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Dying to Get Ahead: Ambition and the Art of Individuation, Led by Jungian Analyst Tim Pilgrim


"Dying to Get Ahead: Ambition and the Art of Individuation"

Cost: $25 for members | $30 for non-members

CEUs: 2 CEUs are available for Friday's lecture (an additional $10)

Lecture Description:

Ambition has many faces. It can appear as intense desire, a desperate hungering after success or an overwrought need for fame and power. However, in its benign aspects, ambition reflects genuine desires that give individuals the energy and focus necessary to fulfill goals and realize themselves. 

Using Jung’s insights into man’s “motive factor” and imaginal materials including art, dreams and the symbols of alchemy, this lecture will examine the inner workings of ambition. As we will discover, ambition is produced by the interaction of consciousness with unconscious factors, which interrupt and often redirect our willful efforts to achieve our goals. This interaction can be confusing, frustrating, painful or dangerously pleasurable. But if properly held and understood, ambition provides opportunities for self-realization that help us move through life and connect with our world.


"Dying to Get Ahead: Excursions into Ambition, Failure, and Other Psychological Endeavors"

Date: 10/5/13

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $85 for members | $95 for non-members

CEUs: 4.5 CEUs are available for Saturday's workshop (an additional $25)

Event Location: The First Unitarian Church of Cleveland
(21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122)

Workshop Description:

Participants will be encouraged to bring images and stories that relate to their own personal encounters with ambition and failure. As well, we will look more closely at one of literature and film’s most memorable stories of ambition, Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus." We will discuss elements of the story and view clips from two of the more poignant Frankenstein films: James Whale’s original "Frankenstein" with Boris Karloff and the more recent rendition with Robert De Niro, "Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein," directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Optional readings for the workshop:
Jung Mysterium Conjunctionis, pgs. 110-128 (section on “Sulphur”)
Anna Fels, Necessary Dreams: Ambition in Women's Changing Lives, Anchor Books 2005 (paperback version)

About Pilgrim:
Tim Pilgrim, M.A., M.B.A., is a Jungian Analyst, member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts (OAJA). He has a private practice in Toronto, Ontario, and is a licensed marital and family therapist with clinical membership in the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. He is a lecturer and instructor at the University of Toronto and is on the faculty of the Analyst Training Program for OAJA.