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LOVE, SUFFERING, BETRAYAL: Works by Aldo Carotenuto on Passion and Individuation, Melanie Starr Costello

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016
  • Wednesday, October 05, 2016
  • 4 sessions
  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 05, 2016, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • The Library at the Jung Society, 5200 Cathedral Ave., N.W., Washington D.C. 20008


  • Members who are either over 65 or are full time students

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Four Wednesdays beginning September 7th (9/7, 9/14, 9/28 and 10/5)


Melanie Starr Costello

What better discloses the tangled truths about individuation than the struggle for human relationship?  Two works by the illustrious personality theorist and Jungian analyst, Aldo Carotenuto, will guide us in our discussion of the dynamic tensions between love, affiliation, and the search for personal authenticity.  We will grapple with perennial questions about the nature and demands of romantic love, with a view toward deepening our awareness of how love and longing reveal to us our greatest potentials and darkest depths.  We will consider ecstatic dimensions of the love experience alongside the power of longing to unleash unspeakable features of human personality: obsession, shame, jealousy, the struggle for power, and the fragmentation of identity.  

            Our discussion of love and suffering concludes with Carotenuto’s demonstration of betraya­l, in romantic love as well as within the context of family and community affiliation, as an essential feature in the development of personality.  Come share your perspective on the glories and unavoidable sufferings inherent in our search for human connection!

Readings:  Aldo Carotenuto,  To Love, To Betray: Life as Betrayal. Wilmette: Chiron Publications, 1996.

Aldo Carotenuto,  Eros and Pathos: Shades of Love and Suffering. Toronto: Inner City Books, 1989.

Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, historian, and Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice off Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. She earned her doctorate in the History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. A former Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Dr. Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, medieval spirituality, and clinical practice. Her study of the link between illness and insight, entitled Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception, is published by Routledge press. Currently her work explores archetypal currents running through the collective psyche in our times - a topic she takes up in her workshops on the Stranger, Aging, and Spirituality, and on Dream Cosmologies.


The Jung Society of Washington is dedicated to nourishing the human spirit and to serving the longing that comes to us in our dreams and in moments of hardship, imagination, struggle, and creativity.  We support the exploration of our own psychic depths and the primal impulse for personality integration that Dr. Carl Gustav Jung called "individuation".  With a psychological lens, we deepen the discussion of social issues, history, and current events.  We encourage the development of greater self-awareness and creative expression—individually, in relationships, and within the community. 

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Washington, DC 20016
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EMAIL: jungsociety@jung.org

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