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A Lecture and Workshop with Aaron Kipnis

May 5, 2006
Seeing Red
The Deep Psychology of Human Violence

May 6, 2006
The Midas Complex
An Interactive Workshop on Money, Meaning, and Soul 

Seeing Red
The Deep Psychology of Human Violence

Violence is here, in the world of the sane
And violence is a symptom
I hear it in the headlong weeping of men who have failed
I see it in the terrible dreams of boys
Whose adolescence repeats all history
             Jacob Bronowski

From era to era the withered finger of demonization casts its horrific shadow upon diverse segments of human culture. We will attempt to better understand the matrix out of which many aspects of our own culture's violence emerge as we distinguish archetypal themes in the violence we perpetrate toward ourselves and others.

Pathological narcissism can be understood as a violence-generating complex, particularly, in the nihilistic psychology of hate advocates and the silent abdication of the disengaged. Through the lens of a soul-centered psychology we will examine a range of “psychopathologies,” for which self-inflicted abuse or violence toward others is a characteristic signature with a mind toward treatment and restoration of the lives it traumatizes.

The Midas Complex
An Interactive Workshop on Money, Meaning, and Soul

The deadliest form of violence is poverty

Money doesn’t talk, it screams
             Bob Dylan

Money is a subject often more taboo than sex, religion or political affiliation. And psychology, for the most part, has been no braver than other forums in hosting useful dialogs on the topic. 

The myriad money complexes clients and therapists both bring to the consulting room reveal many parallels between money and psychology through metaphors such as: inflation, depression, mania, investment, value, allure, obligation, worth, deficit, loss, gain, promise, transference, confidence, failure and trust. Money is the number one reason married couples separate and many families are torn apart by their economic issues, yet money is seldom mentioned in any of our trainings and conferences. But we will talk about it openly here, re-imagine our relationships with it, work with it, and play with it all day long.

As we engage with the phenomena of money we will consider its myriad roles in identity self regard, interpersonal relationships and the injuries of class at all points of the economic spectrum. We will try to understand some of the imaginal underpinnings of our contemporary consumer economy as we explore our personal psychologies of money and consider new possibilities. In an attempt to move beyond quantitative concepts we will also discuss the symbolic meanings, archetypal influences and religious significance of money.

Aaron, Kipnis, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and core faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Outside the classroom, Aaron speaks widely and is an advisor to various educational and public interest organizations. He is author of Men, Myth and Masculinity (forthcoming 2006); Angry Young Men, What Women and Men Really Want; Gender War, Gender Peace, and Knights Without Armor. His most recent work is the documentary film—Awakening—about women’s economic empowerment in rural India and post-Taliban Afghanistan (Rikshaw Films, 2006). For more information on Dr. Kipnis’ work, visit

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