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Psychopaths: people with no conscience – by Dr. Aaron Kipnis

Psychopaths: How People With No Conscience Affect Our Lives & How to Deal With Them

This is a fascinating 6-class webinar course which will cover the many facets of the psychopathic personality. During the course we will explore how we might live better in a world where people with this condition seem to be gaining prominence.  As the presenter, Dr. Aaron Kipnis, puts it the aim of the course is to empower participants to find more sanity in what seems to be becoming an increasingly insane world.

In his book, Without Conscience, Robert Hare argues that we live in a camouflage society, in which some psychopathic traits – egocentricity, lack of concern for others, superficiality, style over substance, being “cool”, manipulativeness, and so forth – increasingly are tolerated and even valued. Cold-blooded and remorseless psychopaths who blend into all aspects of society have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of business, politics, law enforcement, government, academia and other social structures where they often have devastating impacts on people around them.

Topics each week 

Week 1: What is a Psychopath? 
The word psychopath, of course, is quite loaded.  All kinds of psychological traits and behavioral theories hitchhike on this human condition. We will discuss them. Here are a few quick terms to help orient webinar attendees:

  • Asocial Person: self-involved to the exclusion of others
  • Narcissistic Person: self-involved yet needs to be seen and admired by others
  • Antisocial Person: harmful to the welfare of others
  • Sociopath: aggressively anti-social
  • Psychopath (Malignant Narcissist): the most dangerous predators on earth, lacking in empathy and incapable of imagining the common good

We will discuss causes and conditions that may support the growth of psychopathy and explore various ways to identify people who have this condition in order to gain greater understanding of it.

Week 2: Psychopath Nation
Symptoms of psychopathology can be found throughout societies, particularly during periods of accelerated transition and socio-economic strain. At certain junctures in history, entire nations have been grabbed by the psychopathy of a single charismatic leader.  Psychopathic tyrants stay in power because most others are deterred from speaking the truth. Psychopathic epidemics can flare up in that silence. It is important for us to have a greater understanding than the social sciences have thus far provided about the power of psychopathy to move nations.  Some psychopathic nations gained infamy for their aggression on other states, others for the treatment of people inside their borders.  In most places, people knew what was happening but could or would not try to stop their nations tyranny.

Mohandas K. Gandhi considered these 7 traits to be most perilous to human society:

  1. Wealth without Work
  2. Pleasure without Conscience
  3. Science without Humanity
  4. Knowledge without Character
  5. Religion without Sacrifice
  6. Commerce without Morality
  7. Politics without Principle

His commentary depicts some of the essential conditions for a psychopathic nation to flourish and lays foundations for this week’s webinar.

Week 3:

Week 3 (1st half): Homopsychopathus – A Variant Species?  Are psychopaths a variant species? Do people who are incapable of developing a moral conscious conscience represent a specific strain or somewhat different variety of human being?  It is possibly so. Their behavioral characteristics, brain functioning, information, sensory and emotional processing, feeding habits, and moral playbooks are different from the rest of us. They inhabit human society as naturally as sharks dwell in the sea. And they are just as dangerous. From the dawn of recorded history we have images of monsters, which seem to embody psychopathy. We will explore contemporary mythologies to add insight to our ongoing attempt to understand this problem through our collective imagination.

Week 3 (2nd half): Psycho Killers, qu’est-ce que c’est ? Vampires, Mobsters, Blood-thirsty Aliens and Other Celebrities.
In the second part of Week 3, in light of Part 1, we will discuss the prevalence of psychopathic characters in film and other media and explore our cultural fascination with them.

Week 4:

Week 4 (1st half): Dangerous Liaisons – Sexual Predators and their Prey 
People whose lives are turned inside out by a psychopathic lover, mate or intimate acquaintance are often shocked when they realize the full extent of the damage done to them. Someone whom they felt to be trustworthy and witnessed their most intimate selves, betrayed them. Victims of psychopaths are not simply naïve. The best clinically trained professionals are often taken in. We will discuss how to clearly recognize a psychopathic lover and what to do when you find yourself in relationship with one.

Week 4 (2nd half): Caution – Psychopaths at Work 
Just as psychopathic personalities are more highly concentrated in the criminal underworld, they also occur more frequently in certain professions. Psychopathy affects people in all races and cultures and across the spectrum of economic and social status. Soulless, predatory people blend into all aspects of society often with devastating impacts on the institutions and the people around them. Some arenas attract psychopaths to places and positions where prey is more abundant.  In certain professions, such as litigation, the stock market, corrections, combat sports, politics or warfare, psychopaths can be more highly rewarded. We will discuss strategies for dealing with psychopaths in the work place.

Week 5: Psychopathic Healers And Saviors 
Something that has surprised me in recent years is how many of my clients and graduate students report having been violated by others who held a position of intimate trust in their lives.  These perpetrators were often professionals as such as clergy, therapists, financial consultants or other personal advisors. As with a child molested by an adult caretaker, when a person held in high regard betrays someone, it can leave a particularly severe wound in their psyche. In Freud’s era, the prevalence of incest was kept in the closet.  In a similar manner, abuse by priests and others who society holds to higher moral standards have often been suppressed by powerful organizations allied against victims’ best interests. Psychopathic healers are charismatic individuals who charm us only to exploit us. We will discuss cults and other spiritual and religious institutions to learn how to better identify psychopathic saviors and what to do when they are unmasked.

Week 6: Radical Altruism – Care of the Soul of the World
This final webinar will examine a range of positive, pro-social, anti-psychopathy trends in our culture. It will focus on hope and underscore the opposite end of the psychopathic spectrum. This could be called something like: extreme altruism, radical philanthropy or conscious compassion.  Many people today are resisting despair and fear through creating powerful and inventive initiatives to counter the influence of others who are destroying the natural environment, unraveling the social fabric, undercutting the national economy and eroding our political trust.  This talk will examine the philosophy of leaders who are making contributions toward others feeling more empowered to improve the conditions of their individual, familial and community lives.

About the course presenter:

Dr. Aaron Kipnis is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of four acclaimed books, an international speaker, producer of an award winning documentary film and a produced playwright. Many of his past works address themes directly relevant to this webinar. Aaron has been an advisor to the Little Hover Commission on Youth Violence, Harvard Medical School, the California Youth Authority and many other organizations concerned with violence prevention. He lives with his family on Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Course consists of:

6 classes of 60 minutes. (you will receive both the video as audio)

Study Guide

Cost: $125

You can pay by phone: +1-801-656-8806

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Jung Platform
29 Layton Ave
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Malidoma Some – A Healing Relationship with the Ancestors

Topic: “The endless challenges faced daily in this culture could be traced back to a disturbing relationship with ancestors. This in turn, could be a reflection of the rather dysfunctional relationship forced upon people by the circumstances of modernity. How do we repair, heal, and honor the undying tie with our forbears? How can this reflect on our relationship with this world and with each other in family and in community? These are some of the questions that this weekend will attempt to address. We will engage our ancestors, the good and the bad, the appealing and the less than appealing in an attempt to clear whatever dirty laundry has been the unfinished homework that together we must do. We will learn of their wishes and share ours with them. Together with them we will ritualize our mutual concerns in an initiative that heals our world and theirs.” ~Malidoma Patrice Somé~

Presenter: Malidoma Patrice Some, PhD is from Brukina Faso, West Africa. He is a gifted shaman and holds three master’s degrees and two doctorates. He is a storyteller, author and spokesman of the West African wisdom tradition.
 
Format: Audio lecture
Length: approximately 90 min
Cost: $17.50

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James Hollis – The Psychospiritual Dilemma of Our Time

Topic: What are the sources of guidance for a thoughtful person in our country amid political fractionation, animosity, divisive ideologies, and numbing distractions – a time in which the individual has an enormous summons to social, psychological, and spiritual integrity? This presentation will challenge the audience to assume responsibility for a thoughtful, discerned, and experientially verified authority, one which bases itself on respect for others, but also embodies a willingness to show up, to be different, to stand
for something real. Please bring a notebook and pen for your own personal reflection.

Presenter: James Hollis, Ph.D., was born in Springfield, Illinois, and graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and Drew University in 1967. He taught Humanities 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland (1977-82). He is presently a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. He served as Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center in Houston, Texas for many years and now is Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington. He is a retired Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is Vice-President Emeritus of the Philemon Foundation. Additionally he is a Professor of Jungian Studies for Saybrook University of San Francisco/Houston.

He has written a total of fifteen books and over fifty articles. The books have been translated into Swedish, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, Korean, Finnish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Farsi, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, and Czech.

Format: Audio lecture
Length: approximately 90 min
Cost: $14.50

You can also send a check to Jung Platform,
29 Layton Ave.
Salt Lake City. UT. 84115

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Thomas Moore – A Religion of One’s Own

Topic: Most people today, it seems, hear the word religion and immediately think of institutions, ancient traditions, dogma, authority, moral demands and rituals that are more or less meaningful. In Thomas Moore’s new book, as examples of religious people he refers to people like the astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Henry David Thoreau, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Glenn Gould who found and expressed a sacred point of view in their personal experiences and their art. Steeped in Jung, he sees religion as the result of an individual movement toward depth and an awareness of the mysterious and the beyond-ego elements in ordinary living.

Still, the book is not about a self-centered quest or personal psychology. It suggests a re-visioning and deliteralizing of community, so that the newly imagined religious person finds fellowship with all beings on the planet, and beyond. The book spells out various ways, inspired and guided by the spiritual traditions, but far-ranging, we can make our lives thoroughly religious, avoiding the creeping secularism of the age. It is for everyone—church-goers, seekers, agnostics and even atheists. Instead of a vague spirituality, it recommends a freshly re-invented notion of religion suited to the 21st century.

Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor and a psychotherapist, and today he widely lectures on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy and the arts. He has a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University and has won several awards for his work.

Length: 90 min
Format: Audio
Costs $14.75

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David Cumes – An Indigenous Approach to Dreams

Topic: Indigenous people believe that dreams are scripted by our ancestors to instruct us, and are every bit as real as the waking state. In South Africa, sangomas (shamans) use dream interpretation to make diagnoses for a patient’s waking life based on this ancestral instruction. Because dreams are most often expressed in the subtle language of metaphor, and are also vulnerable to pollution by trickster spirits, the sangomas’ ability to interpret dreams makes it a mastered skill. Learning how the ancestors reach us and how to distinguish true dreams from those scripted by dark spirits, opens us up to a source of wonder and sometimes even life-saving information.

Presenter: David Cumes, MD, received his surgical training in Johannesburg and has taught at Stanford Medical Center. After extensive travel which included time with the Bushmen and shamans in Peru and South Africa, Dave was initiated as a sangoma in South Africa. He is a bridge between Western medicine and indigenous healing wisdom maintaining his surgical practice while also practicing as a sangoma out of his home. Dave has authored five books including The Spirit of Healing and Africa in My Bones.

Format: Audio lecture
Length: approximately 90 min
Cost: $14.75

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Lionel Corbett – Jung’s Approach to Spirituality and Religion

Topic: Jung’s approach to the psyche is intrinsically spiritual, which is why many of us are attracted to his work. At a time when increasing numbers of people are disenchanted with traditional religious institutions, Jungian psychology offers the possibility of developing a personal spirituality that is not dependent on any dogma or doctrines. For therapists and for people on an individuation journey, Jung’s psychology allows us to work spiritually and psychologically at the same time.

This lecture will describe Jung’s view of religion and the ways in which the manifestations of the transpersonal psyche such as numinous experience are related to the individual’s life situation and personality. I will also discuss Edward Edinger’s suggestion that thanks to Jung we are now entering a new stage in our religious development, which he called a new dispensation.

Presenter: Dr. Lionel Corbett trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His primary interests are: the religious function of the psyche, especially the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology; the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice; and the interface of Jungian psychology and contemporary psychoanalytic thought. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where he teaches depth psychology. He is the author of numerous professional papers and three books: Psyche and the Sacred, The Religious Function of the Psyche, and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice.

Format: Audio lecture
Length: approximately 90 min
Cost: $14.75

You can also send a check to Jung Platform,
29 Layton Ave.
Salt Lake City. UT. 84115

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Coleman Barks & David Darling: Rumi poetry – A Turning Night of Stars

An Evening of Rumi with Music and Commentary – A Turning Night of Stars. The ecstatic poetry of 13th century Persian mystic Rumi, the most widely read poet in America today, performed by Coleman Barks, acclaimed poet, translator and interpreter with Grammy award winning cellist, David Darling.

Experience thirteenth-century mystical poet Rumi as you never have before—through the resonant, whiskey-and-syrup voice of Coleman Barks, a preeminent poet, scholar, and celebrated interpreter of Rumi’s work. He is bard in the truest sense of the word. Coleman’s extraordinary recitation is gracefully accompanied by the music of David Darling, a Grammy-winning artist who connects the earthy incense of Rumi’s words with the celestial strings of the cello. In this exquisite performance, Heaven and Earth unite in one of the most stunningly beautiful expressions of music and poetry that you will ever experience.

Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. Coleman is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. His work with Rumi was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers’s Language of Life series on PBS, and he is a featured poet and translator in Bill Moyers’s poetry special, “Fooling with Words.” He is the father of two grown children and the grandfather of four. He lives in Athens, Georgia. http://www.colemanbarks.com

David Darling — “Maverick cellist” is the phrase most often assigned to Grammy-winning artist David Darling, but it hardly captures the richness, diversity, breadth and sense of humor of a man who literally redefines the way the cello is played and the way music is taught. His prolific collection of recordings and innovative performance style represent an eclectic variety of musical genres. His playful and unconventional teaching methods have helped open the world of music and improvisation to thousands of individuals. http://www.daviddarling.com

Format: Audio lecture
Length: approximately 90 min
Cost: $18.75

You can also send a check to Jung Platform,
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Stephen Aizenstat – Tending the Living Image

Topic: In this insightful and inspiring lecture, Stephen Aizenstat invites you into the world of Dream Tending. Dr. Aizenstat has developed Dream Tending methods that feature a process of discovery in which dreamers become “naturalists” of the psyche, observing the activity of the images in the unfolding dreamscape. In tending the dream, dreamers experience the particularity of the images as they become increasingly visible, distinct, and present.

Presenter: Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology and his own research for more than 35 years. His Dream Tending methodologies extend traditional dream work to the vision of an animated world and his work opens creativity and the generative process. Dr. Aizenstat’s book, Dream Tending, describes multiple new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World’s Dream, relationships, and the creative process. For more information on his other publications, visit www.dreamtending.org.

Format: Audio lecture
Length: approximately 90 min
Cost: $12.75

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Bob Walter – Mythology, Health, and Healing

Topic: In this talk we will explore the relationship between mythology and health: how the visceral beliefs—the myths—of both patient and physician interact either to positively impact or impede, not only their interpersonal relationship, but more importantly, the healing process itself.

We will investigate some of the biological bases for such mythic understandings, and scrutinize the ways in which technological development, globalization, and the ubiquity of mass media are continually redefining and reshaping our understanding of what it means to be “healthy.”

Finally, we will diagnose, so to say, the well-being of the body politic by examining how our contemporary mythos—whether consciously articulated or unacknowledged—fails to inform our lives with the art of living by its insistent denial of the fact of death and the inevitability of our dying.

Presenter Bob Walter: In 1979 Bob “retired” from the professional theater and became editorial director of Joseph Campbell’s Historical Atlas of World Mythology. When Campbell died (1987), Bob, his literary executor, completed portions of his Atlas and oversaw the posthumous publication of Volume I (two books) and Volume II (three). In 1991, Jean Erdman Campbell and Bob created the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF), and he was named its executive director. He continues as executive editor of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell to guide the publication of Campbell’s oeuvre in print, audio, and video. He was appointed JCF president in 1998. He has presented papers, seminars, and/or workshops on four continents, and has served since 2002 as a Trustee of the Tamalpais Union High School District (Marin County, California).

Format: Audio lecture
Length: approximately 90 min
Cost: $14.75

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Michael Meade – Why the World Doesn’t End

Topic: Behind the serious crises occurring in both culture and nature there is a crisis of meaning and a loss of the sense of the world as a place of ongoing creation.
When “the End” seems near, how people imagine the world becomes more important; how people imagine humanity becomes of the utmost importance. In “dark times” the issue becomes living an authentic life.

Presenter: Michael Meade is one of the greatest depth psychological teachers of our time, and his story telling ability is magical and profound. Mr. Meade has studied myth, anthropology, history of religion, and cross-cultural rituals for over 35 years. His interpretations of ancient myths and symbols are highly relevant to current culture. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom, while connecting them to the stories of people today. He is an author, scholar, mythologist and storyteller and founder of a non-profit organization Mosaic Multicultural Foundation.

Format: Audio lecture
Length: approximately 90 min
Cost: $18.75

You can also send a check to Jung Platform,
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