Beyond The Heart of Darkness: The Shadow Re-Visited

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Date(s) - 10/10/2015
9:45 am - 12:30 pm

Cambridge - Friends Meeting House


Christopher Perry

Beyond The Heart of Darkness- The Shadow Re-VisitedOf all the gifts C.G Jung bequeathed us, his idea of the ‘Shadow’ offers humanity a signpost on the path of individual and collective individuation and an opportunity to grapple with everything within ourselves that we dislike or disown, and tend to see in others – individuals, families, groups, organisations, countries etc. – whom we then attack with varying degrees of force and violence, coercing them into remaining alien to us.

In this talk, I will describe some of the contents of the personal and collective shadow and how these meet in the archetypal image of the ‘Trickster’, before moving on to explore how the Shadow develops through infancy and early childhood, its relationship with mechanisms of self-protection, its assimilation through personal engagement (sometimes through therapy). I will touch on the question of evil and the complex process of forgiveness.

After the coffee break, I will show a brief film-clip, illustrating some of the difficulties in facing the Shadow. We will finish by trying to gather together collective shadow pre-occupations and thinking of how to work with them.

Christopher Perry is a former Director of Training of the SAP, a Training Analyst and Supervisor of this Society and BJAA. He is the author of Listen to the Voice Within: a Jungian Approach to Pastoral Care and of numerous articles on analytical psychology and group analysis. He works in private practice, teaches on various psychotherapy training programmes and was an expert witness for Refugee and Migrant Justice until this government withdrew funding and the organisation was closed.

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