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THE SOUL IN ANGUISH: Psychological and Spiritual Approaches to Suffering, Lionell Corbett

  • Friday, May 15, 2015
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Venue to be announced


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Lionell Corbett 

Thoreau said that many people are living “lives of quiet desperation” and that “an unconscious despair is concealed under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.” This lecture will discuss the problem of suffering, the effects of suffering on the personality, and a variety of approaches to suffering found in depth psychology. The lecture will look at ways to find meaning in suffering, times when suffering can be seen as an initiatory process into a new level of consciousness, and the process of radical acceptance of suffering in situations in which it cannot be changed. We will also look at some of the traditional spiritual approaches to suffering and contrast these with a psychological approach.

Lionel Corbett trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is currently on the core faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of The Religious Function of the Psyche, Psyche and the Sacred, and The Sacred Cauldron as well as various professional articles. His main interest is in the religious function of the psyche and the ways in which this function expresses itself through the structures of personality.


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