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John Beebe, M.D.

Cultural Attitudes

May 19, Friday Lecture 7:30 pm
members: $20; non-members $25; students $10

C. G. Jung�s theory of psychological type offers us tremendous insight into ourselves and others, yet people who are identical in type may still approach the world with very different attitudes and assumptions. How we make sense of the world seems to involve emotional investments and intellectual frameworks that tie to, but also go beyond, type.

Joseph Henderson, one of the founders of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and a co-author, with Jung, of Man and His Symbols, worked on this problem in his book, Cultural Attitudes in Psychological Perspective. Henderson observed that different people reference different cultural values as they engage with the world around them. He called these the social attitude, the religious attitude, the philosophical attitude, the aesthetic attitude, and, a relative latecomer that informed much of Jung�s work, the psychological attitude.

Using illustrative clips from recent and classic films, John Beebe will lead us in exploring these orientations toward what is offered already by our culture. Participants will take away a new way of observing and understanding themselves and others.

Cultural Attitudes

May 20, Saturday Workshop 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
members: $60; non-members $70; students $50
CEUs $25

(includes lecture if paid before lecture)

In this workshop, we�ll look at our cultural attitudes in depth and explore how they impact our lives and relationships. We�ll also look at the interplay between psychological type and cultural attitudes.

Dr. Beebe will lead us in exploring the implications of the cultural attitudes for therapy. We�ll also explore whether it is possible or desirable to try to develop the attitudes that we do not naturally prefer and ask whether we should be working in parenting or therapy to foster the development of the cultural attitudes.

Using case examples of his own as well as examples volunteered by participants, Dr. Beebe will demonstrate what it means to do psychotherapy employing each of the different cultural attitudes that Joseph Henderson identified. As in the Friday night lecture, we�ll use some additional film clips to learn to identify and respond to the cultural attitudes, appreciating their power and noting their limitations.

John BeebeJohn Beebe, a senior analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, is a psychiatrist who specializes in psychotherapy. He is the author of Integrity in Depth and Energies and Patterns in Psychological Type: The Reservoir of Consciousness. He is co-author, with Virginia Apperson, of The Presence of the Feminine in Film, and co-editor, with Ernst Falzeder, of The Question of Psychological Types. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has written about psychological types for numerous books and journals. Beebe�s eight-function, eight-archetype model of type is widely studied and applied in the field. In addition, he has spearheaded a Jungian typological approach to the analysis of film.