Con-fusion: The Phenomena of Participation Mystique, with Brian Hobbs, M.Ed., CAGS

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Con-fusion: The Phenomena of Participation Mystique
Brian Hobbs, M.Ed., CAGS

Friday May 19th: 7 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $30 2 NASW and MHC CEUs

This program will present scenes from Akira Kurosawa’s film Derzu Uzala, The Hunter, to illustrate and explore the phenomenon of participation mystique, in which an unconscious identity or fusion with the other occurs. This concept, developed by the anthropologist Levy-Bruhl, was an important component of Jung’s psychology. The film brilliantly portrays how such an identification prevailed, in traditional societies, between humans and nature. Our program will also address how this phenomenon recurs (constantly!) in clinical settings and in our everyday life.

Brian Hobbs is a Jungian Analyst with a practice in Princeton, MA. His work and interests have a focus on the construction and representation of meaning.


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