William Walker, Ph.D.

Jung’s Theory of Complexes

January 20, Saturday Lecture 7:30 pm
members: free; non-members $20; students $10

This lecture will be an overview of “the psychological complex” in the writings of Carl Jung. It will attempt to help people recognize what they already know is at work in their everyday lives. People are both victims and agents of unconscious energy disturbances in their daily lives. These outbursts or “inbursts” of psychological energy have a disturbing effect on conscious thought and behavior. There can be a telos (purpose/goal) to these events that hint at a personal movement towards wholeness and/or individuation.

Complexes are associated with “constellation.” This is a term Jung used frequently to denote “the creation of a psychologically charged moment, a moment when consciousness either already is, or is about to become, disturbed by a complex” (Murray Stein, Jung’s Map Of the Soul). Jung says, “this term simply expresses the fact that the outward situation releases a psychic process in which certain contents gather together and prepare for action. When we say that a person is ‘constellated’ we mean that he has taken up a position from which he can be expected to react in a quite definite way.” This lecture is designed to explore the various dimensions and structures of the complex in its work in everyday life.

Dr. William WalkerDr. William Walker is a retired Jungian Analyst. He is a member emeritus of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, a member of The International Association of Analytical Psychologists since 1976, and a retired Diplomate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. His first 3 years of analytical training were in Zurich, followed by training in the States, after assisting with the founding of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts in 1973. After his ministerial training at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX, Dr. Walker completed his doctoral work in Clinical Pastoral Psychology from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston. He was in practice as a Jungian analyst in Memphis, TN, for over 40 years. For 30 of those years, he was also the director of the Memphis Jung Seminar of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Dr. Walker recently became a volunteer Chaplain for the College Park Police Department.

 

Upcoming Events

January 20
William Walker, DMin
Jung’s Theory of Complexes
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00
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February 16-17
David Solem
Weaving and Unravelling our Shrouds: Encountering Exile as a Complex in Psyche
Friday 7:30 p.m.-10:00
Self-Exile and the Soul: Exploring our Personal Exile Story
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00
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March 17
Honora Foah
Mr. and Mrs. Hades
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00

April 20-21
Becca Tarnas, PhD
The Synchronicity of the Two Red Books: Jung Tolkien and the Imaginal Realm
Friday 7:30 p.m.-10:00
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00

May 19
TBD
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00

June 16
Jutta von Buchholtz, PhD
Searching for the Father in Myths and Fairy Tales
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00

July 21
Jerry Wright, DMin
Reimaging God and Religion from a Jungian Perspective
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00

August 18
Catherine Meeks, PhD
Desolation, Invention and Bearing Witness to Hope
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00

September 15
TBD
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00

October 19-20
Tina Stromsted, PhD
Coming Home to the Body: Healing the Body/Psyche/Soul Split through Conscious Embodiment
Friday 7:30 p.m.-10:00
Dreams, the Body, and the Dance of Three
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00

November 10
Pete Williams, PhD
TBD
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00

December 7-8
James Hollis, PhD
TBD
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00


DIRECTIONS TO MEETINGS

Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
church's web page: http://sandyspringscc.org/

Coming from GA 400, take the Abernathy Rd, Exit 5, towards Sandy Springs. Go about 1.5 miles on Abernathy Rd and the church will be on the right, just past Brandon Mill Road. Proceed to the next light (River Valley) and make a right into the parking lot.