2019-2020 Programs

August 2019

Film and Psychoanalysis: 
Steppenwolf
Rodney Waters and
Virginia Angel

Program Details:
August 1, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm social hour
7:00pm - 9:30pm

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
 
Set in post-World War Europe, this 1974 adaptation of Hermann Hesse's 1927 novel follows the story of Harry Haller, a mysterious intellectual struggling to reconcile the civilized self with the "wolf" in him. He encounters a series of characters that accompany him into the depths of his psyche and enters the fantastical Magic Theater, where potential madness could lead to redemption.
 

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Film and Psychoanalysis:
Pleasantville
Sharon Chada, PhD

Program Details:
August 8, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm social hour
7:00pm - 9:30pm

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
 
Pleasantville
 (1998), a comedy that juxtaposes modern life with the escapist idealism of a 1950s sitcom, is a social commentary, highlighting the conflict between our desires and drives on one hand and our personal and social identity on the other. The film brings to life the fantasy of escaping the rudeness, decadence, and danger of contemporary life for a simpler, more idyllic existence. It is a parable of our individual and societal use of repression to cope with the anxieties of living a purposeful, meaningful life.

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Film and Psychoanalysis: 
Mother!
Michael Escamilla, MD

Program Details:
August 15, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm social hour
7:00pm - 9:30pm

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
 
Note: This film is rated R for graphic violent and sexual content
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Darren Aronofsky’s films often draw from biblical and folk myths, or as he refers to them, “the oldest stories of mankind.” Inspired by the book of Genesis, the psychological horror film Mother! (2017) touches on themes like patriarchal and matriarchal religions, the nature of sacrifice, and creation. Mother! is presented with a type of dream logic rarely seen in the last few decades of cinema. Viewing the film’s mythological images through an archetypal lens, we can expose some of the raw content underlying the collective unconscious.
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Film and Psychoanalysis: 
Lady Bird
Ellen Safier, LCSW

Program Details:
August 22, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm social hour
7:00pm - 9:30pm

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
 
Lady Bird (2017), the directorial debut of its screenwriter Greta Gerwig, is the coming-of-age story of a high school senior with a turbulent relationship with her mother.  Ms. Gerwig has suggested that the film, set in Sacramento in 2002, is somewhat autobiographical. The Academy Award-nominated film serves up a rare combination of authenticity, humor, and humanity. There are no victims or villains, and with the tenderness of the writing and the direction, each character’s struggles are lovingly and painfully understood.
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 September 2019


Personality Dynamics in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: A Roadmap for Change
Dr. Jonathan Shedler, PhD

Program Details:
September 14, 2019
8:30am - 9:00am | networking and breakfast
9:00am - 4:00pm | workshop
12:00pm - 1:00pm | lunch

The Menninger Clinic
12301 S. Main St.
Houston, TX 77006
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Active Members $150
Student Members $50
Friend Members $200
Non-Members $250

Co-sponsored and hosted by The Menninger Clinic on their campus