Sunday, September 7, 2014 3:00- 5:00 pm
Free Lecture: Recovering Our Wholeness: Individuation as a Natural Process
Location: Chapel Hill Public Library, Room A
The focus of this lecture is to introduce and discuss the process of individuation, one of Jung's key concepts, for those who may not be familiar with his work. After a brief introduction to Jung's concept of the structure of the psyche, and using Edinger's Ego and Archetype as a template, the "psychic life cycle" will be examined. This includes the concept of "original wholeness;" the inevitable loss of this wholeness and the reasons for this loss; and the psyche's natural tendency to restore that wholeness on a higher level. This is decidedly not a "technique" developed by Jung, but rather his discovery from work with many patients, as well as an exhaustive study of comparative mythology, that the psyche has a natural "religious" function. The purpose of this religious function is to guide the individual ego to increasing levels of consciousness, and prepare it for a hoped for re-integration with the whole from which it has been separated--that is the process of individuation. Concerning this process Jung said:
"The aim of individuation is nothing less than to divest the self of the false wrappings of the persona on the one hand, and of the suggestive power of primordial images on the other."
It may be too ambitions to convey the immense significance for the individual of this sentence in a short lecture of less than two hours. An honest attempt will be made, however.
Scott Baird is a retired CPA who has studied Jung's work informally for more than thirty years. "While working in the business world of Northern Virginia for many years, I always wondered what I could do that was more satisfying. Feeling driven by an inner necessity to understand myself, I began reading books on psychology when I was in my early twenties. I knew of Jung even then, but I did not fully appreciate his contribution to the science of psychology until in 1980 a friend gave me a copy of Edward Edinger's Ego and Archetype: Individuation and the Religious Function of the Psyche. From that time on I felt compelled to read the work of this great master, C. G. Jung, directly, as well as the work of some of his adherents." Scott joined the C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle Area three years ago, and was elected by the board to serve as membership director several months ago.
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Join us for September Jung Society Movie & Discussion Night
Nobody's Fool is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Richard Russo. It stars Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gene Saks, Josef Sommer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Philip Bosco. The film was written for the screen and directed by Robert Benton. It was Tandy's final produced film before her death on September 11, 1994. It was released 3 months after her death.
Paul Newman plays a man approaching retirement age who is getting by working construction jobs in a small upstate New York town. There is great warmth and humor in this portrayal of a man on the downhill slope of his life, who is still trying to find a way to live his life with some degree of integrity, while learning from his mistakes, and learning to be a better father and hopefully a useful grandfather.
Location: Lee and Terry Lawrence’s home Kinsale Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517. For directions, call 919 604-0427.