Jung, Battlestar Galactica, Trauma and the Path of Individuation

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Jung, Battlestar Galactica, Trauma and the Path of Individuation

A presentation by Brendan McMahon

Thursday, March 3, 2011 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

The re-imagined 2003-2009 television series of Battlestar Galactica tells the story of a human civilisation from the other side of our galaxy, that is almost completely destroyed in a nuclear holocaust initiated by the Cylons, robots they created to make life easier. The survivors of this holocaust are forced to flee across the galaxy to find a new home and new life, with the Cylons forever in pursuit to eliminate all that remains of their human creators. In this journey to find a new home the last remaining humans are forced to confront the trauma of losing their loved ones along with their homes and old ways of life. In a story that is rich with Jungian Archetypes and symbolism, Battlestar Galactica portrays the path of individuation undertaken not only by the human survivors but by their creation, the Cylons, as well. Battlestar Galactica explores themes of moral choices, spirituality and religion, dreams, coping with terminal illness, adjustment to life after trauma, family conflict, the nature of relationships, the human psyche, and finding meaning in life. Tonight we will look at this science fiction series through the lens of Jungian psychology and consider what it has to teach us about individuation.

Brendan McMahon B. Psych, (Hons), Assoc MAPS is a psychologist who works in both private practice and for a men’s counselling agency. He works primarily with the treatment of depression, grief and loss, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions/adjustment difficulties. He has a longstanding interest in Analytical Psychology and Psychoanalysis and was previously treasurer of the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland.