Presenter: Gerard LaSalle
Friday, February 23 2018 7:00-8:00PM – Carondelet Center, St. Paul, MN
Members: Free Non-Members; $10
Belief offers a sense of comfort and a way to organize and make sense of reality. But doubt, the unwanted companion of belief, has long disturbed the human ego. Carl Jung said, “Fanaticism is always a sign of repressed doubt.” We’ll dive into how doubt’s range encompasses fanaticism to self-doubt with its own forms of paralysis. We’ll consider how belief and the hidden struggle with doubt are also central to many conflicts that arise within the individual and our culture creating almost unbearable tension in many arenas of life. Yet doubt is also a driver for broadening and deepening consciousness. It may be one way that opens the path to individuation. This discussion dives into the psyche’s fundamental dynamic of how ego, belief and doubt interact and its implications in our own lives and the world around us. We’ll also take a brief look toward “knowing” and how knowing and ego interact in relation to the “whole.”
Gerard LaSalle is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked with children and adolescents throughout his career. His interest Jung came about in his early twenties and he has maintained a steady interest ever since. He has been involved with the Minnesota Jung Association for more than 10 years and now serves as president.