Symbols and Individuation in Global Politics- Sonoma Seminar



Please note that there are 2 separate seminars that were broadcast on September 10, 2010. This is a 2 hour seminar live from Sonoma State University on Global Politics. The other is a 2 hour seminar from Zurich on the same topic.

This is a 2 hour seminar also held on September 10, 2010. It is lead by Thomas Singer, MD, a Jungian analyst out of the San Fransisco Institute. He looks much more specifically at President Obama and the many unconscious forces working for him and against him. He examines projection on a global level and how entire societies can become gripped in cultural complexes. His seminar is full of powerful images that amplify the intensities of these global complexes. It also includes an excerpt from a soon to be released Australian film on how the United States and President Obama became embroiled in specific unconscious forces.The world stage is a dramatic place full of actors surging with archetypal energies, which not only affect the world’s leaders but the countries, regions and other tribes that they serve. Caught in these unconscious storms, most countries and their leaders have no idea of the archetypal patterns into which they have fallen or how to contain them in a safe and productive manner. Instead they get “acted out” and in their most vicious forms involve troop deployments, IED’s, smart bombs, or even flying airplanes into skyscrapers. President George Bush and his international foreign policy became deeply entangled unknowingly therein. Perhaps more than any other recent leader in history, however, President Barack Obama carries a staggering magnitude of projected fears, hopes and dreams; so much so that he was awarded a Noble Peace Prize before barely lifting a finger. Obama’s success or failure will to a large degree rest on his ability to become aware of and exploit in a positive manner these archetypal forces. In order to have true international progress, the warring polarities between the West and the rest of the world must somehow be transcended into a new reality, a “global individuation” of sorts. Join us in this 3 hour live seminar from Sonoma, California where leading Jungian analyst Thomas Singer, explores these profoundly important questions. The seminar also includes some brief film clips of My America, a film by Peter Hegedus and produced by Jane Jeffes, Peter Hegedus and Trish Lake.



Thomas Singer, MD is a psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Medical School and a supervising training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is a member of the IAAP and on the board of ARAS. He has published extensively including: “The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society” (Routledge Press, 2004), “Initiation: The Living Reality of an Archetype” (Routlege Press, 2007) & “Psyche and The City: A Soul’s Guide to the Modern Metropolis, (Spring Publications, 2010)


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