Events for October 5, 2019
Edith Sullwold Memorial Lecture
The Childhood of the Biblical God:
The Underpinnings of the Yahweh Complex in Human Behavior
Presented by Michael Gellert, M.A., L.C.S.W. The degree of character flexibility, the ability to open oneself to the outside world or to close oneself to it, depending on the situation, constitutes the difference between a reality-oriented and a neurotic character structure. – Wilhelm Reich This presentation will focus on the profound disappointments and suffering that the biblical God encountered on his evolution toward greater consciousness. We will explore how these contributed toward his PTSD and other clinical and existential afflictions as illustrated in the Hebrew Bible. We will also discuss what it means historically and for us today that the God of Western and Islamic civilization suffered from these conditions. Special attention will be given to what Jung, among others, has called the “Yahweh complex,” a cluster of clinical features including narcissistic grandiosity and self-centeredness, fits of rage, and empathic failure. Our approach to God will be as a figure of the religious imagination rather than as a representation of an objective Godhead. Learning Objectives: Describe how the story of the Abrahamic God mirrors the evolution of our human experience of God from a personal and symbolic perspective. Describe from a historical and cultural perspective the idea that the God […]Find out more »
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