Childhood Innocence, Racial Prejudice and Shaping of Complexes
3 CE Credits
Presented by a Jungian Analyst, professor and author with expertise in culture, dreams, and creativity.
Fanny Brewster, PhD, MFA is a Jungian analyst and faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is an author, lecturer and workshop presenter on Jungian related topics including Culture, Dreams and Creativity. Dr. Brewster’s most recent book titles are African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows (2017) and Archetypal Grief: Slavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss (Routledge, 2018).
Growing up within a particular culture defines personality as well as identity. This lecture focuses on the influential elements of ethnicity, racism and related childhood trauma that are impactful in our formative years. Jung spoke of complexes as “splinter psyches” created by emotional trauma or shock. Our discussion centers on the possible development of personality and accompanying racial complexes in us as children that are reflections of racial relations in our American Collective. Memories of childhood dreams can remain with us through our lifetime. This workshop will allow the dreamer to revisit significant childhood dreams in relationship to cultural and racial aspects of growing up.
- Describe the foundational definition of Jung’s Complex Theory
- Discuss knowledge regarding personal racial complexes development in children
- Demonstrate an understanding of American Collective racism and its relationship with ego development in children of color
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