Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology

Second Conference

Rome, December 4, 5 & 6, 2015

In the spirit of Marsilio Ficino’s esse in anima, Jung tended to consistently include the world in his vision of the soul. From a close reading of the true complexity of analytical psychology, the highly paradoxical relationship between container and what is contained emerges: the introverted path leads us to recognize that what is seen as being outside is also within, while the path of extroversion attunes us to the recognition of the fact that what is within us is also to be found outside. Therefore, the challenge to include precisely that part of human reality which seems to belong exclusively to the outside world in our psychological considerations is one of the crucial challenges we face in our work. Thus everything which is political, in the broadest sense of that term, can emerge and be felt as symbolic reality.

Analysts and academics whose work is grounded in Jung’s ideas have made internationally recognized contributions in many areas in an attempt to weave the delicate thread between what is psychologically within and psychologically without, thus creating a unifying space and common ground between them. Some of these areas include: psychosocial and humanitarian interventions, migrations, ethno-psychopathologies, conflict resolution, ecopsychology, issues affecting indigenous peoples, prejudice and discrimination, gender issues, culture and personality, leadership and citizenship, social inclusion, and economics and finance. These questions in turn touch upon theoretical and practical issues related to the analyst’s entitlement and the analytical mandate, to various types on setting, and to theories of the unconscious and the personality. Still further implications have to do with the structure of archetypical, cultural and personal complexes, the role of the action and of Jung’s appropriation of the Adlerian theory of education as well as the nature of the Persona. And how could we fail to include the relationship between community and individuation, the creative use of expressive and elaborative tools such as sand-play or art, and of the role and symbolic meaning of social action.

This second conference will be of interest to activists, concerned citizens and academics — as well as to the whole range of clinical disciplines, whether Jungian or not, as it attempts to address many of the most pressing crises and dilemmas of our time.

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