Dr. Weiser to Speak on Zombies, Jungian Psychology

The title of her presentation “Why Do You Feed Salt to a Zombie?” is enough to make anyone curious. Dr. Lee Weiser, professor in AUSB’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, will present her psychological research at the International Association of Jungian Studies Conference, June 27-29, at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona.

All of the presentations at the conference have rich connections to the conference theme of “Rebirth and Renewal,” deriving from Carl G. Jung’s psychological theories tied to rebirth and renewal, which evolved from his travels around the world studying different cultures and indigenous people groups.

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Weiser’s abstract:

Zombies are the latest craze in entertainment, but they actually have a complex literary history stretching back to the earliest written records of Sumer and Greece. Why is it that world lore about humans who have been brought back to life is overwhelmingly bloodthirsty and repugnant? … Consider the parallels with the aftermath of trauma, a hidden loss of life force so painful that it feels like a waking death; where the body goes on moving in the land of the living, but the mind slips into a Zombie-like state ordinarily reserved for dreams or madness.  Jung called death “the unproblamatical ending of individual existence,” (1965) but what if, due to circumstances beyond personal control, psyche “turns” while still alive? And what if, mornings upon rising, the challenge is to reanimate the nervous system in order to pretend to move among the living? How does a conscious rebirth follow an encounter with the deadly, unbearably unjust, and unfair outerworld?

For conference registration, click here.

Dr. Lee Weiser is a licensed clinical psychologist who holds a BS in Child Development, an MA in Human Behavior, and a PhD degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology.
Learn more about PsyD program at AUSB.

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