Mirror Mirror: Exploring the Archetypal and Sensual Dimensions of Narcissism — Workshop

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Mirror Mirror: Exploring the Archetypal and Sensual Dimensions of Narcissism — Workshop

A presentation by Anna Conaty & Anne Di Lauro & Marie Sinclair & Pam Blamey

Saturday, March 10, 2012 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: The Theosophical Society, 355 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

Please bring a plate for shared lunch.

Inspired by Dr David Russell’s lecture and hypothesis that e vil anesthetizes the heart, this workshop will utilize the image of the mirror to facilitate exploration of the concept and experiences of narcissistic vulnerability. In Russell’s presentation, he amplifies examples of the diabolical in art and mythology, reflecting on the myth of Narcissus and Fraser’s view that a narcissistic act is a soulless act. What is a narcissistic act? What is our experience in the face of narcissism? What is our experience and understanding of the necessity of mirroring and the reflective function for wholesome ego development (in attachment theory, for instance)? What is the role of mirror neurons in our physiological responses to encounters with other sentient beings? How might we imagine the experience of Narcissus himself in the thrall of the lurking water spirit?

Using expressive arts therapy techniques to facilitate our exploration of these questions, we will delve into the neurological, the sensual and the archetypal dimensions of the human experiences of the sacred and the profane. We will identify skills that can prepare us for encounters with the numinous. While this is a follow-up to David Russell’s lecture, attendance at the lecture is not a prerequisite for participation in the workshop.