The New School for Analytical Psychology invites you to attend our Inaugural Public Event:
Presented by Ladson Hinton, M.D.
with respondents Robin McCoy Brooks, Sharon R. Green, and Kenneth Kimmel
Temporality is unique to the human creature. Time drives and torments us, and because of that we create cultures, religions, arts, and sciences. While hungering for an expansive future, we fear the dangers that new horizons may bring. The past often haunts us. Like Hamlet, we fear the emergence of old ghosts in our present and future. Consciousness of time is an ever-present force thrusting us beyond the boundaries of the known and familiar.
Shame is particularly connected with time because it is the emotion of boundaries, often emerging when we enter new territory. It is frequently a marker of terrible past events, both personal and collective. Leaving old structures often exposes us to raw, unexpected truths, captured by a gaze that evokes deep shame. To evade the shock of truth and the resultant shame, individuals and cultures often remain defensively frozen in time.
On the other hand, truth and shame can also violently stop us and make us listen, thereby creating openings for new, unexpected vistas of possibility. Such a primal openness can be an aid in navigating the unknown future and assimilating the traumatic past, and be a kind of compass in the ethical darkness. This perspective lies at the core of the psychoanalytic ethos.
I will reflect upon these ideas, using examples from myth and ritual, cinema, cultural history, and clinical practice.
Ladson Hinton trained in psychiatry at Stanford, and is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is a member of the Society of Jungian Analysts of Northern California, the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and is a founding member of the New School for Analytical Psychology in Seattle. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and practices, consults, and teaches in Seattle. His recent publications are in the area of temporality and the philosophical and historical grounds of psychoanalysis.