Archive for September, 2009

finding shadow – talk

Posted on September 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

A self-help approach but quite interesting. May use some of these ideas (and similar) in the final section of thesis to suggest practical applications for Jungian ethics.Finding your shadow

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Jung’s Red Book

Posted on September 20, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

See new link for long article in NY Times on the Red Book, Jung’s inner journal, soon to be published.Jung\'s Red Book

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Is trust really the problem?

Posted on September 15, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Lots of coverage of the year since Lehman’s collapse today. Lots of talk about the public’s loss of trust. In a recent paper I cited Arthur W Page society research of leading CEOs which identified the loss of trust as the No 1 issue facing business today.
But thinking about the semantics: trust is about us – our failure to keep faith in institutions. We have been pathologised, made into the problem. Actually the issue isn’t lack of trust: it’s excess greed. That changes the focus, doesn’t it?

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last conference before completion

Posted on September 12, 2009. Filed under: Conference reports | Tags: , , |

just back from Stirling 21, the academic conference for PR and comms people, brilliantly ¬†organised by Jaquie L’Etang and team, including glorious weather.

Primary observation is the quality of papers and thought on offer: all the presentations I went to were driven by ideas not data: on the relationship between PR and anthropology, PR in fiction, dialogue and relationship, health sector ethics… much more. Didn’t see a single graph!

I presented two papers, one asking if there can be a psychology of the professions, which looked at sociological approaches to the professions and found a wealth of psychological material, though this is not explicitly identified as a psychology of professions. Then applied Jungian insights to professional development in general and then PR profession in particular. All the pieces seemed to fit, good questions and discussion. This has been useful paper to me, settling some uncertainties about the scope and direction of thesis.

Second paper was on hermeneutics, drawing on the work I did earlier in the year. Treated it as a report from recent adventures into hermeneutics, very open about my ignorance before (and still after) the trawl thru unfamiliar literature. Again, it makes much more sense to me now and was gratified that in later conversation one delegate thought I’d grasped subject well and others found it useful.

This is the last conference before I complete as I now need to put my head down and starting turning these papers into chapters. Looks like the viva will be in April now not June so need a good draft by the new year. Yikes!

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