The Jung Center

In Praise of Wrath and Its Psychological Necessity

Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016

07:00 PM – 08:30 PM


Investigate wrath and our complicated reactions to it. Today rage erupts its way into our lives in events of road rage, domestic and racial violence, and mass killings. Traditionally, rage is attributed to gods – the Old Testament god, the Hindu god Kali, the Norse god Thor, and many of the Greek gods. Wrath is considered to be a sin in the Catholic tradition, but is also called upon in times of stress and can lead to creativity. Dante places the wrathful in a circle in Hell, but Shakespeare refers to anger as that which bestows privilege. Today we respond to domestic violence with anger management, but also call upon anger as a vehicle to break through self-conscious passivity to self-assertion. This lecture will explore the various aspects of our attitude toward this godly psychological force.

About the Class

Ronald Schenk, PhD, Jungian analyst, is currently in private practice in Dallas and Houston, and his interests are in clinical thought, cultural psychology, and post-modernism. A senior training analyst and recent president of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, he has written four books and several essays in Jungian publications.

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