Growing Up: What Films Teach Societies About Maturation, with Chris Miller, Ph.D.

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Growing Up: What Films Teach Societies About Maturation
Chris Miller, Ph.D

Saturday, April 22: 10 am – 1 pm
Cost: $45

Jung believed that dreams sometimes have a significance not only for the individual dreamer but for society at large. He referred to such dreams as big dreams. With reference to the Oscar-winning films Birdman and The Revenant the present talk discusses ways these films function as big dreams to facilitate a needed change in collective consciousness. The same change is at the heart of recent popular films in which superheroes from the DC and Marvel comic book universes unite against a common enemy. Film images and clips shall accompany the talk. The workshop will examine the difference between archetypal and mythological dreams, as well as addressing the representation of the warrior and hero archetypes in these films.

Chris Miller, Ph.D., serves as Adjunct Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. Since 2005 he has also worked at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles where he has lectured on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hugo, Boyhood, and The Revenant. His review of Boyhood was published in Psychological Perspectives.


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