Robert Antonacci, PhD.
Game of Thrones: Blurring the Lines Between Good and Evil
Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of enormous numbers of people in a profound way. In this talk we will examine some of the archetypal underpinnings of the show’s characters that we love to hate and hate to love within a contemporary context. Some of the topics to be covered include the projections of good and evil onto “heroes” and “villains,” shadow, the disowned feminine and trauma as a means of understanding “other.” Jungian concepts such as the shadow, hero complex, and the character structures of the show’s most villainous characters will be explored.
Saturday Morning Session:
April 6, 2019
(9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
St. Agnes Room, The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center
The morning session will introduce the show and the complex nature of the narrative as the show’s main characters will be introduced. Basic Jungian concepts and definitions will be discussed, such as archetypes, complexes, shadow, ego, anima and animus. The forces of good and evil as they unfold from the players and situations in the show will also be explored.
The morning session will open with a discussion of the popularity of the show, the show’s thematic trajectory and the characters which drive the series will be introduced and explored. Jungian concepts of the shadow and evil as projections will be demonstrated through scenes from the show, as different characters and their interactions can be understood as psyche’s alchemical process unfolding.
Saturday Afternoon Session:
April 6, 2019
(1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
St. Agnus Room, The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center
The afternoon will be an extension of the morning session with a broadening and deepening of the show’s structure and form unfolding. Jungian concepts such as the “disowned feminine,” and “otherness” will be explored as important inner psychological processes which are projected onto the outer world from within the characters on the show. Additionally, trauma, and its effects will be well demonstrated through the events which take place on Game of Thrones. The day as a whole will be engaging and stimulating.
**It is helpful for attendees to be familiar with the show and its characters. There will be video clips played through the discussion which may contain graphic content.
- Participants will be able to define and discuss classic Jungian psychodynamic concepts such as shadow, projection,
archetype, and discuss how those concepts apply to their clinical application.
- Participants will be able to discuss the relationship of concepts such as ego/self/soul dynamic to psychodynamic pathology.
- Participants will be able identify ways myth and imagination (from a Jungian Perspective) can be applied to building rapport and empathy with clients.
- Participants will be able to identify concepts in Game of Thrones and discuss their implications of cultural diversity for psychological theory and clinical practice from a Jungian perspective.
Robert Antonacci, Ph.D. spent two years of pre-doctoral internship at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Reiss-Davis in Psycho-Educational Diagnostic Testing Service for children and adolescents. He has worked 15+ years in the entertainment industry as a designer and art director. His clinical interests include Jungian and depth psychology, dreams, shamanism, sports psychology, voice dialogue and working with those who experience marginalization.