Sunday, March 17, 2013

Opening the Unseen Heart

Book Review of Kenneth A. Kimmel’s Eros and the Shattering Gaze: Transcending Narcissism. Fisher King Press, 2011

By Elizabeth Clark-Stern

What a feast for the mind, to encounter Kenneth Kimmel’s timely book. I was in the airport a couple of years ago, and saw the cover of Newsweek. A quite innocent-looking baby pig stared out at the camera. The title: What Makes Men Act Like Pigs. I bought the issue, and kicked myself when the contents provided no substantive analysis. I was hungry for an exploration beyond a re-cap of the public behaviors of famous men. I also wanted a narrative that offered a larger vision of the historic human malady of the narcissistic male.

Eros and the Shattering Gaze is that book.

Kimmel takes us on a sumptuous journey, using the vibrant medium of myth, movies, clinical vignettes, and contemporary portraits of such luminaries as Carl Jung and Bill Clinton, both of whom struggled with their own narcissism. Down, down we go into the shattered self that begins at the doorstep of the wounded mother-son relationship.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

IAAP Congress in Copenhagen

Welcome to the 2013 IAAP Congress in Copenhagen

by Joe Cambray, President, IAAP

In recognition of and honoring the pioneering psychological transformations, which C. G. Jung underwent beginning in the year 1913. These experiences were to make him into the figure we know as "Jung," and are documented in his Red Book. Further, we will look to how we as an evolving community have developed from these insights to become the Analytical Psychology of the 21st Century.

The IAAP’s triennial Congresses are unique, wonderful events, when our global community has the opportunity to come together for nearly a week of intense engagements, personally and professionally. Old friends are reunited and new friendships are forged in a convivial atmosphere. It is an affirmation of our vocational choices and a chance to celebrate our vision of the psyche.