Death Mother/ Life Mother: An anthropological contribution to understanding mother-infant dynamics
- Saturday 7th October, 2017, 11am-1pm, Bowlby Center (London) Clinical Forum
- Those interested in attending need can follow this link (its £30). Apparently the room only takes 30 people so if you are interested, then worth registering: https://thebowlbycentre.org.uk/cpd/
This talk will explore the forces that underlie ‘Death Mother’. Western culture generally believes that women evolved to love all their children instinctively and unconditionally. Such a view is also implicit in Bowlby’s writing. However, anthropological research suggests that throughout our species evolutionary history, being ‘a mother’ has meant nurturing some infants, whilst abandoning others to die. Becoming conscious of these dynamics gives us a better understanding of modern mothers who are struggling to nurture their children. It also contributes to our understanding of the early relational trauma carried by those who grow up under the shadow of struggling mothers. As importantly, it helps us heal the shame intrinsic to these dynamics. This talk will conclude with a meditation using stone-age tools, providing an opportunity to connect to our evolutionary heritage.
The archetypal Death Mother as nature’s shadow: Infanticide and the deep history of humankind
- Thursday 19th October 2017, C G Jung Club, London, England. 7.30-9.15pm.
- Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Near Notting Hill Gate, London W8 4RT.
- Doors open 7pm (drinks). No advanced booking; £15 on the door
- C G Jung Club website: http://www.jungclub-london.org/jung-club-london-thursday-lectures-1.html
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This talk will explore the archetypal Death Mother by building on both the writings of Jungian analyst, Marion Woodman, and evolutionary research into our species heritage.
Western culture generally believes that women evolved to love all their children instinctively and unconditionally. As a result the Death Mother is relegate to the shadows and surrounded with shame. Retrieving the Death Mother from the shadows, and understanding her place in the web of life, heals shame and furthers understanding of mothers who are struggling to nurture their children. It also deepens understanding of the trauma carried by those who grow up in the Death Mother’s shadow.
This talk concludes with a meditation using stone-age tools, providing an opportunity to connect to our deep ancestral heritage.
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