Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche in Santorini, Greece

Ajax: The Dawn of Paranoid Thinking 

Saint Paul wrote, “I do not do the good that I will, but the evil that I do not will” (Romans 7:19). And Brecht’s Massnahme (The Measures Taken) begins, “We shot him. He wanted to do what is right but has done what is wrong.”
The central human problem remains the same across millennia: choosing justice but being unconscious and committing injustice. Western history pursues reason but is secretly drawn toward the most destructive madness: paranoia. The main difference after two thousand years is the addition of industrialized murder.
What we call the West has been built upon sharp oppositions of polarities. In spite of its depth, the European mind tends to underline the differences and to “solve” them through splitting and projection.
In his very first play, Sophocles – the most psychological of all tragic authors – depicts in a single work the greatness and the impossibility of this extreme heroic task. Ajax goes wrong not because he makes any one particular mistake but because, in succumbing to paranoia, he becomes obsessed with a simplified idea of the enemy and deaf to human complexity. From the moment when that fixed idea is revealed to him, he believes that he has grasped what is most important in life.
By contrast, he becomes himself – a real character, possessing a personality – the first time he makes a choice instead of performing a heroic duty. The moment is inevitably a fleeting one, for the choice he makes is to die.

La fragilità maschile. Le parole della montagna.

Il tramonto del patriarcato non è stato sufficiente a riequilibrare il rapporto tra l’uomo e la donna. La scomparsa della figura paterna nella nostra società è un collasso psicologico. È in questo scenario di fragilità maschile che si esprime maggiormente la violenza.

All’interno della rassegna Le parole della montagna, Luigi Zoja tratterà di queste tematiche.

Nel nome dei padri. 38° Festival della Versiliana

Claudio Risè, psicanalista, autore di “Vita selvatica. Manuale di sopravvivenza alla modernità” e Luigi Zoja, psicanalista, autore de “Il gesto di Ettore” discuteranno sull’attualità della figura paterna.

Conducono Maura Manca e Angelo Macchiavello

La prossimità e la distanza. Convegno Ocra a Montalcino

Continua il ciclo di incontri promossi dalla Parrocchia di Sant’Egidio di Montalcino e Scuola Permanente dell’Abitare, con il patrocinio del Comune di Montalcino, dal tema “La bellezza dei legami solidali”.

 

LA PROSSIMITÀ E LA DISTANZA
Continua il ciclo di incontri promossi dalla Parrocchia di Sant’Egidio
di Montalcino e Scuola Permanente dell’Abitare, con il patrocinio
del Comune di Montalcino, dal tema “La bellezza dei legami solidali”.

LA PROSSIMITÀ E LA DISTANZA | La bellezza dei legami solidali
Luigi Zoja | Don Benedetto Rossi
30 giugno 2017 ore 17.30 | OCRA Officina Creativa dell’Abitare – Montalcino (SI)
In questo secondo incontro dal titolo “La prossimità e la distanza”:

Il Prof. Luigi Zoja e Don Benedetto Rossi proporranno una riflessione su come si sia sviluppato e trasformato il comandamento di Gesù: “Ama il prossimo tuo come te stesso”. L’ampliarsi delle dimensioni del mondo in cui viviamo rende sempre più problematico, infatti, riconoscere chi è davvero il nostro prossimo: indifferenza, scomparsa dei valori tradizionali portano ad una perdita dell’oggetto della morale dell’amore. In questo panorama, la lontananza e la mediazione della tecnica – avvento dei social network – nei rapporti interpersonali sta facendo rinascere un bisogno di intimità, a volte in forme complicate, persino contorte e perverse.

Chi è | Luigi Zoja
Luigi Zoja iniziò i suoi studi in ambito sociologico a partire dalla fine degli anni sessanta. Di lì a poco frequentò l’Istituto C.G. Jung di Zurigo, presso cui conseguì il diploma di psicologo analista. Ha lavorato in passato a Zurigo e New York, ed attualmente lavora a Milano. Ha tenuto corsi presso diverse università italiane ed estere. Dal 1998 al 2001 ha presieduto la International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). Dal 2001 al 2007 è stato presidente del Comitato Etico internazionale dell’IAAP. Partecipa ai principali festival di cultura italiani e pubblica articoli su L’Unità, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Il Venerdì di Repubblica e Il Manifesto. Molti suoi lavori sono tradotti in 14 lingue.

Chi è | Don Benedetto Rossi
Don Benedetto Rossi nato nel 1955, ha frequentato gli studi filosofico-teologici presso il Pontificio Seminario Regionale Pio XII di Siena; ha conseguito la Licenza in Scienze Bibliche presso l’Istituto Biblico di Roma e il Dottorato presso Lo Studium Biblicum Franciscanum di Gerusalemme. E’ stato Preside degli Studi del Pontificio Seminario Pio XII e docente di Sacra Scrittura, oltre che nello stesso Seminario, anche negli istituti di scienze religiose di Siena, Arezzo e Firenze. Docente, professore invitato allo SBF di Gerusalemme, attualmente docente stabile presso la Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Centrale.

Luigi Zoja a Taormina. Taobuk Festival.

Domenica 25 giugno si terrà l’incontro dal titolo “Scomparsa e attualità della figura del padre” all’interno del festival internazionale Taobuk dedicato in questa edizione ai Padri e ai Figli.

Per tutte le informazioni sui luoghi e gli incontri visitare il sito: https://www.taobuk.it/

 

San Francisco (CA). Collective Paranoia in Historical Perspective

Dr. Luigi Zoja, former President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, will be visiting San Francisco and giving a guest lecture at the Institute on his current work on collective paranoia, the topic of his forthcoming book due out at the end of the year. This work is the culmination of ten years of preparation. Dr. Zoja will discuss collective shadow projections in history, their archetypal roots and psychological dimensions, and their manifestations in prejudices, wars, and genocides. He wrote, “Among my essays, this is the one I am most attached to because of its attempt to link archetypes and history with very urgent problems from nowadays.” Tom Singer, M.D., will introduce Dr. Zoja and serve as a discussant.

Pacifica-Santa Barbara (CA). Cultures of Paranoia-The Shadows of Western Fears in Politics

In this presentation based on his 2017 book, Paranoia – The Madness that makes History, Zoja will focus on paranoia as a mental condition that can literally make history, as it did through Hitler and Stalin. Paranoia, he argues, can take hold of events directly because, unlike the rest of pathology, it is contagious, and its dynamics are self-replicating and capable of devouring entire societies. Masquerading behind false logic, paranoia can be fatally attractive and often far more seductive than any political, religious, or ideological discourse. Zoja’s presentation will focus on Western past and current socio-political developments around the globe through reading of history, literature and depth psychology.

Dr. Zoja has been a teaching analyst and cultural scholar across training institutions in Europe as well as Asia and South America. He is former president of IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology). His work addresses historical, cultural, anthropological, and psychological aspects of individual and collective archetypal experiences, including addiction, limitless consumption, the absence of the father, hatred and paranoid projections in politics, and cultural violence. Rather than treating these conditions in isolation, Zoja places them in the light of persistent ancient patterns, as expressed in myth and classical literature.

Los Angeles (CA). Paranoia: Society and History

Presented by Luigi Zoja, Ph.D.

The historical and archetypal aspects of paranoia in our culture are deeply rooted in collective shadow projections in history, and are manifested in prejudices, wars, and genocides. In his new book Paranoia: The Madness that Makes History, Zoja confronts the contagious nature of paranoia. Far from being individual, its dynamics are self-replicating, devouring entire societies, which once infected, acquire an autonomous life of their own. From the solitude of Sophocles’ Ajax, to the sickness of Shakespeare’s Othello, and from Cain to George Bush Jr., we will examine some of archetypal and psychological implications of paranoia in contemporary culture.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe some of the archetypal aspects of paranoia as manifested in contemporary culture.
  • Give an example of how the archetypal nature of paranoia functions in historical or contemporary culture.

Luigi Zoja, Ph.D., a native of Italy, received his diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich, where he has also been a training analyst. He is the past president of CIPA (Centro Italiano di Psicologia Analitica) and the IAAP (International Association of Analystical Psychology), and has taught at the State University of Palermo and the University of Insubria in Italy, and at the University of Macao in China. He is the award-winning author of numerous papers and books that have been published in fifteen languages, including Growth and Guilt, The Father, The Global Nightmare: Jungian Perspectives on September 11, (ed.), Violence in History, Culture and the Psyche and the forthcoming book, Paranoia: The Madness that Makes History.

Houston (TX). Paranoia: The Madness That Makes History

Paranoia is a powerful force, shown throughout history to have a devastating impact on entire societies. While other forms of mental illness are far more immediate — only paranoia can literally make history, as it did through Hitler and Stalin. It takes hold of events directly because, unlike the rest of pathology, it is contagious. Far from being individual, its dynamics are self-replicating. Once infected, the collective uncounscious acquires an autonomous life that cannot be controlled. Currently, modern media and mass communication have amplified collective paranoia, giving it even more self-feeding power.
Join us in welcoming Italian Jungian analyst Luigi Zoja for an insightful study of the use and misuse of paranoia in the past and present. Discussion will combine history, depth psychology, contemporary politics, and tragic literature.

Chicago (IL). Paranoia: A Contagious Madness in Society – a reading with Luigi Zoja

Focusing on the contagious aspects of paranoia and its infectious, self-replicating dynamics, Zoja reconstructs the emblematic arguments that paranoia has promoted in Western history, and examines how the power of the modern media and mass communication has affected how it spreads. Paranoia examines how leaders lose control of their influence, how the collective unconscious acquires an autonomous life, and how seductive its effects can be – more so than any political, religious, or ideological discourse. The devastating impact of paranoia on societies is explored in detail and rare clarity.

Join us for a reading and discussion, followed by wine and light appetizers.

Luigi will sign books. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase (by cash or check) at this reading event. To purchase Paranoia: The Madness that Makes History in advance, please CLICK HERE.

$10 suggested donation