• Feb 18, 2024 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Latest Activity: Jan 24


Register for this Zoom program (free) at https://uci.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tcO2vqz0iHNHR2NrFOpU7NzkPEyFmtEWJ. After registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom link, as well as a link for purchasing Michael Gellert’s signed book from the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles with a 25% discount.

Register for 2 CE hours $15 payable at https://www.junginoc.org/ce-registration-form . More information on our Continuing Education page https://www.junginoc.org/continuing-education

This program will be recorded and made available publicly on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/@junginoc and linked from our Past Programs webpage https://www.junginoc.org/past-programs.


What do Niccolo Machiavelli, Abraham Lincoln, Martha Stewart, Vladimir Putin, Mel Gibson, and Bob Dylan have in common? In their own ways, they each resemble the stormy God of the Hebrew Bible, Yahweh - known as the Father in the New Testament and Allah in the Qur’an. Whether or not we believe in his existence, we are all susceptible to the Yahweh complex, a distinct god complex modeled upon his attitudes, emotional style, and behaviors.

Like the deity itself, the Yahweh complex can be positive or dark, influencing our relationships, our social environment and culture, our public affairs and international relations, our treatment of the earth, and, of course, our religions. This program will explore both sides of this complex. Drawing upon the experiences of famous individuals as well as the larger factors that shape history, we can come to recognize and understand our own Yahweh complex in order to deal with it in a healthy, conscious, and self-empowered way.

This program will consist of readings by Michael Gellert from his new book, Legacy of Darkness and Light: Our Cultural Icons and Their God Complex, interspersed with questions and answers and an open discussion.  Program registrants will be sent a link for purchasing Michael Gellert’s signed book from the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles bookstore with a 10% discount.

Michael Gellert, MA, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst practicing in Los Angeles. He was formerly director of training at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and a humanities professor at Vanier College, Montreal. He managed an employee assistance program for the City of New York and has been a mental health consultant for the University of Southern California and Time magazine. He studied with Marshall McLuhan at the University of Toronto and has lived in Japan, where he trained with a Zen master. Lecturing widely on psychology, religion, and contemporary culture, he is the author of Modern Mysticism, The Way of the Small, The Divine Mind, America’s Identity Crisis (the latter two each winning a Nautilus Book Award), and Far From This Land.

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