A Manual for Living with Defeat: An Introduction to The Songs of Leonard Cohen, presented by Kurt Goerwitz, PhD

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A Manual for Living with Defeat: An Introduction to The Songs of Leonard Cohen, presented by Kurt Goerwitz, PhD

Time: June 10, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm
Location: Golden West College
Street: Fine Arts Building, Room 222
City/Town: Huntington Beach, CA
Website or Map: http://www.junginoc.org/GWCma…
Phone: 714-964-5741
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: Judy Kaufman, President, C.G. Jung Club of Orange County
Latest Activity: Jun 7, 2018

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Many patients seek psychotherapeutic treatment while suffering a defeat in their lives, such as the loss of a job or career, the refusal of a publisher or art gallery to accept their work, the loss of a loved one through divorce or death, the loss of property, loss of a lawsuit, loss of physical health or loss of faith.  This suffering may be somewhat relieved temporarily with medication or various cognitive/behavioral techniques, but if the patient is able to go through the psychological journey from shock and anger, through fear, confusion, into grief, despair and finally acceptance of the death of their previous reality, then an altered personality may be born out of this darkness with greater wisdom, humility and compassion for the other suffering human beings in this world.  Leonard Cohen’s most important songs provide a highly condensed psychological map of this journey of transformation.  A deeper understanding of his work will help us to accompany our patients as they seek the healing of these wounds and to help us see that each must do this in their own way and in their own time.

Kurt Goerwitz, PhD, was born in New York City and at age 6 moved to Southern California.  He received his doctorate in psychology from UCSB, trained as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, and was certified in 1988.  Kurt is past president of the Jung Institute of Los Angeles.  He is in private practice in Santa Barbara.

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