Depth-Psychological Roots of Conspiracy Theories

Speaker: Solc, Vladislav
Product Code: Solc-Conspiracy-Theories-MP3
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Vladislav Šolc, MS, CSAC, ICS. 2 hours 25 minutes. Audio MP3 download.

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.

Audio Format 1 MP3 File: 129MB