While transgenderism as a cultural phenomenon seems, at least in part, to be based on a collective taste for the sensational, its emergence represents a collective shift towards a new or more differentiated way of experiencing and expressing sex and gender. This presentation will elucidate the differences between sex, gender, gender role and sexual orientation. We will discuss Jungian concepts and themes and apply them to dreams and other clinical material in an effort to understand transgenderism from the point of view of Jungian depth psychology. That is, we will look at gender and transgenderism from a symbolic perspective and explore the ways in which physical transition might serve psyche’s urge towards wholeness. In applying a distinctly Jungian lens on this phenomenon, we ask what is the meaning of transgenderism and where is it leading both on the individual level and in culture as a whole?
Michael Marsman, LCSW, is a certified Jungian analyst in private practice in the Bay Area who recently relocated from New York City. He graduated from the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association analytic training program in New York, and is on its faculty, teaching courses on analytic ethics and Hindu mythology as well as supervising analysts-in-training. He is a board member and treasurer of the Philemon Foundation. His publications include “Bringing Dharma to Earth: The Sabarimalai Pilgrimage and Ayyappan Myth” (Spring Journal, 2013), “Transgenderism and Transformation: An Attempt at a Jungian Understanding” (Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2017) and “Kali: In Praise of the Goddess” (Psychological Perspectives, 2019).
For more information, see https://www.junginoc.org/2020-03-08-marsman