FREE DOWNLOAD: This seminar is now available for free through the Jungianthology Podcast.
Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD.
They Had a Dream (We Have a Dream): C G Jung, Martin Luther King, Jr, and the Evocative Power of Symbols
Jung initially rejected the invitation to write Man and His Symbols, whose intention was to make Jungian psychology understandable to a general audience, but a dream convinced him otherwise. In his dream, he speaks to a multitude of enthralled people who understand everything he says. In this presentation on Chapter 1 of Man and His Symbols, “Approaching the Unconscious,” we’ll explore how two years after Jung completed both his chapter and his life, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a multitude of enthralled people and translated many Jungian concepts into everyday language in his “I Have a Dream” speech. Jung’s chapter is concerned with four major areas—the unconscious, dreams, archetypes, and symbols—all four of which we find illustrated and translated to a general audience in King’s dream speech. We’ll dream the dream forward into the 2020 election and see how leading presidential candidates are working with archetypes and symbols as well, on behalf of the psychological health of the body politic.
As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:
1) Identify the areas of distinction and overlap between personal (introverted) and cultural (extroverted) therapy.
2) Analyze and assess the archetypes and symbols being offered by leading 2020 presidential candidates.
3) Discuss and apply the theories from the presentation to working with our own dreams, the dreams of our clients, and the dreams of our country.
Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD was the founder and former chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies doctoral degree at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has spent almost two decades researching, writing about, and presenting on Martin Luther King, Jr., including her 2005 title, Integration: The Psychology and Mythology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and His (Unfinished) Therapy With the Soul of America. Her latest books include Everyday Reverence: A Hundred Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground and a co-authored volume titled Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit. jenniferleighselig.com