Presented by Thomas Singer, M.D. on July 14, 2017
Although Jung had a keen interest in the collective psyche early in his career, over time he became increasingly focused on the notion of individuation, and less on collective phenomenon. Today we have become aware that the understanding of the collective psyche is essential both in the development of the individual as well as the development of group social, political, and cultural life. Dr. Singer, who has studied cultural complexes in Australia, Latin America, Europe, North America, and Asia, will describe the basics of the cultural complex theory and its relationship to the Jungian tradition drawing from these unique cultural perspectives.
Thomas Singer, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in private practice in San Francisco. He is the editor of a series of books which explore cultural complexes in different parts of the world, including Australia (Placing Psyche), Latin America (Listening to Latin America), Europe (Europe’s Many Souls), and North America (The Cultural Complex). He is currently working on a book about cultural complexes in Asia. In addition, he has edited Psyche and the City, The Vision Thing, co-edited Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche, and co-authored A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Fever. Dr. Singer currently serves as the President of ARAS which explores symbolic imagery from all cultures since the beginning of human history. His most recent article, “Trump and the American Selfie” appears in A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump.