” translates as “the expression of the suffering of the soul,” what are the generative forces that produce pathology? What are some examples of common pathologic states? What are our reflexive protections against pathology? What are the challenges of living in a pathogenic world, and with a pathologized soul? We will analyze three “cases” drawn from modern literature, and then examine our own anxiety management systems.

James Hollis, Ph. D., is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst practicing in Washington, D. C., and author of 16 books, the latest being Living an Examined Life and Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times. Dr. Hollis is former executive director of the Jung Education Center of Houston, professor of Jungian Studies at Saybrook University, and vice president emeritus of the Philemon Foundation. His books include The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other,   Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife,  Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts who Run our Lives, and What Matters Most.

Speaker: Gary Sparks

The Self in Jung’s Ultimate View: The Mythology of Numbers in Dreams

At the end of his life, C.G. Jung jotted down his crowning reflections concerning the Self’s inborn capacity to heal. He focused on the mythology of number symbolism in dreams as portraying the Self’s deepest creative potential. Too exhausted in his 80’s to take the discussion further, he passed these reflections on to Marie-Louise von Franz. His handwritten page has recently come to light and details number symbolism’s central importance in the Self’s foundation of meaningful living. Friday’s lecture explores Jung’s note in his own hand and then surveys von Franz’s elaboration of his wider and concluding viewpoint in her book Number and Time.

Following Friday night’s lecture, rich dreams from the analytic practice depicting Jung’s final account of the Self complete Saturday’s workshop to illustrate the practical, everyday significance of Jung’s mature insight.

J. Gary Sparks, M.Div, is a 1982 diploma graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute-Zürich. He is the author of At the Heart of Matter: Synchronicity and Jung's Spiritual Testament, Valley of Diamonds: Adventures in Number and Time with Marie Louise von Franz, and Carl Jung and Arnold Toynbee: The Social Meaning of Inner Work. As a contributor to the recent Zürich publication of Jung's Red Book for Our Time, he finds endless wealth in Jung's inner creative journey.  In addition, his interests include:  the state of feminine consciousness; the healthy purpose of darkness, depression, failure, and despair; the development and use of creative imagination; the relationship between an individual and society; and the parallels between the new physics and Jung's psychology. He lives and practices in Indianapolis.