Guild of Pasoral Psychology (Edinburgh Group) pulic lecture offered by Dr Dale Mathers psychiatrist, Jungian Analyst & psychotherapist

DATE: Friday 4th November

This lecture explores Eastern and Western ideas about how meaning is made. By contrasting psychological ideas from the two and a half thousand year old Theravada Buddhist tradition with insights from contemporary Jungian analysts, the aim is to show the similarities in these two ways of understanding human suffering. Both see mental distress not just as evidence of mental illness, but as the result of failures to make meaning from experience in a coherent way. The aim is to introduce the concept of Meaning Disorder as one which can help simplify and clarify work in psychotherapy.


professional workshop

DATES: Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November

Meaning is a central issue for analytical psychology. Human suffering results from meaning disorders both at a personal and collective level, when individuals and societies fail to find meaning through religions, philosophies or political systems. This seminar explores how human beings make meaning, the ways in which meaning is imported and exported and the disorders which can result from problems with meaning making.

Meaning systems can be open or closed, can open or close. For example, fundamentalism, a great threat to the world at present, is a form of meaning disorder - premature closure. Its presence in the political world mirrors its presence in the inner world.

Part of working with meaning disorders includes being able to use political as well as cultural and mythological amplifications.

This workshop is designed for counsellors and psychotherapists with clinical practices. The aim is to assist development of symbol formation.


Dr Dale Mathers (B.Sc., M.B., B.S., MRCPsych) is a Member of the International Association of Analytical Psychologists, a psychiatrist, psychologist and humanistic psychotherapist. He works in Private Practice in London, and teaches at several analytical psychology schools in the UK and Europe. He directed the Student Counselling Service at the London School of Economics and was a Mental Health Foundation Fellow at St. George's Hospital, London, researching into addiction. He has been a member of the Buddhist Society, London for many years.

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