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New York (NY). Paranoia, Society, and History

25 May 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00


In this lecture, Dr. Zoja will give a brief overview of the history of paranoia and also discuss the paranoia at work in history. While other forms of mental illness are far more immediate, only paranoia can literally make history, as it did through Hitler and Stalin. It can take hold of events directly because, unlike the rest of pathology, it is contagious. Far from being individual, its dynamics are self-replicating, devouring entire societies. The charismatic leader loses control of it. Once infected, the collective unconscious, of which the leader is part, acquires an autonomous life and rolls down the slope beyond control.

This talk will be based on Dr. Zoja’s latest book Paranoia: The Madness That Makes History.

Luigi Zoja, PhD, is a Jungian analyst who lectures internationally, has taught at Universities in Italy and China, and at the C.G. Jung Institut of Zurich. He is former president of IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology). His previous books have been published in multiple languages.

Tickets: General Public $25, Jung Foundation Members $20,


25 May 2017
18:30 - 20:00


The New York Jung Centre


Jung Centre
28 East 39th Street
New York City, United States
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