Intimations in the Night: An Archetypal Perspective on Psyche and Spirit in the Aging Process

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Intimations in the Night: An Archetypal Perspective on Psyche and Spirit in the Aging Process
Michael Conforti, Ph.D.

Friday, March 23, 2018: 7 pm – 9 pm
$30  2 CEUs

“Normal development involves to a large extent the surrender of creativity in favor of a recognition of generally accepted cultural values and the sacrifice of individuality to an adjustment to the requirements of the collective…yet the survival and the creative endurance ofthis sacrifice provides the indispensable  basis for the individuation process of the second half of life, which is world embracing in the true sense of the world…” (Erich Neumann,  in Creative Man p. 212) *

 When entering the autumn and winter of life, we often experience a profound lack of orientation. So many of our meaningful accomplishments from the first stages of life now begin to lose their luster, and those aspirations and dreams which set our hearts on fire are now eclipsed by new and strange emotions, and desires can suddenly emerge from the shadows. And then there is the role of psyche and soul in this aging process, whereby the voice and needs of The Self now speak louder than the youthful chorus still clamoring for an outdated way of life.

We will look more deeply into this life transition through Hemmingway’s last major work of fiction, The Old Man and the Sea, where the dialogue between ego and Self, and those yearnings of our younger self confront the reality of who we are becoming as an older person.

* I want to thank Loralee Conforti for this Neumann reference


Dr. Michael Conforti, Ph.D., IAAP* is a Jungian analyst and the Founder and Director of The Assisi Institute.  He has been a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute – Boston, the C.G Jung Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master’s Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche (2002). His articles have appeared in Psychological Perspectives, San Francisco Jung Library Journal, Roundtable Press, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, and Spring Journal.  For more information visit:

IAAP* (International Association for Analytical Psychology)

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