Jung's New Era Will Have an Ecological Framework

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Cultural, Political, and Environmental Chaos IV
Jung's New Era Will Have an Ecological Framework
with Dennis Merritt, PhD, LCSW

January 5, 2017 | 1-4pm

Jungian ecopsychology adds a significant dimension to the sustainability and the environmental movements by bringing an in-depth, holistic approach to the issues. We are dealing with nothing less than a paradigm shift in the West and cultures influenced by the West. Carl Jung coined the terms “new age” and “age of Aquarius” in 1940 for the paradigm shift he knew was coming in the West, a new paradigm that will have an ecological framework. Developing environmental crises, including climate change, the effects of a burgeoning human population, and water shortages will either be approached in a deliberative, conscious manner or drastic changes will be forced upon us after many disasters. We must recognize the uniqueness of our species, how we are able to bend the laws of nature for our species' advantage to create the current Anthropocene Era. A new approach begins with an ecological concept of the psyche starting at the intra-psychic level: how we relate to “the little people” in our dreams extends like a fractal through all levelssocial, cultural, educational, economic, and political. Staying within our Western cultural tradition, as Jung recommended, Hermes can be described as the god of the important new field of ecopsychology, which examines how our values, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors affect our relationship with the environment. Ecopsychology is at the center of a multidisciplinary approach to radically restructure our social, economic, and cultural systems in order to live ecologically and sustainably. A significant ecopsychological concept is that we are capable of a far deeper connection with nature than most of us currently experience, and a love of the land leads to a natural desire to protect it. Dreams, particularly dreams of animals, landscapes, and the seasons, can be used to deepen our connection with nature. 


C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago
53 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 438, Chicago, IL 60604 - MAP

$45 | Members $36 | Students $30 | 3 CEs ($15 fee)

Suggested Reading & Viewing
   - Merritt, Dennis. Hunger Games From A Jungian, Political, And Environmental Perspective 
   - Merritt, Dennis. A Jungian Perspective On The Most Important Issue Of Our Time—Climate Change 
   - Merritt, Dennis.  Star Wars—The Force Awakens

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:
   1) Describe the basic principles of Jungian Ecopsychology;
   2) Explain why we should be thinking in terms of Jung’s paradigm shift to approach social and environmental problems;
   3) Explain why the Greek god Hermes is central to a Jungian approach to addressing the chaos in society and the environment.

Dennis Merrit, PhD, LCSW has an MA in Humanistic Psychology from Sonoma State, a PhD in entomology from UC-Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Zurich Jung Institute. He practices as a Jungian analyst and ecopsychologist in Madison and Milwaukee, WI, and authored four volumes of The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe—Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology. His blog has articles on Jung and climate change; Hunger Games from a Jungian, political, and environmental perspective; and guns and the American psyche. Website: EcoJung.com. Blog: JungianEcopsychology.com.