Erik D. Goodwyn, MD
Changing the Narrative A dynamic interdisciplinary psychology
September 16th & 17th, 2016
First Community Church, South
Reduced prices available until 09/09/2016
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Friday Evening Lecture 7:00pm - 9:00pm (2 CEUs)
Healing Symbols, Narratives & Ritual
How do rituals work?
Do they affect our physiology?
Do they affect an entire group?
We will explore how rituals from history, folklore, and cross-cultural study reveal the archetypal patterns that underlie not only rituals, but symbols and narratives as well, shedding light on their common psychological functions.?
Goodwyn's model makes sense of Jung's collective unconscious and inspires new ways to alleviate identity problems, grief, anxiety, depression, and meaninglessness.
Saturday Workshop 9:00am - 1:15pm (4 CEUs)
Reconciling Science and Spirit
Where does science end and religion begin?
Can spiritual images 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 imagery of myth and dreams to deep brain physiology, Goodwyn shows how mythic or religious symbols are more "godlike" than we might have imagined. They are undergirded by emotions that give an instinctual connection to our environment.
He weaves Jungian psychology with research in evolutionary psychology, mental imagery, and dream research to help us understand the nature of archetypal and synchronistic events. Our common dream, myth, and religious experiences can be meaningful and have trans- cendent purpose without discarding scientific rigor.
Erik D. Goodwyn, M.D. is assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of psycho- therapy 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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