The Archetypal Death Parent and Toxic Shame

Image: Beth Conklin (Igram) – Hold you

Jungian philosophy views archetypes as images that derive from the unconscious, and symbolise a universal aspect of human experience. 

The archetypal Death Parent symbolises harm suffered at the hands of a person or institution who we expect to nurture and protect us.

The Death Parent’s energy is multifaceted. This webinar explores the Death Parent as toxic shame.

Toxic shame is an embodied conviction that we are intrinsically and fundamentally flawed.

When the Death Parent manifests as toxic shame, it is as if we are caught in Medusa’s gaze: we become paralyzed, frozen, and turned to stone.

When toxic shame is internalised, we turn

Medusa’s gaze in on ourselves and out on to others. Vicious, self-perpetuating spirals ensue.

This webinar illuminates these spirals.

The goals of this webinar are to foster greater consciousness of:

  • The archetypal Death Parent
  • How the archetypal Death Parent can be manifest as toxic shame.
  • Why internalised toxic shame often goes unrecognised.
  • How unrecognised toxic shame distorts how we see ourselves and others. 
  • How unrecognised toxic shame drives us to behave in ways that traumatise both ourselves and others.
  • How parents with unrecognised toxic shame, unwittingly create toxic shame in their children.
  • How unrecognised toxic shame unwittingly creates more toxic shame.

Future webinars on shame are planned. They will explore:

  • Ways that toxic shame is initially created.
  • What is involved in healing toxic shame.

Is this webinar right for you?

  • This webinar has been created for both the general public and mental health professionals.  
  • I have been researching this topic for over 20 years. I work hard to present ideas in a manner that is not only accessible and engaging, but also nuanced and layered.
  • I am not a therapist, and this webinar is intended to be educational, rather than ‘therapeutic’. 
  • I have given this presentation at (1) the IAJS and (2) the C.G.Jung lecture series in Bristol. If you attended either of those, this may not be for you.

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