An Introduction to the Psychology of C.G. Jung and its Relevance to the Second Half of Life

Rev. Kendrick Norris, D.Min., Ph.D.

Course Description

C.G. Jung, along with Sigmund Freud, broke new ground in understanding what it means to be human. A seminal thinker in the field of psychology, Jung incarnated Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s lines: “He looked at his own Soul with a telescope. What seemed all irregular, he saw and showed to be beautiful constellations, and he added to the consciousness hidden worlds within worlds.”  Jung has much to offer to those who think deeply and carefully about their own lives and their relationships with others.

Through images and lectures this six-week course will provide an introduction to the life, ways and theories of C.G. Jung, with constant reference to his teachings on the second half of life. With each passing year the chances of living thirty or even forty years after retirement increase.  Later life, the “second half of life” as Jung calls it, undoubtedly gives us new challenges but also offers new opportunities to be more than we have been. An understanding of Jung equips us to imagine and achieve these new possibilities that can enhance our days with meaning and joy.

About Rev. Kendrick Norris, D. Min., Ph.D.

The Rev. Kendrick Norris, D.Min., Ph.D., was raised on Long Island in the 1950’s, grew up in New York City in the 1960’s, made his way to New Haven in the 1970’s and then settled in Guilford, CT. As the pastor of a progressive protestant church for thirty-six years, Kendrick fostered an inclusive faith community that blossomed in mutual respect and care and reached out to the world in healing ministries. One example: the church settled more than 150 refugees from every part of the globe. The invitation was clear: “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here.” As a Jungian Analyst, Kendrick has a private practice as well as being actively involved in leadership roles of the Jungian communities in NYC and Connecticut. He particularly enjoys offering classes and giving lectures to therapists and the larger public about the insights of C.G. Jung.  Now in his sixties, Kendrick is finding Jung a helpful mentor in this new time of metamorphosis. Kendrick has three children and two grandchildren, and is married to Mary Luders Norris, an alumna of Wellesley and a book acquisitions editor.