White swans, a photo taken when I was at Nottingham in England at a week-long workshop with Luce Irigaray, contemporary feminist philosopher

Dr Kaye Gersch PhD 

psychoanalytic psychotherapist | clinical supervisor | couples therapist  

"What does living in a pandemic require of us?

Through the tumultuous events of summer I have had the sense that our study in the Jung Group needs to adapt to the immediate needs of our times, hence I was unable to set a study-programme ahead of time.

You will see that my  February Jung letter leaves us open to respond to the real and present dangers that surround us. In this March meeting, the first for 2020, I invite discussion based around Albert Camus "The Plague", which is available on audiobook if your library is already closed. We will also be returning to the Rainmaker story.

Please become acquainted with this literature as you are able. You will see immediate parallels with our current pandemic, but what do you soo if you look deeper? Can you relate to "The Plague" and the "Rainmaker"  together?

If you prefer to read a scholarly review of "The Plague", here it is. Written by Tony Judt this review appeared in the New York Review of Books in November 2001.

Our discussion will hover around how we might respond to the covid-19 pandemic. Psychological contagion is as dangerous as physical contagion -  something to think about.

Human responses to life-threatening epidemics are as old as the illnesses themselves, and each time they have emerged, they have offered vital insight into the fundamental questions life asks of us. What does life mean? How do we relate to our mortality? What is our true purpose? What roles ought duty, love, self-preservation, and the pursuit of happiness play in our lives? How should we conduct ourselves?

Furthermore, how do we avoid being "contaminated' on a physical, psychological and spiritual level. Camus was concerned with "moral contagion". how does this apply to us now?