We are All on Fire: The Inevitable Trauma of Human Life

56 minutes



Part of the symposium Trauma and the Soul. Purchase the full symposium for 30% off the individual titles!

Topics: Religion and Spirituality, Trauma.

We are All on Fire: The Inevitable Trauma of Human Life

Every human life has pain including birth trauma, developmental trauma and death. We all have to face life’s unpredictability and lack of consideration for our feelings. In our search for stability and safety we form elaborate defenses against our vulnerability and fear. We can interrupt this reactive cycle by connecting to the larger Self or ever present dynamic source. This new center can contain and comfort us. It can provide a way to relate to our complexes without being overwhelmed. If we realize that suffering connects us and that we are all in the same boat, we can develop deep compassion for all living beings.

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Barbara Friedman, PhD is past president of the CG Jung Institute of Chicago, a Jungian analyst, a licensed psychologist in private practice, a certified addictions counselor, and a certified Yoga Instructor. She is the author of Partners in Healing: Redistributing the power in the Counselor Client Relationship and has published many articles on Analytical Psychology.

© 2016 Barbara Friedman
℗ 2016 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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Friedman, Barbara

Barbara Friedman, PhD is a Jungian analyst and licensed clinical psychologist. She is also a certified addictions counselor and yoga instructor. Her studies have included many years of Buddhist practice as well as other Eastern meditative traditions. She completed five years of training at the Gestalt Institute of Greater Cleveland in individual, group and intimate systems work. Barbara is the author of Partners in Healing: Redistributing the Power in the Counselor Client Relationship. Her community service includes The Cuyahoga County Drug Abuse services Board and The C. G.  Jung Educational Center of Cleveland, where she was a founding member. After years of service in addictions and mental health agencies, Barbara moved into private practice. She sees individuals and small groups in Chicago, Illinois. She defines her mission as advocating change in the power dynamic, between people and within the psyche, so that each of us can live out our truest and fullest nature. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: IRSJA. (2001) PH.D. IN COUNCELING PSYCHOLOGY: Case Western Reserve University. (1979) MASTER’S IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: John Carroll University. (1974) BACHELOR’S IN AMERICAN STUDIES: Western Reserve University. (1967) Professional Organizations The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts International Association for Analytic Psychology The Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts The Yoga Alliance Age Groups Adults Treatment Types Individuals Groups Contact bfriedman14@gmail.com 216.780.8386 In-Person/Telehealth: In-Person & Telehealth Main Office: 233 E Erie St Suite 709, Chicago, IL 60611



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