Our Uncertain World: Challenges and Opportunities in a Dark Time

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We live in times of uncertainty and anxiety. In these times, how can we best navigate our unknowns? Our Uncertain World answers that question through a Jungian prism. Carl Jung’s theory has helped many people navigate difficult times. Jungian perspectives facilitate such challenging navigation by not simplifying complexity, but rather by finding the meaningful through-lines that guide the individual toward individuation even in the darkest of times.  Using Jung’s unique multi-dimensional approach, this book offers insights and provides answers to questions about life in a state of three-dimensional flux.

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We live in times of uncertainty and anxiety. In these times, how can we best navigate our unknowns? Our Uncertain World answers that question through a Jungian prism. Carl Jung’s theory has helped many people through difficult times. Jungian perspectives facilitate such challenging navigation by not simplifying complexity but rather by finding the meaningful through-lines that guide the individual toward individuation even in the darkest of times. Using Jung’s unique multi-dimensional approach, this book offers insights and provides answers to questions about life in a state of three-dimensional flux.

Our Uncertain World was born from the premise that we are in a period of ongoing change. The interlocking crises of COVID, national polarization, environmental disaster, and international war can undermine or even destroy the symbols, rituals, and mental structures that give meaning and coherence to our lives. These crises are explored in depth In the book’s three sections, Living with Personal Uncertainty over the Long Term, Social Turmoil: A Moment of Social change for Our Community and Our Nation, and Challenges Facing Our World: Grappling with the Environment, The Pandemic and War.

The authors of this book accompany the reader through the current challenges we face and examine new ways of adjusting to the existing condition of protracted uncertainty. The book encourages the reader to articulate their own challenges and develop their own language to write, speak, and live within the reality of uncertain times. Our Uncertain World provides tools for individuals and groups to formulate new perspectives and life strategies for the current reality.

 

Contributors

John Beebe

Jan Bauer

Joe Cambray

Sean Fitzpatrick

Donald Kalsched

Jeffrey T. Kiehl

Margaret Klenck

Leslie Sawin

Thomas Singer

Morgan Stebbins

Murray Stein

Ann Ulanov

 

Table of Contents

Foreword – John Beebe

Introduction: We Live in Challenging Times – Leslie Sawin

Uncertainty: Is It a Gift? – Ann Ulanov

Part 1: Living with Personal Uncertainty over the Long Term

Introduction

Spirit of the Depths, Spirit of the Times – Margaret Klenck

Uncertainty and Healing in the Archetypal End-times – Morgan Stebbins

The Faith of the Analyst During Climates of Uncertainty – Murray Stein

Part 2: Social Turmoil: A Moment of Social Change for Our Community and Our Nation

Introduction

Inner and Outer Democracy and the threat of Authoritarianism: Reflections on Psychological Factors at Play in our Polarized World – Donald Kalsched

Thorns in the Spirit: Trauma and the Uncertain Personal Work of Racial Justice – Sean Fitzpatrick

Psychological Responses to Uncertainty in the Individual and Group Psyche – Thomas Singer

Part 3: Challenges Facing Our World: Grappling with the Environment, the Pandemic, and War

Introduction

The Nature of Uncertainty/The Uncertainty of Nature – Jeffrey T. Kiehl

The Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse of Our Time – Jan Bauer

Reconsidering Individuation in the 21st Century: When Archetypal Patterns Shift – Joe Cambray

Moving Forward – Joe Cambray

Author Biographies

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