Nov
8
to Nov 9

Whiteness: How We Can Render the Invisible Visible (and Why We Need To)

A lecture and workshop at the Austin Jung Society. Click here to visit their website.

What, exactly, is whiteness? Our contemporary conversation about race in America can be as confusing as it is necessary and overdue. Whiteness is largely invisible to those who are white, until they encounter someone who is nonwhite. 

The racial binary of white/black, or white/notwhite, ascended in the American imagination in the first half of the 20th century, when more complex, pseudoscientific racial classification systems collapsed as biological science disproved their foundations.  In this presentation, we will explore the construction of whiteness in America – why (and for whom) it was useful as a marker of difference, how it connotes normativity, and why it remains so persistently difficult for those who are white to see our whiteness. And we will explore the relative value of understanding whiteness from different depth psychological perspectives: as an avoidance of shadow, as an archetypal identification, and as a reflection of a fundamental resistance to acknowledging the unconscious.

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Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

The Magee Ethics Workshop: Attacks of Conscience and the Complexity of Ethical Choice

What do we do with experiences of moral urgency in our clinical encounters? Attacks of conscience are just that: great bursts of unconscious energy that can obscure as often as they clarify. Fear often resides at the heart of these experiences. Socially determined standards are in danger of violation, potentially upsetting an order that provided us an illusory sense of security. A quick decision may provide a sense of relief and seeming resolution, but it may also block the emergence of a more mature capacity to bear responsibility for our actions in the world—a responsibility that we always carry, regardless of whether our choices conform to social norms. In this workshop, we will use film, lecture, and discussion to explore how mature ethical discernment requires us to endure conflicts between seemingly irreconcilable ethical positions.

Location: The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

http://junghouston.org/program-offering-detail/?id=bcfbe5c3-7f89-5a34-4ee6-5d48b63b801e

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Sep
6
to Sep 7

Whiteness: How We Can Render the Invisible Visible (and Why We Need To)

A lecture and workshop at the Jung Society of Washington, DC. Click here to visit their website.

What, exactly, is whiteness? Our contemporary conversation about race in America can be as confusing as it is necessary and overdue. Whiteness is largely invisible to those who are white, until they encounter someone who is nonwhite. 

The racial binary of white/black, or white/notwhite, ascended in the American imagination in the first half of the 20th century, when more complex, pseudoscientific racial classification systems collapsed as biological science disproved their foundations.  In this presentation, we will explore the construction of whiteness in America – why (and for whom) it was useful as a marker of difference, how it connotes normativity, and why it remains so persistently difficult for those who are white to see our whiteness. And we will explore the relative value of understanding whiteness from different depth psychological perspectives: as an avoidance of shadow, as an archetypal identification, and as a reflection of a fundamental resistance to acknowledging the unconscious.

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Aug
2
to Aug 4

Love and the Boundaries of the Imagination

With Tom Cheetham, Michele Lees, Anna Guerra, John Price, and Hope Lipnick

Jung wrote that we are all the “victims and instruments of cosmogonic love.” Explore the many ways we experience love — and how the imagination is always present — in this special conference. The ways we imagine love have profound consequences for how we experience and share it. Are we the “victims and instruments” of an all-encompassing love that transcends humanity, as Jung suggested? Is love a capacity that allows us “to explore, to discriminate more and more widely” so that we can increase intimacy, as James Hillman wrote? Or is it something simple, a way to bring life and light to the world, to ourselves, and to others? 

In this fourth installment of our annual Boundaries of the Imagination summer conference, we will use lecture, small- and large-group work, and creative activities to explore how love is fundamental to everything we do and all that we imagine ourselves to be. Register early — seating is limited.

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Jun
21
12:15 PM12:15

Magee Ethics Workshop: Encountering the Unsettling Other in the Consulting Room

What happens when we encounter something difficult, repellent, or even frightening in our work with others? The Roman poet Terence famously wrote, “Nothing human is alien to me.” When we relate to others in their suffering, there are moments that challenge our values and upset our understanding of ourselves as ethical agents of healing. In this workshop, we will use Denis Villeneuve’s eloquent film Arrival (2016), along with small- and large-group discussion, to learn to navigate our encounters with what is alien in our clients and in ourselves. Participants do not need to have seen the film prior to attending the workshop. Click here to register through The Jung Center.

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Jun
14
to Aug 9

Look Deeper: A Reading Group

Join us for a free lunchtime reading group at The Jung Center. This semester, we will continue reading Lionel Corbett’s The Soul in Anguish: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Suffering. Drop in at any time; no prior participation in the group is necessary. To register, visit The Jung Center’s website by clicking here.

June: Chapter 9 | July: Chapter 10 | August: Chapters 11 and 12

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