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.
- 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.
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.
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
Noted Italian analyst Luigi Zoja is making a rare appearance in Philadelphia to discuss his latest book, “Paranoia.”
Luigi Zoja presents an insightful analysis of the use and misuse of paranoia throughout history and in contemporary society. Zoja combines history with depth psychology, contemporary politics and tragic literature, resulting in a clear and balanced analysis presented with rare clarity. The devastating impact of paranoia on societies is explored in detail.
Focusing on the contagious aspects of paranoia and its infectious, self-replicating dynamics, Zoja takes such diverse examples as Ajax and George W. Bush, Cain and the American Holocaust, Hitler, Stalin and Othello to illustrate his argument. He 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 clearly 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.
This gripping study will be essential reading for depth and analytical psychologists, and academics and students of history, cultural studies, psychology, classical studies, literary studies, anthropology and sociology.
From the solitude of Sophocles’s Ajax to the sickness of Shakespeare’s Othello, and from Cain to George Bush, Jr., this lecture reconstructs the emblematic arguments that paranoia has promoted in Western history. Paranoia runs away with itself, but also with our history, unless we understand history, tragic literature, and depth psychology.
While other forms of mental illness are far more immediate, such as the current plague of eating disorders, only paranoia can literally make history, as it did through Hitler and Stalin. It can take hold of events directly because, unlike much social pathology, it is contagious. Far from being individual, its dynamics are self-replicating, devouring entire societies.
This fact stems from the rigid circularity of paranoia. Masquerading behind false logic, it is fatally attractive to simpler minds. It aims straight at its goal of destruction, and to the average person its impatience is far more seductive than any political, religious, or ideological discourse.
Modern mass communication has endowed collective paranoia with an amplifying and even more self-feeding power.
This lecture will follow the development of paranoia throughout history.
Students/Senior Members $8
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,
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Il programma completo è consultabile a questo indirizzo.
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La cronaca ci ricorda che nelle relazioni affettive tra uomo e donna è ben presente la violenza. Nel nostro paese il numero delle donne assassinate ha un andamento stabile negli ultimi anni. Donne uccise soprattutto da partner e familiari: uomini che si comportano in modo aggressivo verso le donne che dicono di amare. In passato la violenza all’interno della coppia era presente, ma veniva nascosta, o considerata un diritto da parte dell’uomo, dato che i modelli culturali legittimavano anche a livello giuridico il potere maschile. Le cause di questo triste fenomeno sono spesso ricondotte a fattori di tipo educativo e culturale, come il permanere di stereotipi di virilità maschile e la reazione di rifiuto all’accresciuta autonomia e avanzamento delle donne. Ma forse, a spiegazione della rilevante differenza di genere in tema di violenza, vi sono ragioni radicate nella nostra storia filogenetica e nel nostro inconscio psichico.
Discuteranno su questi temi
GIOVEDI 18 MAGGIO 2017
ore 19-22,30 (con pausa buffet alle 20,30)
nella serata intitolata
ALLE RADICI DELLA VIOLENZA MASCHILE
professore onorario di Psicologia dello sviluppo all’Università di Torino
autrice di Amori molesti. Natura e cultura nella violenza di coppia (Laterza, 2015)
già presidente della IAAP, Associazione Analisti Junghiani
autore di Centauri. Alle radici della violenza maschile (Bollati Boringhieri, 2016)
Introdurranno Maria Grazia Caldirola e Mauro Fornaro.