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The Death Drive Revisited - Living in the End Times: Civilization and its Fate. A Colloquium with Jon Mills, Psy.D., Ph.D., ABPP
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library
Pittsburgh, PA
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The Death Drive Revisited - Living in the End Times: Civilization and its Fate. A Colloquium with Jon Mills, Psy.D., Ph.D., ABPP
Sponsored by
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center  &
C. G. Jung Analytic Training Program of Pittsburgh


Friday, March 15, 2019
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.                                      
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library
401 Shady Ave. Suite B-101
Pittsburgh, PA  15206

$50 with CEs/CMEs
$25 General Admission

Psychoanalysis has long recognized the role of human aggression and destructiveness as factors in the genesis of anxiety and depression.  But is the increased incidence of anxiety disorders and depression only the result of factors in individuals and their immediate environment?  Or is there a growing sense of unprecedented threats to human civilizations as well, leading to greater degrees of helplessness, hopelessness and meaninglessness.  Is there an unconscious collective self-destructiveness being registered in these states of greater emotional dis-ease?

Concerns regarding the end of the world formerly sprang from religious orientations.  In psychoanalysis, end of the world fantasies were attributed to the experience of a sense of annihilation of the self, as in profound psychosis.  But is anxiety about the fate of humanity more plausible and realistic today than in former times?  Are we on the brink of extinction? Is civilization destined toward self-annihilation?

Let us examine just a few cold sober facts: We are facing a planetary ecological crisis due to global warming, deforestation, widespread collapse of ecosystems.  World over-population is nearing a record tipping-point, where food and water scarcity will bring about more famine and drought.  Human violence and aggression are on the rise worldwide.  Unbridled capitalistic exploitation of consumer masses leads to obscene disparities in wealth and poverty.  And we see an increase in hegemonic national politics with anti-immigrant campaigns, corrupt government policies, nuclear threats, terrorism, internet espionage, bioterror and other threats to public health.  Regardless of the degree of threat we assign to each of these and other calculated risks, we cannot ignore that an ominous dread is hovering over civilization and its fate.  Is this humanitys death drive?  Are we and the next few generations living in the end times?

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will list 5 vast planetary and existential risks to the fate of humanity, the significance of which may be currently underestimated.
2. Participants will name and define the psychological processes inherent in social collectivities that potentially contribute to a global crisis.
3. Participants will evaluate the validity of a collective unconscious destructive principle for understanding increased psychological distress in both individuals and in society at large.

About our Presenter:
Jon Mills, Psy.D., Ph.D., ABPP is a philosopher, psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist.  He is Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto, is a board certified psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist with the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a licensed psychologist with the College of Psychologists in Ontario.  Dr. Mills received his Psy.D. in Clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and was a Fulbright scholar in the departments of philosophy at the University of Toronto and York University.  He is author and/or editor of over 100 publications including 20 books.  In 2006, 2011 and 2013 he was recognized with a Gravida Award for his scholarship from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in New York City, was given a Significant Contribution to Canadian Psychology Award in 2008, a Goethe Award for best book in 2013, and the Otto Weininger Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in 2015 by the Canadian Psychological Association.  He runs a mental health corporation in Ontario.

Suggested Readings:
Freud, S. (1930). Civilization and its Discontents.  Standard Ed., Vol 23. London:     Hogarth Press.
Jung, C.G. (1947). On the Nature of the Psyche. Collected Works, Vol. 8, pp. 159-234.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. (2014). The Sixth Extinction.  New York: Henry Holt & Co.
Lovelock, James. (2006). The Revenge of Gaia: Earths Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity. New York: Basic Books.
Merkur, D. & Mills, J. (2017). Jungs Ethics.  London: Routledge.
Rees, Martin. (2003). Our Final Hour. New York: Basic Books.
Zizek, S. (2010). Living in the End Times. New York: Verso.

Continuing Medical Education Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum number of (2)  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Important Disclosure Information For All Learners:
None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

APA-American Psychological Association Statement
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists.

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  

This program is being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.

Participants must pay tuition fee, sign in, attend the entire seminar, and complete an evaluation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants not fulfilling these requirements will not receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.


Need more information?  Call Pittsburgh Psychoanaltyic Center @ 412-661-4224 or email:  administration@pghpsa.org


Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library (View)
401 Shady Ave. Suite B-101
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
United States


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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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