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A Series held in Irvine:
Encountering the Shadow
October 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 25, 2018
Presented by Sherri Mahdavi, Ph.D.
That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our life as fate. –C.G. Jung
In this series of seminars we will examine Jung’s concept of the Shadow, the aspects of ourselves that we view as negative, often repress, devalue, and which can have the effect of making us feel inferior, worthless, and primitive, in comparison to our ego ideal. Utilizing case material, we will focus on how the shadow aspect of our personality, when unintegrated and unconscious, can gain dominance over our lives, leading to potentially destructive and harmful behavior. We will discuss how to recognize when a patient is identified with or defensively enacting aspects of their shadow, and how to best address this within the context of the therapeutic relationship.
- Describe what is meant by the term Shadow in analytical psychology
- Describe the defensive aspect of the shadow
- Describe how the defenses of projection and projective identification serve to protect the ego from feelings of helplessness, inferiority, and self-doubt
- Describe what is meant by the term shadow projection
- Give an example of a shadow projection in the context of the transference relationship
- Describe the defensive aspect of idealization as a type of shadow projection
- Describe how the defenses of triumph and superiority protect the ego from feelings of self doubt and inferiority
- Give an example of what inhibits a patient being able to integrate aspects of their shadow
Sherri Mahdavi, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in Irvine. She also serves as an Associate Professor of Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Southern California, where she teaches courses in Depth Psychology.
Psychologists/LCSWs/MFTs/LPCCs: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Nurses: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.