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Mothers and Sons: Raising Relational Boys


Presented by
Sherri Mahdavi, PhD


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Sunday,  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM,  October 21st,  2018

As the first person who introduces her son to the feminine principle of relatedness, the mother plays an important role in her son's masculine development.  While the mother-son relationship can be a safe container in which a boy can learn to connect to his own emotional, relational side, it can also be fraught with enmeshment, regression, and a fear of separation and individuation.  In this talk we will focus on some of the ways in which the mother complex affects the development of a son's identity, and the archetypal and collective forces which support or hinder the development of a secure and embodied masculine identity.


Course objectives:

  • Describe the mother complex in a man.

  • Illustrate the mother's role in the masculine development of her son.

  • Describe the relationship between the mother complex and the Anima in a man.


Sherri Mahdavi, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in Irvine.  She also serves as an Associate Professor of Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Southern California, where she teaches courses in Depth Psychology.

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