Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Eros Lecture Series

Ken Kimmel has developed a number of lectures and seminars based on chapters in Eros and the Shattering Gaze, focusing on such topics as:
  • "The Burn-Wound of Eros: Transcending Narcissism"   
  • "Predator Beneath the Lover" 
  • "The Grail Wound"
  • "Men's 'Split-Feminine' - Mother, Lover, Virgin, Whore"
  • "Saturn's Wounded Eros"
  • "The Capacity To Love: Transcending the 'Heat-Death' of Eros 
If your society or institute is interested in planning a program, contact Ken at kenkimmel@comcast.net for a formal proposal and resume.


This timely book reveals the pervasiveness of a culturally and historically embedded narcissism underlying contemporary men's erotic and romantic fantasies, that distorts their understanding of what it really means to love. The book is filled with tales of love and loss, from ancient myth, medieval legend, Western classical literature, and contemporary film. Its template derives from "The Tale of Psyche and Amor", and poignant clinical vignettes and dreams from Ken's thirty years of practice bring to life the major themes of narcissism and its transcendence.

Here are what distinguished Jungian authors are saying about Eros and the Shattering Gaze:
". . . Attempting the rescue of authentic eros from its fear-driven shadow of predation is a work that will engage most of us at some point in our relational lives. We should be grateful for the insights with which this book is studded, for they can enlighten the labors of learning to love."
—John Beebe, author of Integrity in Depth
"A skillful and articulate interweave of the best of traditional views on 'relationality' and more contemporary critique. The vivid clinical vignettes bring the arguments alive and the result is a stimulating  and fresh take on this ever-timely topic. . . ."
—Andrew Samuels, author of The Plural Psyche
". . . The contemplative and self-reflective reader who seeks to grasp the full measure of this rich manuscript can expect to gain substantially in both knowledge and inner maturation."
—Mario Jacoby, author of Individuation and Narcissism: 
The Psychology of Self in Jung and Kohut 

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