The Blessing and Peril of Trauma, Guil Dudley, PhD

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The Blessing and Peril of Trauma, Guil Dudley, PhD

Time: September 19, 2014 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center
Street: 5802 E. Lincoln Drive
City/Town: Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Phone: 602-206-3891
Event Type: phoenix, friends, of, cg, jung, friday, evening, talk
Organized By: Leslie Knowlton at
Latest Activity: Sep 18, 2014

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The word trauma is taken from the Greek word for wound. These wounds can occur from a single event or chronic and repetitive wounding over time, such as child abuse, imprisonment, military combat, battering relationships, or enduring deprivation. Trauma takes us to the edge, where we can be overwhelmed by death, annihilation, depression, or psychosis. But it is also an ‘edge’ where a spiritual transformation or epiphany can occur. Jung calls such a dramatic reversal an enantiodromia, occurring when the psyche’s one-sided experience builds to a point where its opposite is unleashed. These reversals can either expand the soul or push it aside in a drive toward grandiosity. The speaker will illustrate with references to a manuscript he is completing about a father and son, the father reversing his repetitive disempowerment as a child and teenager and becoming swept into a drive to power, projecting his disempowerment on his son, crushing him. On the other hand, Helen Keller, Anne Frank, Cesar Chavez, and Harriet Tubman are widely disparate examples of people whose souls seem to have expanded under the grinding traumas of deprivation.

Guil Dudley, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and a member of the Santa Fe Institute of Jungian Analysts, where he is active as a panelist on the Institute’s public programs. He teaches in the Advanced Students Program and in the Institute’s Analytic Training Program. Guil practices in both the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. He is the author of two books and contributor to a third. He is completing a memoir that deals in part with generational patterns of early trauma and a compensatory “will to power” (Nietzsche’s term), and persona enhancement among successful corporate executives, investors, and others in the country’s top one percent of income earners.

Sponsored by the Phoenix Friends of CG Jung.

Member is $15.00: Non-member is $25.00.

Talk will be held in the Santa Barbara Room of the Casa.

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