The Emergence of Symbolic Imagination

november, 2017

07nov8:15 pm10:00 pmEvent OverThe Emergence of Symbolic ImaginationSpeaker: Warren Colman

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The lion-man of Hohlenstein-Stadel is the oldest figurative sculpture in the world (40,000 years) and the first visible evidence of the power of human imagination to create new ideas and forms that go beyond the material world. It is therefore an ideal starting point for an exploration of how symbols arise from collective social activity in and through the world of material objects. Rather than being the expression of pre-existent ideas (archetypes), I argue that it is symbols themselves that bring into being the realities they come to represent. We cannot ‘think the spirit’ without a material world to think it with. How we do so is the subject of this talk.


Warren Colman is a training and supervising analyst for the Society of Analytical Psychology and Consultant Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He teaches, lectures and supervises internationally and has published many papers on diverse topics, including couple interaction, sexuality, the self, symbolic imagination, synchronicity, and the therapeutic process. He has recently published a book called Act and Image: The Emergence of Symbolic Imagination (Spring Journal Books, 2016).

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(Tuesday) 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm


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