Friday, February 13, 2015

Recollection and Recollectivization - a lecture by Erel Shalit

Friday February 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm
A lecture by Erel Shalit at the Park Hill Congregational Church (U.C.C.) 
at 2600 Leyden Street in Denver
for more information, here

Recollection and Recollectivization
The Transient Personality in Search of Memory

On the dark, shadowy side of the postmodern condition, we stumble upon transiency and fragmentation, alienation and rootlessness.

In this lecture, I will look at ‘the never guilty mass man’, of the post-modern condition, related to Erich Neumann’s concept of recollectivization.

Particularly, we may observe the relationship between the individual and the fragmented group, which constellates as transient crowd formation. In the condition of recollectivization, ego and consciousness are lost in the group, however, in a way strikingly different from the early state of oneness with the group.

Recollection serves as an antidote to recollectivization, and may show us “how we should act when the libido gets blocked” (CW 5). A smell and a fragrance, a subtle taste “of a cake dipped in tea,” as Proust says, re-calling a childhood memory, a lost time, a forgotten era, and the recollection of ancient wisdom and the ancestors, may provide the individual, as well as the group, with an anchor across the boundaries of time, by means of linking back to past heritage, and serving as a bridge to future developments. Thus, recollection is a central aspect of the conscious, explored life.

Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Tel Aviv, past President of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology, and founding Director of the Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University. He is the author of several books, and chair of the forthcoming Jung Neumann Letters Conference, April 24-26, 2015.

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