THE DARK SIDE OF US POLITICS: Depth Psychologists Analyze The U.S. Presidential Election

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This weekend a group of analysts at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco gave a 5 hour in depth analysis of the underlying unconscious dynamics of our presidential race and U.S. politics overall.

The Asheville Jung Center, in conjunction with The C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and innerQuest Psychiatry held a 5 hour internet seminar last weekend entitled The "Citizen’s Dilemma in Divisive Times: Four Voices". The live presentation was broadcast to a global audience and explored the unconscious trends that grip not only Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but essentially all of U.S. Politics. The seminars offers 5 hours of Continuing Education Credit for therapists.

Tired of Pundits, PACs, and Politicians?

Surprised to see ABC’s Nightline featuring a psychoanalyst’s profile of the candidates after the second debate?

How does anyone get their bearings from the “Spirit of the Depths” as well as the “Spirit of the Times”?

When Candidate Obama said “so, it’s not surprising that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.. (speech April 10, 2008)” he was speaking of the psychology that shapes the body politic.

Four Jungian presenters offer a radically different approach to deciphering the mystery of the psychologically charged times in this Presidential election.

The Huffington Post’s recent interview by Pythia Peay with Dr. Murray Stein discussed some of these deeper forces shaping this presidential election. Excerpts from the interview illustrate how Jungian Psychology can reveal the code:

Dr. Murry Stein, president of the International School of Analytical Psychology, describes our two party political system as "whenever you have two of anything running against each other you're going to have a splitting process: It's a psychological phenomenon.”

Dr. Stein goes on to say “Differences are necessary in order to have growth and dynamic movement. Out of the dialectic between two polarities, a new possibility emerges. But if the "opposites," or in this case the two parties, become completely unrelated, then the collective psyche is in danger of splitting: There's no forward movement, there's just mutual aggression, stalemate and stagnation. The system doesn't evolve, it devolves, and you don't want to see that happen.”

The Citizen’s Dilemma in Divisive Times: Four Voices internet seminar is a deep exploration of the undercurrents and shaping forces at play in this highly charged historical moment.

The seminar is still available for viewing at

Thomas Singer, MD, a psychiatrist/Jungian analyst will explores emotions and complexes in the collective psyche.

Richard Stein, MD, a psychiatrist/Jungian analyst, offers guidance for the introvert in times of political extremism.

Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, PhD an analyst and poet reminds us that poetry sings our cultural myths, mourns what’s been lost, and praises the newborn day.

Richard Tarnas, PhD, author of The Passion of Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche explores our times from an archetypal astrological perspective.

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