First Tuesday Lunch Forums
Informal gatherings are scheduled the first Tuesday of each month. An analyst or other specialist guides discussion on issues that touch our lives — aging, homelessness, current movies, finding balance in our lives, journal writing, and others. Bring a brown bag lunch — coffee, tea and cookies will be provided. No reservations required, suggested contribution fee of $2.00. All are welcome.
C. G. Jung Center
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm (unless otherwise noted).
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Upcoming Tuesday Lunch Forums
Jung, Neuroscience, and Evolution: A New Synthesis
Speaker: John Montgomery, Ph.D.
One of Jung’s most powerful and pioneering ideas was that the human psyche is a "homeostatic" system that is specifically designed to help us achieve and maintain states of equilibrium, or homeostasis. Indeed, the "homeostatic drive" is a primal force or drive in all living things that leads toward states of homeostasis at all levels. Symbols, dreams, and Jungian archetypes, for example, can be seen as serving the homeostatic drive at the highest levels of the human psyche.
In this talk, Dr. Montgomery will suggest that an opposing drive – called the "addictive drive" – began to operate noticeably in humans after the invention of agriculture, about twelve thousand years ago, and that this drive acts to move us away from, or throw us out of, homeostasis, or equilibrium. He will present evidence suggesting that people can receive unconscious biochemical rewards from their own pain and emotional distress, and that these unconscious rewards fuel the addictive drive. He will further suggest that the addictive drive is responsible for all "negative" Jungian complexes, and for what Jung called the "false self," and that the homeostatic drive is responsible for individuation, for our experiences of love and "God," and for what Jung called the true "Self."
Finally, he will present a new therapeutic method that aims to strengthen the homeostatic drive and to weaken or eradicate the addictive drive, thus helping individuation proceed in the healthiest, most rapid, and most authentic fashion possible.
John Montgomery received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Caltech in Pasadena, California, and his B.A. in Molecular Genetics from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He has written about science for The Washington Post and The Economist, is a regular blogger for Psychology Today, and is the primary author of The Answer Model Theory and The Answer Model: A new path to healing. He is also a counselor who uses The Answer Model method in private practice www.theanswermodel.com
Building Bridges Between Body and Psyche
Speaker: Pamela Anderson, CSW, M.AmSAT
In this experientially oriented discussion, we will explore Jung's notion of complex theory and how complexes live in our body. We will use processes from the Alexander Technique: Awareness, Pause, and Reflective Action, as a way to explore how complexes shape us and how we can use consciousness as a way to build bridges between body and psyche.
Throughout this discussion, Ms. Anderson will touch upon neuro-psychological findings and attachment discoveries to reinforce Jung's discovery of the feeling-toned complex and his development of complex theory many years ago.
Pamela Anderson, MA, CSW (NJ), M.AmSAT, is a senior teacher of the Alexander Technique and former Director of Teacher Certification of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, NYC. For eight years she trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, and now works as a psycho-somatic Jungian-oriented life coach. She has a private practice in New York City and Basking Ridge, New Jersey, specializing in psycho-somatic issues.
The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey
Speaker: Dr. Erel Shalit
“To speak of a general, human life cycle," says Daniel Levinson, "is to propose that the journey from birth to old age follows an underlying, universal pattern on which there are endless cultural and individual variations."
In his essay “The Stages of Life,” Jung discusses "the problems connected with the stages of life," claiming problem to be the kernel of culture and consciousness. Jung clearly aims at living the conscious life, just like Socrates declared the unexamined life not worth living. On our journey through the stages (or ages) of our life, we encounter the archetypal essence of each age, and are challenged by the meaning that we are requested to deal with. This lecture will explore archetypal images of the journey and the stages of life, and tell some of the stories.
Dr. Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Ra’anana, Israel. He is a training and supervising analyst, and past President of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology. He is Founder and Director of the Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University. He is a past Director of the Shamai Davidson Community Mental Health Clinic, at the Shalvata Psychiatric Centre in Israel.
His most recent books are The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey (2011; the book received the Eric Hoffer Book Award Honors in Culture, 2012), Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return (2010), and Enemy, Cripple & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s (2008; the book was a nominee for the 2009 Gradiva Award for Best Theoretical Book, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis).
Entries, chapters and articles of his appear in several books and journals. He wrote the chapter on Jerusalem in Tom Singer (ed.), Psyche and the City. He is on the editorial board of Quadrant. Websites: www.eshalit.com; www.erelshalit.com/
Life after Death-C.G. Jung's Viewpoint
Speaker: David Rottman
What we can say about reports, opinions and beliefs about Life after Death? This was a topic that drew a great deal of C.G. Jung's attention, and he had much to say about it. As an evidence-based empiricist, he carefully noted that all cultures have definite views about the realm of the afterlife. As a psychologist, he also noted the profound impact of such views on the psychological health of his patients. In this discussion, we will review Jung's thoughts and dreams about Life after Death, as well as the contributions of Marie-Louise von Franz and Aniela Jaffe to this subject.
David Rottman, MA is President and Chairman of the Board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. He is a member of the Foundation's Continuing Education faculty.
Zen and C.G. Jung: Clear Seeing, Clear Writing
Speaker: Susan Tiberghien
"It is not that something different is seen, but that one sees differently." -C.G. Jung, CW 11, par. 891.
In this lecture, we will look at Zen as a way to a more creative life. There will be a brief introduction to Zen, with attention to the aspects of Zen that Jung saw as lending themselves to individuation. We will then look at the Zen practice of direct pointing, to help us see more clearly and the practice of mindfulness, to help us write more clearly. We will listen to short passages from D.T. Suzuki, Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hahn, and C.G. Jung, as well as from contemporary writers Annie Dillard and Eduardo Galleano.
Susan Tiberghien, an American-born writer living in Switzerland, has published three memoirs, Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, and Footsteps, A European Album, and most recently One Year to A Writing Life, along with numerous narrative essays in journals and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. She teaches and lectures at graduate programs, C.G. Jung Centers, and at writers' conferences both in the United States and in Europe, where she directs the Geneva Writers' Group and Conferences. Her website is www.susantiberghien.com.
Information about further upcoming forums will be posted when available.
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