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Ecology, Mythology, and Culture - An Evening Lecture with Jason Sugg, LPC

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We live in the midst of an unprecedented and unfolding shift in how humans relate to the non-human world around them, with often disastrous consequences for the other beings with whom we share this planet. The roots of this shift run deep in western culture, which has long posited an intellectual separation between human beings (and specifically those of European descent) and the wider animal world, and between nature and culture. That separation has allowed the progressive development of cultural institutions that largely exist in a bubble separated from the wider world. Psychologically this paradigm has shaped theories of the human mind and psychopathology that also maintain that separation.

But our current times call for new understandings of how humans relate to their environments. In this talk - which will be a mix of presentation and experiential exercises - we will dig into some of the biases of western culture that continue to shape modern psychology and relations with the non-human, examine some of the mechanisms through which these biases evolve and are transmitted (hint: mythology is involved!), and propose some ways forward both for psychology as a whole and for individuals living in western culture to cultivate deeper connections with the non-human world.

Bring a notebook and pen you can use to do some journaling, an interest in the world around you, and an open mind!

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Jason Sugg is an LPC in private practice, an activist, and a researcher focused on relational ecopsychology. At the moment he is working on turning his PhD dissertation into a book about the impact of urban form and ritual on relations between beings. In his spare time you can usually find him outdoors somewhere, preferably camping somewhere wild. He lives in Austin, TX with his two daughters, and holds B.S. & M.Eng. degrees in Computer Science from MIT, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Pacifica Graduate Institute.


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For more than thirty years, the Jung Society of Austin has offered lectures, classes, workshops, trips, film series and a variety of special events for people interested in exploring issues of psychological and spiritual development in a secular environment. All events are open to the general public and often include continuing education credits.

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