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Erik D. Goodwyn, M.D.

Changing the Narrative
A dynamic interdisciplinary psychology

September 16th & 17th, 2016
First Community Church, South
1320 Cambridge Blvd Columbus, OH 43212
What we have left behind are only verbal spectres, not the psychic facts that were responsible for the birth of the gods. ... Today they are called phobias, obsessions ... The gods have become diseases.
- C.G. Jung
Friday Lecture: Healing Symbols, Narratives, and Rituals

How do rituals affect physiology, group selves, and meaningful coincidence? We will explore how rituals from history, folklore and cross-cultural study reveal universal themes and psychological functions. Goodwyn's innovative model makes sense of Jung's collective unconscious, archetypes, synchronicity, and emphasis on honoring others' metaphors and narratives to move from the known to the unknown.

Accessing these timeless archetypal patterns helps us become part of something larger than self, move from polarization to flow, and bring sense to chaos. We find new ways of alleviating problems with identity, grief, anxiety, depression, and meaninglessness.

2 CEUs for psychologists, counselors and social workers.(See Flyer for details.)(Register for event.)
Saturday Workshop: How Brain Physiology Shapes The Recurrent Imagery of Myth and Dreams

Where does science end and religion begin? Can "spiritual" images and feelings be understood on a neurobiological level without dismissing their power and mystery? Do we carry unreasonable expectations of our partner based on longings for an inner god?

By tracing the emotional imagery of myth and dreams to our deep brain physiology, Goodwyn demonstrates how mythic or religious symbols are more "godlike" than we might have imagined. Weaving Jungian psychology with research in evolutionary psychology, dream research, and metaphysical theory, he shows how our common dream, myth and religious experiences can be meaningful and purposeful without discarding scientific rigor.

4 CEUs for psychologists, counselors and social workers.(See Flyer for details.)(Register for event.)
Erik D. Goodwyn, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of psychotherapy training at the University of Louisville. As an Air Force officer, he cared for both military and civilian patients. He has published articles on the intersection of Jung with anthropology, cognitive science, ritual studies, evolutionary biology and philosophy of mind. His books include Healing Symbols in Psychotherapy, The Neurobiology of the Gods, and with Susan Greenwood, Magical Consciousness.

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The Bollingen Lecture was named after the “confession of faith in stone,” as Jung called his tower—the house he built for himself with his own hands at Bollingen. Over the years, as he would begin to feel that the house was incomplete, he would add rooms and courtyards and even an upper story. Bollingen was always the place where Jung said he felt most deeply himself. Over 20 years ago Bob and Ann Murtha took a leap of faith when they founded a yet to be formed organization they named The C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio. Now this has become one of the most respected Jungian-based organizations in the country and brings in outstanding, internationally known presenters. We are based in a lovely Victorian house in the Short North area of Columbus which also holds our Library, Bookstore, our highly regarded Gallery, as well as offices for several local Jungian analysts.

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