Job: The First Ego

A Lecture by Cynthia Swartz

TIME: Friday, May 18, 2018

Place: St. James Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

Lecture Fee: $15 ($8 Students)

What is going on?  The national and international news stirs up confusion and instability lying within.  I experience it, I hear my patients act it out and express it, and as a psychiatrist what can I possibly offer?  In this talk, I will explore questions and tasks put to me via my dreams and my patients’ dreams and experiences which lead me back to reading Aion and Answer To Job more deeply.  In particular I will focus on the importance of ego development that allows for recognition of the dark side of the God-image and for suffering the paradoxical Self.

Cynthia Swartz, MD, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist working in northern Vermont in a community hospital and in community health clinics.  Prior to going to medical school she attended the Analyst Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston, and has continued her independent study of Jungian psychology.  She holds a Master’s degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University School of Music and currently plays violin in orchestras and oversees EPIC Music, an El Sistema-inspired free after-school violin program in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont.