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An Analytical Psychology Club Event:
Romantic Love or a Dream?
September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmPrepaid Cost: $30 – $35
Presented by Robert Moradi, M.D.
Rumi says: انكه برد بحث را عشقست و بس “The one who succeeds in the debate is none but love.” In other words, love always wins. But love doesn’t care about the price that lovers have to pay because love, as ancient Greeks knew, is a goddess and thus cannot be aware of the human condition. While in the throes of a passionate romance, the lovers, although technically awake, might as well be in the midst of a turbulent dream. Similar to the way we try to decipher the meanings of our dreams, we need to bring curiosity to our romantic love experiences. As we know, the ego’s attitude and actions in a dream state are usually one-sided, and the same could be said about the ego in love. The mystery of love, as in the case of a dream, is a communication from the depth of our existence.
As much of a gift a romance can be, the lover’s outlook and conclusions are usually distorted and lack the clarity of an objective witness. That is the kind of objectivity that is necessary for the person in love, akin to what we do in trying to understand our dreams. In this sense, bringing consciousness to romantic love could be a potent vehicle for self-knowledge.
Robert Moradi, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Santa Monica. He is clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and emeritus psychiatrist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he directed training of residents in psychiatry. As a Jungian analyst, he teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, UCLA School of Medicine, Reiss-Davis Graduate Center and New Center for Psychoanalysis. He has published and presented extensively in the field.