Depth-Psychological Roots of Conspiracy Theories

2 hours 25 minutes



Topics: The Collective Unconscious, Myth and Fairytale, the Self, Society & Culture

Depth-Psychological Roots of Conspiracy Theories

“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.

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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

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.

© 2019 Vladislav Šolc.
Ⓟ 2019 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.

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Solc, Vladislav

Vladislav Šolc, MS, LCPC, CSAC, ICS is a Licensed Professional Psychotherapist who provides individual, group, couples and family therapy (counseling and psychotherapy) in Whitefish Bay (Milwaukee and Glendale, Wisconsin, WI 53217). Vlado accepts clients speaking English, Czech, Polish or Slovak language. He holds advanced training credentials as a Diplomate Jungian Psychoanalyst, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and Independent Clinical Supervisor. Vlado received his training in Europe and US: Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, Czech Association for Analytical Psychology, Brno, Czech Republic, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. The therapeutic process is a true art, and Vlado’s therapeutic approach begins where the client is at, and he incorporates an integrative and holistic approach to help attain the client’s potentials. He weaves together different therapeutic approaches, depending on the unique needs of the client. Always with the goal of respecting the dignity of the client, and providing a comfortable and confidential setting in which healing can occur. Vlado specializes on the treatment of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, interpersonal conflicts. His focus includes psycho-spiritual crisis and spirituality (loss of life’s meaning and direction), mind-body connection (psychosomatic issues), immigration and cultural issues (displacement from home country and grief), women empowerment and emancipation. His specialties also include treatment of addictions and marital psychotherapy with adult, and youth populations. Vlado is also involved in art and creative process and is author of several depth psychology-oriented books: Psyche, Matrix, Reality; Father’s ArchetypeIn the Name of God: Psychological Roots of Fanaticism, and most recently Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from the Perspective of Jungian Psychology. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (2012) MS: Charles University, Czech Republic. (2003) Professional Organizations Amos Training Institute Aurora Healthcare Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts Charles University in Prague Czech Association for Analytical Psychology Age Groups Adults Adolescents/Teens Treatment Types Individuals Couples Families Groups Specialty Areas Hypnotherapy Typology Testing Diagnostic Testing Contact [email protected] 414.351.7111 In-Person/Telehealth: In-Person & Telehealth Main Office: 6980 N Port Washington Rd, Glendale, WI 53217



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