Study day/Lecture event Re-visioning Synchronicity: Complexity and the Psychoid Imagination

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Social Sciences
Room 2Q49 Frenchay
Two hours (17:15-19:15)
In-person (Monday 9 October 2023)
Course Director
Dr Miltos Hadjiosif

Public lecture by Professor Joseph Cambray

Page last updated 3 October 2023


Delegates who have booked onto the specialist workshop 'Cultural and environmental dimension of synchronicity - towards re-enchantment' (link provided in the How to Apply section below) are entitled to attend this lecture for free.

This public lecture will begin with a brief history of the origins and development of two key Jungian concepts: synchronicity and the psychoid archetype. Complexity and field theories will then be applied to provide a 21st century re-visioning of these holistic, intuitive concepts from a systemic approach. 

Speaker biography

Professor Joe Cambray is the past President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; he has served as the US Editor for the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and The Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche. He has been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies; and past President-CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute.Dr Cambray is a Jungian analyst in Santa Barbara, CA. His numerous publications include the book based on his Fay Lectures: Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe and a volume edited with Linda Carter, Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Psychology. Some of his recent papers include: "Cosmos and Culture in the Play of Synchronicity," Spring Journal, Jungian Odyssey Series, 4, 133-147, 2012; "Jung, science, and his legacy," in International Journal of Jungian Studies, 3:2, 110-124, 2011; and "Moments of complexity and enigmatic action: a Jungian view of the therapeutic field," in Journal of Analytical Psychology, 56 (2) 296-309, 2011. Courses taught in the Jungian and Archetypal Psychology Specialization: Synchronicity and the New Science; Introduction to Depth Psychology; Jungian Psychology and Contemporary Healing II: Engaging Complexity and Diversity



Examples of synchronistic phenomena in psychotherapy will be offered to demonstrate the clinical utility of this approach. 

Further examples drawn from the history of culture where artists or artisans represented profound knowledge of highly complex natural phenomena well ahead of any scientific understanding will be used as evidence of the reality of psychoid apprehension. 

The evidence will be combined to introduce the audience to the psychoid imagination.

There will be plenty of time for questions and audience interaction at the end so we can wrestle, together as a community of interested people (students, academics, practitioners, artists, and the general public), with these intuitive yet complex ideas.


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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£10 per attendee.


Monday 9 October 2023; 17:15-19:15.

How to apply

How to apply

Please click on the Apply Now button to apply online.

Please note that delegates who have booked onto the specialist workshop 'Cultural and environmental dimension of synchronicity - towards re-enchantment' are entitled to attend this lecture for free.

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