Puer and Senex in Midlife

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Thomas Patrick Lavin, PhD. 1 hour 45 minutes. Audio.

Topics: Complex, Gender.

Like a Donkey Between Two Bales of Hay: Puer and Senex in Midlife

Puer aeternus is Latin for eternal boy, used in mythology to designate a child-god who is forever young; psychologically, it is an older man whose emotional life has remained at an adolescent level. The puer typically leads a provisional life, due to the fear of being caught in a situation from which it might not be possible to escape. He covets independence and freedom, chafes at boundaries and limits, and tends to find any restriction intolerable. Senex (“old man”): associated with attitudes that come with advancing age. Negatively, cynicism, rigidity, conservativism; positively, responsibility, order, self-discipline. The elder pole of the spirit archetype. A healthy personality balances senex with puer. In this lecture, Dr. Lavin discusses the experience of Puer and Senex in midlife.

This lecture is part of the series Crisis or Creativity: The Nature and Challenge of the Second Half of Life.

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Thomas Patrick Lavin, PhD is a Zürich-trained Jungian analyst who holds a PhD in clinical psychology and a PhD in theology. He was formerly chief clinical psychologist for the U.S. Army in Europe and is a founding member of the CG Jung Institute of Chicago. He is in private practice in Wilmette, Illinois, and consults internationally on typology, spirituality and addictions.

© 1991 Thomas Patrick Lavin
Ⓟ 1991 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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Lavin, Tom

Thomas Patrick Lavin, PhD is a Zürich-trained Jungian analyst who holds a PhD in clinical psychology and a PhD in theology. He was formerly chief clinical psychologist for the U.S. Army in Europe and is a founding member of the CG Jung Institute of Chicago. He is in private practice in Wilmette, Illinois, and consults internationally on typology, spirituality and addictions. Gender Male Treatment Types Individuals and couples Age Groups Adults Specialty Areas Dream Interpretation Typology Spirituality in a Clinical Context Contact Lavins1@aol.com 847.251.3579 Main Office
 

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