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Evolution and Analytical Psychology: Thomas J. Kapacinskas, Jungian Analyst

Evolution and Analytical Psychology: Lecture by Thomas J. Kapacinskas, J.D., NCPsy.A., Jungian Analyst

Non-members $15 / Members $12 / Students $7

(Please note APSWNY will hold a brief annual meeting an election of directors prior to the lecture, beginning at 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend.)

This presentation surveys information from evolutionary genetics on religion and spirituality (R&S) as genetically based. It explores the hypothesis that R&S have become hard-wired in the human genome because they facilitate adaptation and survival: Religion by generating cohesion in groups; Spirituality—including individuation—by “winning” new/ alternative values (Jung) which eventually benefit the group not just the individual. However, an inherent dialectical tension exists between collective religion--supporting cohesion-- over against individuating spirituality (or “soul-making”)--devoted to“winning” new values. C.G. Jung is hypothesized to be a mediator of this tension. He is called by Edinger an “epochal man”, philosophically similar in stature to Hegel’s “great man of history” who mediates the zeitgeist of his time. In this presentation we begin to imagine the implications if the archetypal core—the collective unconscious-- is initially generated in the psyche by a genetic substrate foundational for everything in the human experience of body and soul but, subsequently, mysteriously, not confined to genetics.
T.J. Kapacinskas is a founding and faculty member of both the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts and its training institute, the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and of the Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and its training program. He is a past professor of Jungian Psychology in relation to religion in the Department of Theology, U. of Notre Dame. He maintained a practice in the South Bend/Notre Dame community and in Evanston, Illinois for 20 years and now practices in South Bend. His long-standing area of interest is the psychology of religion and the spirituality of psychotherapy. Over the years he has given many presentations around the world. He is married to Jungian Analyst, Judith Robert, PHD and has four children.

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