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Understanding Evil


presented by Lionel Corbett, MD


Sunday, June 16, 2024, 11 am - 1 pm PDT (UTC - 7)

This lecture will discuss the sources of evil from the point of view of both individual and social factors. We will compare traditional religious views of evil with psychological approaches. In particular, we will look at the developmental factors that predispose someone to evil behavior from the point of view of Jungian theory and psychoanalytic theory. We will discuss Jung’s notion of the dark side of the Self, or archetypal evil, and its relationship to the personal shadow.

Lionel Corbett, MD, trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is a professor of depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of seven books: Psyche and the Sacred: The Religious Function of the Psyche; The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice; The Soul in Anguish: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Suffering; Understanding Evil: A Guide for Psychotherapists; The God-Image: From Antiquity to Jung; and, his latest book, Jung’s Philosophy: Controversies, Quantum Mechanics, and the Self. He is the co-editor of four volumes of collected papers: Psyche's Stories; Depth Psychology, Meditations in the Field; Psychology at the Threshold; and Jung and Aging.

Learning objectives:  

  • ​Differentiate Jung's approach to the problem of evil from theological approaches.

  • Explain how early childhood abuse and trauma predisposes one to evil behavior later in life.

  • Explain how psychoanalytic theory accounts for evil behavior.



Registration is free but REQUIRED in order to view the program live. You will not be admitted to the Zoom session unless you have registered.  Use this link to register for this program.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you registered for the June 16th program that was canceled, you must register again and you will receive a new Zoom link.

Continuing Education (CE)

This course meets the qualifications for 2 CE hours for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.

(If you registered for CEs for the June 16th program, that fee was refunded to you, so you must register again for CEs.)


  • Use the CE Registration Form to pay $15 and register to be awarded 2 CE hours for this program.  

  • Attend the entire program (Zoom records the attendance times of attendees).

  • A Certificate of Completion will then be emailed within ten days.

For more information about the awarding of continuing education units, visit our CE web page.

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