Depth-Psychological Roots of Conspiracy Theories

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Root Awakenings

Each year represents new beginnings whether in one’s inner or outer life. As this alchemical image suggests, a hand reaches down from a cloud into the "Tree of Darkness and Light", its two halves depicting both ripe and blackened fruits, life and death, into roots of both light and shadow, with the vision of multiple stars and all seeing eyes.

Each new season offers a potential reflective return to the fertile ground of one’s roots and rootedness: a chance to humbly acknowledge, and potentially awaken to consciousness the mysterious, prescient and creative energy that dwells in our personal and collective roots.

This year’s series, Root Awakenings, honors Jung’s deep affinity for exploring the psychological depths of our interrelated and interdependent lives. We will seek to integrate the literal and symbolic roots of individuals, family, community, and society at large to strengthen our collective resilience for all beginnings as ongoing initiation.

Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet, I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains. 

- C G Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962)




Depth-Psychological Roots of Conspiracy Theories

Vladislav Šolc, MS, CSAC, ICS

Friday, February 1, 2019 │ 1-4pm

“It is an axiom of psychology that when a part of the psyche is split off from consciousness it is only apparently inactivated; in actual fact it brings about a possession of the personality, with the result that the individual’s aims are falsified in the interest of the split-off part.” -CG Jung 1951, [CW 9i, para. 277]

Is global warming a hoax? Is Earth actually flat? Is the CIA responsible for the attack on the WTC in New York? Why do many believe various bizarre theories despite the wealth of counter-evidence? The rise of fake news, alternative facts, and conspiracy theories, along with the fundamentalism, fanaticism, and propaganda of totalitarian governments from around the world, call for a no-holds-barred depth psychological exploration. Jung’s insights provide rich ways of the understanding these phenomena. In this course, we’ll explore:

1) the psychological phenomena and dynamics underlying conspiracy theories;
2) how the Self—namely non-credible representations of numinous energies—influences the way the ego holds on to conspiracy theories;
3) the unconscious (excessive, unhealthy) dynamics that maintain the ego’s adherence to conspiracy theories;
4) mythological and clinical parallels of the phenomena;
5) examples of how conspiracy theories shape politics and public affairs.


Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

1) Identify difference between spirituality and Dark religion;
2) Describe basic idea of numinosum in Jungian psychology;
3) Explore phenomena of possessions and identification;
4) Recognize basic characteristics of “Dark religion”;
5) Understand where conspiracism and creed overlap. 

Suggested Readings

• Casement, A., & David, T. (2006). The Idea of the Numinous. London: Routledge.
• Solc, V., Didier, J., G., (2018). Dark Religion, Chiron 


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

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


Bio
Vlado received training from Charles University in Prague, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Vlado focuses on psycho-spiritual crisis (loss of life’s meaning/direction), mind-body connection (psychosomatic issues), immigration and cultural issues, and women empowerment (emancipation). His specialties include treatment of addictions. Vlado is author of four depth psychology-oriented book and numerous articles in Czech magazines including Vesmir, Psychologie Dnes, MF Dnes etc.


Certification of the C.G. Jung Institute to train analysts is granted by The International Association of Analytical Psychology. The Institute is accredited as a psychoanalytic training institute by the The American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis, Inc. The Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. The C.G. Jung Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.