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The Many Faces of Loneliness

Please join me for a daylong workshop at the C. G. Jung Foundation of New York

Saturday, March 15, 2014  10 am – 4 pm

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All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
from Eleanor Rigby by Lennon/McCartney

If a man knows more than others, he becomes lonely.
C.G. Jung

 

At a time when social media claims to turn anyone into a friend with a computer click and a culture that wants us to believe that loneliness can best be remedied by adding more people to one’s life, virtual or otherwise, loneliness, often borne shamefully in secrecy, remains one of the most common complaints and ailments.

In this workshop, we will explore the meaning and possible purpose of loneliness through a Jungian lens. We will reflect on its many different manifestations and qualities and differentiate between a debilitating and stagnating loneliness and the potentially transformational one. Included in our reflections will be the relationship between loneliness and grief and death and dying within life, in its literal as well as symbolical sense. We will focus on what kind of attitude the conscious mind needs to develop when encountering the emptiness where nothing and no one seems to be there.

We will trace Jung’s own, often paradoxical, relationship to loneliness and how the solitary path of bearing one’s own uniqueness cannot be separated from Jung’s notion of individuation. We will include examples from literature in our reflections.

This workshop is both didactic and experiential. It is intended for anyone who wishes to develop a better understanding of how to make sense of this grand ailment of our times, including psychotherapists and other practitioners who encounter some of the many lonely people in their consultation rooms.

Participants are encouraged to bring a journal.

For more information and to sign up please visit: http://www.cgjungny.org/w/workshops82.html