Guest Lecturer: Verena Kast – The Meaning of Anger

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Date(s) - 04/03/2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane

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Verena Kast: The Psychology of Emotions: The Meaning of Anger

Verena KastIf our self-preservation or our self-development is threatened, we defend our boundaries and react with anger we draw back in a motivated aggression and anxiety, depending on the normal narcissistic self-homeostasis. We can open up our fantasies of revenge and, also, why we did not act them out.  Passive aggression must be seen and avoided.

With insight into one’s shadow, it is easier to fight, consider that we can be wrong in a situation, that we may well have reacted in an unfair way. Otherwise  people can be totally convinced that they are right, the other one wrong – and in this situation, a fight cannot become constructive.

It would be easier to have personal conflicts in a society in which it is understood that all people have the same right; integrity of the other is as important as their own integrity.

The readiness to forgive and to reconcile helps – and it is to be found especially in people in a love relationship, in loving people with a great heart, and in people who are a bit conscious about their shadow. But the reconciliation should not be too early: we have to find out what created the anger. The emotion and the feelings of anger, is an emotion that requires a lot of energy, allows us to change situations in a way that self-preservation and self-development are continuously possible in dialogue with a significant other, who wants the same.

 Dr. Verena Kast, former Professor of Psychology at the University of Zurich, is a training analyst, supervisor and lecturer at the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich, Küsnacht and president of the Curatorium. Her numerous books include:The Dynamics of Symbols; Father-Daughter, Mother-Son;Freeing Ourselves from the Complexes that Bind Us (Element, Dorset).

Chair: Jan Wiener

Fee: £20

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