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Eros and the Shattering Gaze: Transcending Narcissism

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Join Bonnie Bright and Jungian psychoanalyst Ken Kimmel as they discuss the powerful influence of narcissism and how it impacts men's psyche and influences relationships with the women who love them.

Ken's recent book, Eros and the Shattering Gaze: Transcending Narcissism (the Depth Psychology Alliance Online Book Club selection for April 2012) discusses a culturally and historically embedded narcissism underlying men's endlessly driven romantic projections and erotic fantasies, that has appropriated their understanding of what love truly is. Men enveloped in narcissism fear their interiority and all relationships with emotional depth that prove too overwhelming to bear--so much so that the lover must either be colonized or devalued. 

Ken shares stories which illuminate many areas of common ground that Jung's Analytical psychology shares with contemporary schools of depth psychology and psychoanalysis.

Ken Kimmel, MA, LMFT, LMHC, is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Seattle with over 30 years of clinical practice, an alum of Sonoma State College and a graduate of North Pacific Institute for Analytical Psychology. His current interests concern  the interface of Analytical Psychology with contemporary psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and mystical  traditions.