October 21, 2012
Sunday 11 am – 4:00 pm (Sign-in 10:30am)
The Riverside Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
SEX, JUNG, AND PHOTOGRAPHS:
THE NATURE OF YEARNING
With Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D.
This workshop will explore the Jungian perspective on yearning for wholeness, distinguishing between what Jung refers to as “mindless unity” and “felt reunion.“ It will examine two ways for resolving yearning: eminent creativity through photography; and everyday creativity through sexuality.
We begin life in an enigmatic state of sublime integrity but are unceremoniously thrown into a state of non-closure that is tension-ridden and begs for resolution. We yearn for healing reunion with our original sense of completeness. Jung suggests that rather than eliminating yearning or rebellion against it, the individuating person will suffer its dynamic tension long enough for a healing symbol to arise organically. This facilitates “gaining access to the symbolic” (Jung, CW5, para. 522) and “the displacement of libido on to a symbolic object, with the result that the latter is turned into a sort of substitute” (Jung, CW5, para. 83).
One way to gain access to this healing power is through eminent creativity as represented by photography:
Life is not lessened in artists…but is enhanced. They are our guides into the Lost Paradise, which only becomes Paradise through being found again…All life is a loss of balance and a struggling back into balance. We find this return home in…art (cited by Jung, 1990, CW5, para. 500, fn. 31).
The photographer, by virtue of his or her differentiated thinking and sensation functions, has “a very accurate observation of reality…[Photography] gives that man a standpoint of refuge in the great turmoil, a refuge to which he can return. It gives him a sense of continuity and safety…the standpoint of the timeless observer” (Jung, 1984, pp. 695, 702). Emphasis will be placed both on distinguishing between fine and expressive photography, and also on the elements of tension that render a photographic image successful with regard to resolving the desire for integration.
However, since most of us will not resolve our longings through eminent artistry, this workshop will also focus on everyday creative sexual involvement means
“[T]he systole and diastole of life…shows itself in sex…as though it were the rhythm of the sea; the rhythm of the primordial mother, the rhythmical contraction of the womb of nature.” (Jung, 1984, p. 140). Distinctions will be made between regressive sexual expression and transformational absorption. Techniques will be suggested for effecting healing sexual expression. All are welcomed to attend this lecture. (3 CEU’s)
Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Jungian Studies Program established by Dr. James Hollis. Her dissertation is on Sex, Jung, and Photographs: The Nature of Yearning. Dr. Avery-Clark worked at Masters & Johnson Institute. She has been in private practice for 22 years with her husband who is also a Masters & Johnson-trained psychologist. They specialize in the treatment of sexual and relationship difficulties. Dr. Avery-Clark serves on the Center’s Board and can be contacted at (561)347-0997, x420, or by email at www.drs4intimacy.com.
Learning Objectives: Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to:
1.Deepen their understanding of the power of Jung’s perspective on yearning and its three manifestations;
2.Demonstrate familiarity with the complexities of eminent creativity, in the form of the photographic image, as a resolution to yearning; and
3.Appreciate the relation between everyday creativity, in the form of sexuality, and the soothing of yearning
Photograph by Raymond Gehman, National Geographic Photographer, www.raymondgehman.com
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Directions to The Riverside Hotel, 608 E. Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301:
Take I-95 to Broward Blvd. Exit, go EAST past Federal Highway for a half block to SE 8th Avenue, turn RIGHT and go one block past Las Olas Blvd., then turn RIGHT on SE 4th Street to back entrance to The Riverside where valet parking is $8 per day. We will meet on the 8th Floor in the Tower.
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Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida
The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida, Inc. is a non-profit educational association that serves licensed mental health professionals and the greater community by fostering the study of the psychology of Carl G. Jung. The Center presents educational services including lectures, seminars, discussions and workshops to address the psychological, social and spiritual issues of our time while providing a forum for personal reflection and development. For more information: Call the Center’s Message Phone:954-525-4682 http://www.jungcentersouthflorida.org