Jungian Concepts Seminar III: Ego, Death, and the Self

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  •  February 20, 2015
     7:00 pm CST - 9:30 pm CST

CEUs: 2

Instructor:  Bob Moretti, PhD

This year’s Jungian Concepts Seminar is being presented by eight seasoned Jungian analysts.   This seminar is open to anyone interested in exploring Jung’s concepts, and is suitable for both new and returning participants, as topics vary from year to year.  Questions and discussion will be welcome at each session.

Friday February 20: Ego, Death, and the Self

Individuation requires a careful balancing of the interests of the ego and the Self.  Without attention to the Self, there is no way forward to the path of a meaningful life.  Without attention to the ego, there is no way to live in the world, and no way to implement the Self’s goal. Though we most commonly think of the ego’s needs as primary, they must, in fact, become subordinate to those of the Self if individuation is to occur.   The resistance to individuation, commonly observed in clinical practice, occurs precisely because the ego does not wish to become subordinate, a process which it likens to death.  Dealing with the ego’s fear of death is a crucial step in analytic work.  Excerpts of a paper of mine addressing this topic will be read to stimulate lively discussion.

About the Instructor
Robert J Moretti, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst practicing in downtown Chicago. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to Jungian analysis, his practice makes use of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness meditation, hypnosis, and other methods. As an experienced teacher he has long been dedicated to distilling the core concepts that are embedded within complicated ideas.

The 2015 Concepts Seminar Lineup Includes:

Friday January 23 (Lorna Crowl): Life Through A Purposive Lens

Friday February 20 (Bob Moretti): Ego, Death, and the Self

Friday March 27 (Jane Kamerling): Cultural Complexes and the Middle East

Friday April 24  (Cate Rondenet): Creation of Consciousness as a Spiritual Path

Friday May 15 (Ken James): Bringing it All Together: Jung’s Psychology in Perspective

Recommended Reading

Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Carl Jung); The Development of Personality (Carl Jung)

Power in the Helping Profession (Adolf Guggenbuhl)


Venue Phone: 847-475-4848 *221

Venue Website:

817 Dempster St., Evanston, Illinois, 60201, United States