Coming to Rock Bottom: Mary Addenbrooke

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Date(s) - 17/06/2017
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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SAP London

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Coming to Rock Bottom

Addiction: The Unique Contribution of Carl Gustav Jung

Mary Addenbrooke

Rock Bottom is a term for the crisis which can enable the start of reorientation in life for someone who has been in thrall to any addiction. This morning we shall aim to explore together the relevance of such a crisis in terms of enabling the development of a fuller and more rewarding personal life. In 1913 Jung experienced a life crisis of his own. He abandoned the distinguished professional status he had achieved up to that point in favour of engaging in what he termed a confrontation with the unconscious, and one of his fantasies in the Red Book depicts the murder of the hero whose quest has lost its meaning and become toxic. This state resembles the depths of desolation many addicted people come to experience.

Mary Addenbrooke, PhD, has a special interest in research into addiction, having studied at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. She is a training analyst in the Society of Analytical Psychology and is in private practice. Her book Survivors of Addiction: Narratives of Recovery was published by Routledge in 2011.

Chair: Elizabeth Gray

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