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ONLINE: Daniela Sieff: The Archetypal Death Mother as Nursemaid of Shame.

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Jungian analyst, Marion Woodman, defined the archetypal Death Mother as the energy that wishes that we, or some part of us, were dead.

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This energy can take many different forms. In my previous presentation to this group I discussed infanticide as an expression of Death Mother. In this presentation, I will explore Death Mother in the guise of toxic shame.

Toxic shame says there is something about us which makes us fundamentally flawed, unacceptable, and inferior. It is a deeply painful state of being. It is also a state of being that is shot through with anxiety and fear.

Being toxically shamed is like being caught in the Medusa’s stare: we are paralyzed, petrified and turned to stone.

If we are repeatedly shamed, then Death Mother is internalised and woven into the very fabric of our own psyches and bodies. Before long, our perception is disfigured. We start shaming ourselves; we begin projecting our shame onto others. We become shame’s new nursemaids.

This presentation will explore both how toxic shame takes hold and how we can break the cycle of shaming.

Daniela F. Sieff, D. Phil is an author, scholar and speaker, who explores the dynamics that underlie emotional trauma, heading and wellbeing, and illuminates how it feels to live these dynamics. She has a doctorate in biological anthropology from the University of Oxford, and completed the leadership training with Marion Woodman Foundation. Her approach brings together lived experience with knowledge that comes from depth psychology, anthropology, and evolution. She is author of Understanding and Healing Emotional Trauma: Conversations with Pioneering Clinicians and Researchers (Routledge 2015), and is currently working on new books. For more information, visit www.danielasieff.com

Online admission opens at 10:15am; the lecture will begin at 10:30am

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Since the early eighties, the C.G. Jung Public Lectures have played an important part in establishing and maintaining Bristol's reputation as an acknowledged centre of interest in Depth Psychology.

The monthly lectures are on current issues and topics in the field of analytical psychology and are given by a variety of professional and established speakers. They are open to everybody with an interest in depth psychology, the therapies, philosophy, religion, mythology, and the arts.

The aim is to provide a friendly informal space for Jung's ideas and philosophy to reach a wider public. There is time for refreshment, socialising, and networking after the lecture followed by participative discussion with the speaker in the round.

Lectures are held at the Quaker Meeting House in Redland with an option to join remotely online.

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