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.
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.
Oregon Friends of Jung, in partnership with The Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts, continues our series of seminars designed to deepen your knowledge of Jungian psychology. You’ll have an opportunity to learn from and engage with Analysts who are experts in their fields. The masculine and feminine archetypes are ever-present in the collective unconscious. … Continue reading Masculine & Feminine: Archetypes in Motion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.