The Content of their Complexes: 
The Archetype of the Wounded Leader as Explored Through Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama

A lecture by Dr Jennifer Leigh Selig
(Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA)

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Thursday 15 November, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quaker Meeting House, 10 Hampson St,
Kelvin Grove (park on Prospect Terrace)

Members and concession $10; Non-members $15

This presentation will explore the transferential relationship between leaders and their countries using Jung's complex theory. We will explore the idea that a leader's personal complexes mirror the country's collective complex, which offers both the leader and the country the opportunity to work with and through their complexes. Using Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama as case studies, we will see how the United States of America worked through her guilt complex during the 1960's, and is working with her identity complex currently.

A discussion will follow in which the participants will be encouraged to apply the theory to leadership in Australia.


Jennifer  Leigh Selig, Ph.D. served as Department Chair and Research Coordinator at Pacifica Graduate Institute ( in the Depth Psychology Department before moving into her current role as Academic Director of Hybrid Programs, creating and running both the MA/PhD in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, and the MA in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life programs. She has authored several books, including The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination (co-edited with Dennis Patrick Slattery, and Stephen A. Aizenstat), Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning (co-edited with Dennis Patrick Slattery), and Thinking Outside the Church: 110 Ways to Connect With Your Spiritual Nature. Some of Jennifer’s essays can be found on her website