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Archetypal Manifestations in the World of Warcraft: The Gamers’ World in Jungian Analysis

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$10

SHERYL CORCHNOY, M.A., LMFT

Well before the Covid-19 Pandemic there were half a billion gamers in the world. Since the global movement to ‘shelter in place’, the games industry has reported record numbers, as millions more have turned to online gaming for related contact and entertainment from home. The most highly populated Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) today? World of Warcraft (WoW) —but it isn’t just a game. It’s a virtual environment—a derivative story wherein world mythologies are key elements in a neurologically immersive experience. Playing one’s representing Avatar, emblematic of self, produces a physiological experience of proximity and interpersonal connection, evoking projection and complex activation.

Together, we’ll view this engagement with the virtual mythopoetic through the Jungian lens, holding in mind our value of the ancient and historic collective. We’ll observe fully present archetypal expression inherent to the intersection of psyche and technology; the deep connection and relatedness between Player-Avatars; and how the engagement within this virtual environment may inform us about the inner and outer worlds of ourselves and our patients. A case presentation will illustrate the transformational potential of the in-game Player experience as relevant material is woven into the analytic process within the consulting room. We’ll relate this exploration to our collective ortgeist, as we stand in the fierce winds of evolution—the birth of socially-bound communities in the virtual worlds of computer games—and perhaps even catch a recognizing glimpse of the archetypal gamer within.

Sheryl Corchnoy, M.A., LMFT, is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in New Mexico and California, and member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, the InterRegional Society of Jungian Analysts, and the International Association for Analytical Psychology. Since 2009 she has been researching, writing, and presenting on the analytic significance of generative intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics in virtual world participation, relationship, and community through the emblematic environment of the World of Warcraft.

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THIS PROGRAM WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY AT 10AM MOUNTAIN TIME.

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Date:
April 10
Time:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost:
$10
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Zoom Webinar

Organizer

Rich Ryan
Phone:
505-670-3470