Here are the talks and workshops that happened at the Monterey Friends of CG Jung.

African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows, by Fanny Brewster—with John Dotson

“Jung met the challenge of making the unconscious conscious. His willingness to search far and wide in service of the psyche is admirable... I have shown where and how he was unable to be sufficiently inclusive in his model of all of those in the human collective, unable to put into practice what he was preaching. A basic core value of American Jungian psychology is that it must have as its nature the potentiality for being different, for changing its…

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Jordan Peterson: Positions and Polarities —with Gary Lowe, Eileen Murphy MD, and John Dotson

Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist at the University of Toronto. He received widespread attention in the late 2010s as the self-proclaimed “professor against mandated political correctness.” An early book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, establishes a common landscape between mythos and biology, citing Jung, Campbell, Neumann, Hillman, Nietzsche, Solzhenitsyn, and Dostoevsky. His highly popular online presentations and the book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos have had major influence with young males. We will discuss Peterson’s positions…

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From Insect Pathologist to Jungian Analyst—From 1968 to Donald Trump: Lessons Learned from Berkeley in the Late 60s—with Dennis Merritt

After being 1-A for the Viet Nam War draft, I arrived in Berkeley in the fall of 1967 to begin working on a PhD in insect pathology and microbial control of insect pests. I soon realized I was in the perfect place to experience a revolutionary period on the planet. Jung was “in the air,” and within nine months of reading him I applied to train at the Jung Institute in Zürich in 1974. I had been transformed by my Berkeley experience,…

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Transdisciplinarity: a method to interact and understand our place in the world —with Gregory Brun

In an increasingly complex world, and confronted with issues of planetary scale, it seems more and more difficult to find ground for collective actions that can deal effectively with the “Big Picture.” After “the death of God, the death of Man, the end of ideologies, and the end of History,” we find ourselves considering scientific knowledge as the only way to address the great challenges of our times. Objectivity has become the sole requisite for problem solving. Subjectivity, prerogative of…

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Jung Legacy Series: James Hillman’s Revisioning Psychology —with Rev G.F. Kohn, PhD

In his seminal work Revisioning Psychology, James Hillman presents his Archetypal Psychology in the direction of “soul making.” Hillman is a major influence at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara where his archives are located. The Legacy Series is a seminar study. Open discussion is encouraged as we work our way through the book. All are welcome to join our ongoing discussions of Hillman’s approach to depth psychology.

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