The Self & Contemporary Spiritual Thought: Ego in Relationship to the Other

2 hours 22 minutes



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Topics: Active Imagination, CG Jung, Religion and Spirituality, Society and Culture, the Self and Self Psychology.

The Self and Contemporary Spiritual Thought: Ego in Relationship to the Other

In the opening page of the Red Book Jung records the dialogue in which the Spirit of the Deep passes judgment on the Spirit of the Time, challenging all that Jung and western culture had accomplished. This confrontation marked Jung’s discovery of the religious function of the psyche and the reality of the Self.

In this lecture we will explore Jung’s discovery of the religious capacity of the psyche and its mythologizing function, emphasizing the development of Jung’s concept of the Self over time. We will consider what he learned from his own Christian inheritance and from non-western religious thought, as well as what is relevant for people now.

Audio: An audio MP3 is included in the download.

PowerPoint: Slides are edited into the video.

Learning Objectives:

1) Learn how the religious function of the psyche can challenge the status quo.

2) Better understand what Jung means by “Self” and how it can manifest over time.

3) Appreciate the relevance of Christian and non-western religious thought for understanding the Self.


© 2011 George Didier and William Schmidt
℗ 2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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1 MP3 File: 130MB

Video Format

1 MP4 File: 550MB

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640×480. Codec: x265.


Didier, George

Dr. George Didier, III is a clinical psychologist, pastoral psychotherapist and a diplomate Jungian Analyst in private practice in Rockford, Crystal Lake, and Chicago, IL. After graduate studies he was ordained a catholic priest and served the Diocese of Rockford for 10 years. During this time, he also went back to school and earned a doctorate in pastoral psychotherapy. He left the priesthood after 10 years, married and changed careers, going back to school again to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology. After graduation he worked as a psychologist and teacher at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Rockford, while developing his private practice. Dr. Didier was a founding member of the Center for Wholistic Counseling at Resurrection, in Woodstock, IL, serving as clinical director of the Center from 1995 to 2007. Dr. Didier’s area of specialization includes working with mood and anxiety disorders, mind/body wellness, trauma and life transitions, relationship difficulties, including gay and lesbian issues, and crises in personal and spiritual growth. He provides psychotherapy and Jungian psychoanalysis with individuals, adolescence, couples and families. With over 25 years of serving and working with individuals, couples, and families he has focused his attention and specialized in the exploration and interfacing of depth psychology and spirituality. At this intersection he has had additional training in meditation, breath work and transpersonal psychology. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (2006) PSY.D. IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY: Illinois School of Professional Psychology. (1994) DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN PASTORAL PSYCHOLOGY: Chicago Theological Seminary. (1989) MASTERS OF ARTS IN THEOLOGY: Catholic University of America. (1980) BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY: Northern Illinois University. (1977) Professional Organizations International Association for Analytical Psychology American Psychological Association Illinois Psychological Association Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts American Association of Pastoral Counselors APA Division 39 Member - Psychoanalysis   Age Groups Adults Adolescents/Teens Treament Types Individuals Couples Famliies Specialty Areas Typology Testing Diagnostic Testing Contact 815.399.2611 Main Office
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Schmidt, Bill

William S. Schmidt, PhD is an Associate Professor of the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University Chicago. He was the Graduate Program Director at IPS for degrees in both Pastoral Counseling and Spirituality for over ten years. He is a Diplomate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and Editor of the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health (Taylor and Francis/Routledge). His research interests include the interface of Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality. His specific current focus addresses the theme of contemporary Pilgrimage as a resource for personal growth, transformation, and healing.



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