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DARK SELVES: Shadow Encounters in Personal and Public Life

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2015
  • 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
  • 8:30 PM
  • Guy Mason Community Center at Calvert and Wisconsin Aves., 3600 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007


  • Members who are seniors over 65 or full time students with ID

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7 Tuesdays, Beginning October 6


James Hollis

For each of us there are energies, motives, agendas that operate outside our conscious control and are sometimes contrary to our professed values. These energies, which Jung collectively identified as the Shadow, might only occasionally be defined as evil, but more often as that which make us uncomfortable with ourselves. Such energies represent an enormous summons to greater consciousness and to the possibility of living more ethically.

His course will define and illustrate the many ways in which the Shadow operates in personal and social life: our daily choice making, our family and business settings, our institutions; it even shapes our views of the nature and purpose of the cosmos.

At the end of the course, we will have some exercises through which each of us will be able to lift some of the personal Shadow out of the hidden world into fuller scrutiny.

James Hollis, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, a Jungian analyst in private practice, and author of fourteen books.


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