- April 1, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructors: Tom Lavin
Once upon a time there was a very sad and depressed country. The people were very angry and frustrated because they knew they had been lied to. They realized that some people in their military had been sent to countries to which they did not belong and some had even died there. They realized that new borders were proposed. They felt lost and did not feel they belonged anymore. They no longer felt they were a part of something bigger. They realized that their pride and trust were gone.
Then came a man out of nowhere. He had never served in an elected office. He promised he would make the country great again. Huge crowds came to hear the man speak of renewed greatness. He promised he would employ the unemployed and he would repair and build new roads. People who were deemed not belonging were to be expelled and he would build walls to keep undesirables out of that country. People had a strong need to feel good about them selves and he promised he would help them regain their pride. The man’s name was Adolph Hitler, nicknamed “Der Fuehrer” (the leader) and his name was on everyone’s lips.
Today in America we have many people who feel disillusioned and powerless. Our cultural consciousness seems to be sagging. Are we all suffering from a cultural inferiority complex? Sometimes we have complexes; sometimes complexes possess us. The Trump name is on everyone’s lips because he has touched a cultural complex. To avoid the tragic mistakes of Germany in the 1930s, we in America would do well to go back to the complex theories of C.G. Jung and look for archetypal patterns.
This lecture is about the Trump Phenomena that possesses our country. It is not meant to be an analysis of Donald J. Trump the person and/or his psychological complexes. It is an examination of the archetypal cultural complex of America today.
About the Instructor
Thomas P. Lavin, PhD, is a Zurich trained Jungian analyst and licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Wilmette, Illinois. He completed his training in both clinical psychology and theology at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and is a founding member of the C. G. Jung Institute in Chicago. Tom’s area of expertise is religion and spirituality in the clinical context.