- March 30, 2017
- 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
This is a FREE event sponsored by the Clinical Psychology Department and Gnosis Retreat Center. To RSVP, please email James Norwood.
Dr. Michael Thompson will explore how falling in love alters our reality as well as our selves, somewhat akin to the experience of madness. Among the questions he will explore: What are the preconditions for falling in love? What is the erotic nature of love, and why do we fall out of love? Is this experience real, or imagined? Can erotic love prevail, or does it need to transform into a more reality-based, selfless form of loving in order to endure?
Dr. Thompson's presentation will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Frank Echenhofer.
Michael Guy Thompson, Ph.D., is a Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member at PINC, and Adjunct Professor at CIIS. He is the author of numerous books, journal articles, and reviews on psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and schizophrenia. His most recent book is The Death of Desire: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness (2016), published by Routledge.
Frank Echenhofer, Ph.D. is a core faculty member in the Clincial Psychology Department at CIIS. He has conducted EEG meditation & qualitative research in India, in collaboration with the Dalai Lama and with meditators in the United States. He is currently involved in research studies examining the potential benefits of the shamanic brew ayahuasca to facilitate the healing of depression, and to enhance creativity and spiritual development.