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The Citizen’s Dilemma in Divisive Times | Four Voices

The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

The Citizen’s Dilemma in Divisive Times | Four Voices

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This ticket price includes 5 hours of Continuing Education Credits approved for MD, RN, PsyD, PhD, MFT & LCSW.
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10 AM – 4 PM



5 Continuing Education Credits for MD, PhD, MFT, LCSW, & RN



Those of us who get our bearings from the “Spirit of the Depths” as well as the “Spirit of the Times”—who pay attention to politics as well as to our dreams—find this a difficult historical moment. How do we manage ourselves psychologically and politically amidst all the fury and vitriol in public discourse? How do we tend both psyche and polis? The American election looms against the backdrop of a fierce zeitgeist—economic and environmental crises, revolution, tyrants who murder their own citizens, occasional glimpses of a new day.

During this half day conference four Jungians will speak to these issues from diverse points of view. In the tradition of Jung’s Man and His Symbols, we will use word and image to evoke both the collective and the archetypal.


Thomas Singer, M.D.

Super PAC dollars and the insatiable national appetite for the lowest level of pandering at the highest volume make the chances of a substantive debate about our country’s vision and policies of the future highly unlikely in the 2012 Presidential elections. Although so much is at stake, it is still reasonable to ask: why should anyone join the “talking heads” who will be surfing the subject endlessly? Even though the issues and policies will be muddied rather than clarified, there is still something inherently fascinating about this national spectacle which will play more like a Superbowl game than the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The fascination comes from the fact that the collective psyche and its connection to the cultural and collective unconscious are energized with charged emotionality, complexes, and characters parading across the national stage. The elections give us a unique opportunity to consider the state of our national psyche in its confusions, absurdities and deep concerns. What issues will trigger potent emotions in the electorate? Which cultural complexes with their stereotypical thinking and fixed attitudes will shape and determine public opinion? The Presidential elections are a collective x-ray about how we perceive ourselves as a people, what we fear and what we hope for at a conscious and unconscious level.

THOMAS SINGER, M.D. is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in San Francisco. In the past decade, he has been focusing on aspects of the collective psyche in a series of articles and books about cultural complexes and the cultural unconscious. He has broadened his inquiry to include art, literature, politics, economics, history and mythology. On these subjects, Dr. Singer has collaborated in the writing of The Cultural Complex; Psyche and the City; Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia; Ancient Greece and Modern Psyche, and the newest book, South in the Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Latin America.


Richard Stein, M.D.

“Yes and no. Between the yes and the no, spirits take flight from their matter, and heads are separated from their bodies.” —Henry Corbin, alone with the alone

In the journey of many seers comes the confrontation with a politics of extremism. Jung’s reaction to the break with Freud threw him into the chaos of a collective unconscious at the brink of war. His explorations in The Red Book attest to the depth of the conflict and reveal his discovery of an inner guide.

From the Middle East, we learn of the persecutions of great Islamic mystics and their revelations of light and guidance. Henry Corbin, the renowned French Islamist, writes of the Great Disjunction in the Western psyche and how it functions in the cultural wars between the Christian West and Islam. With this perspective in mind, we will examine some of the religious and political forces within our own society.

RICHARD STEIN, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst who has been in private practice in San Francisco for 35 years. He has taught for years in the Analytic Training and the Public Programs at the Jung Institute in San Francisco, as well as other training centers. His sudy of the parallels and differences between Jung and Sri Aurobindo has been expanded by explorations in shamanism, Sufism, and the kabbalah.


Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, Ph.D.

“Our times have demonstrated what it means for the gates of the underworld to be opened.” —C.G. Jung

 How can poetry respond to the rancor, the bitterness, the extremism, the climate change deniers, the New Deal dismantlers, the Women’s Rights plunderers of our collective moment? Poetry is no more than the flap of a butterfly’s wings, the dart of a hummingbird—a strophe flung into the roar of the mob. Poetry does so little, dares so much. Poetry is the prophet down from the mountain, a gadfly on the body politic, a witness to the desecration; poetry sings our cultural myths, mourns what’s been lost, praises the newborn day. Naomi Ruth Lowinsky will read and muse about some of her political poems.

NAOMI RUTH LOWINSKY, PH.D., is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, a widely published poet, and the author of three books of poetry, most recently Adagio & Lamentation. The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way is a memoir of her creative life. She is co-editor with Patricia Damery of Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way.


Richard Tarnas, Ph.D.

The past and the future are converging in our time with extraordinary force. Old structures are collapsing, movements for radical change spreading, societies becoming deeply polarized – all this amidst an increasingly critical state of Earth’s biosphere. To help us navigate such a dramatic threshold of transformation, we need multiple perspectives and sources of insight.

Jung pursued astrological research throughout his career, and many of us who have followed his lead in a more systematic way have concluded that there are few frames of reference more helpful in illuminating the timing of individual and collective archetypal dynamics than an archetypally informed knowledge of the ongoing planetary movements. Perhaps more than any other form of analysis, archetypal astrology can illuminate synchronistic waves of events and trends occurring throughout the world at a given time, while also revealing larger historical patterns that unfold cyclically through the centuries. In this final portion of the conference, we will examine the current planetary alignments to help identify the major dynamics at work in the cultural zeitgeist for our complex and precarious moment in history.

RICHARD TARNAS, PH.D., is a professor of philosophy and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of Western thought that became both a best seller and a required text in many universities, and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UK


The Jung Institute of San Francisco is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The Jung Institute of San Francisco takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are offered for this event.


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The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
2040 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

A non-profit educational and community service organization that devotes itself to the furtherance of Jungian thought in clinical work and in cultural discourse. In addition to its Analytic Training Program, the Institute provides educational events for the general public, seminars for professionals, and produces Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, now published by Taylor & Francis. The Institute houses an extensive library and offers a sliding scale psychotherapy clinic.  Friends of the Institute, an auxiliary organization, welcomes new members. 

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