On The Psychology of Comedy in Difficult Times

Is the Joke on Us?

James Hollis, PH.D., Jungian Analyst and Author

January 22, 2021 – Friday

A funny thing happened on the way to the grave. After the fear, the weeping, the grieving, someone laughed. It’s the craziest of paradoxes: this animal that we are has consciousness through which we may bring so many gifts and curses into the world, and yet the ultimate gift/curse of consciousness is to be aware of one’s transient nature, our headlong flight toward annihilation. In this evening lecture, Dr. Hollis will explore seven ideas about how comedy works on us, socially and psychologically. These include the capacity to hold the tensions of our experience for a moment, and mediating the disjunctions of life. Comedy must serve some valuable function in our psycho-spiritual life. The need to puncture pretension, to level the inflated, to remind any of us of our limits, is to serve an acknowledgment that occasionally the human ego needs to be brought back into a more respectful relationship with the Tao of things.

“The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow,
and there is no humor in heaven.”

~ Mark Twain

Collage and Painting by Elise Chron

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1.5 CEs
Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify seven ways in which comedy affects us psychologically and socially; and
  • Describe the archetype of the fool and its role in comedy.

DATE & TIME

FRIDAY, JAN 22, 2021
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Sign-in
6:45 p.m.

PRICE

Workshop Only
$40

Workshop + 1.5 CEs
$44.50
(CEs $3 each)

LOCATION

ONLINE
Zoom

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Register

The registration deadline is Thursday, January  21, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
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ABOUT OUR

Presenter

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James Hollis, PH.D.

Jungian Analyst and Author

James Hollis, Ph.D., is a Zurich-trained and internationally acclaimed Jungian Analyst and author in private practice in Washington, D. C. Dr. Hollis recently retired as the Executive Director of the Washington (DC) Jung Society. He is also the former Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center of Houston. He has served as: professor of Jungian Studies at Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA; Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts; first Director of the Philadelphia Jung Institute; and President Emeritus of the Philemon Foundation. Among his many publications are numerous articles and 16 books (some of which have been translated into sixteen languages) including The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other; Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life; What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life; The Middle Passage; Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives; and his 2020 book, Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times.

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