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World Soul, Complexity, and the ‘Trump’ Phenomenon, presented by Ronald Schenk, MSW, PhD

posted Dec 19, 2019, 1:56 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society   [ updated Jan 3, 2020, 10:59 AM ]
Thursday, January 9, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

7:00pm Networking | 7:30 Presentation (1.5 CEUs) 

The Lovett Center

900 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006 

Non-member Registration Fee: $20 

CEU Fees

Active Members & Student Members: Free
Friend Members & Non-Members: $20 

Does culture have a soul, independent and autonomous? Is this soul in crisis and can we conduct an analysis of its bedrock upon which our consciousness, in part, rests? Does the individual psyche have a political component? Can this aspect, the political psyche, be considered in the analytic setting?

Ancient western tradition posits a “world soul”, a force running through every aspect of the world, providing a connection with every other part. Likewise, contemporary complexity theory holds that phenomena of the world emerge through the interaction of systems outside of human intentionality. From these standpoints, cultural issues can be seen from a larger depth psychological perspective than contemporary political dialogue allows. This presentation will lay out the concept of soul and American soul and relate them to the science of complexity. The “Trump” phenomenon serves as an emergence from the interaction of multiple systems in the cultural soul. The focus of the presentation and discussion will be on how qualities ascribed to an individual placed in a role of leadership are reflections of various strains predominant in the cultural psyche and how this type of inquiry relativizes a sense of certainty regarding American identity.

  1. Attendees will be able to gain understanding of how personal and cultural forces converge and inform one another.
  2. Attendees will be able to gain understanding of how political discourse, personal and cultural, permeates the analytic relationship.
  3. Attendees will gain insight in using awareness of the political psyche in analytic work.
Ronald Schenk, MSW, PhD, Jungian analyst practicing in Dallas and Houston is a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, having served in many administrative positions including President. He has recently served as President of the Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysis. He has worked on the Navajo Reservation and has created a presentational mode of lecture, song, art, dance and poetry based on Navajo ceremony. He has published recent essays on language, the city, and anger, and his current books are The Soul of Beauty; Dark Night: Imagination in Everyday Life; The Sunken Quest, the Wasted Fisher, the Pregnant Fish: Essays on a Post-Modern Depth Psychology and the most recent, American Soul: A Cultural Narrative. Future work considers The Analytical Mind, Anima Mundi, Archetypal Expressions, and The Way of the Psyche.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
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Dec 19, 2019, 1:56 PM