There is no myth that captures the ecstasy and agony of Western humanity as the myth of Prometheus who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity. This myth has psychological implication. For example, what does the rise of individualism have to do with the emergence of confession, diaries, lyric poetry and mirrors? What does the consumption of coffee have to do with the rise of merchant capitalism? What does the emergence of the use of tobacco and hard liquor have to do with the industrial revolution? Touch, taste, and smell have fallen in status since the 18th century. Why is this? Why did the court aristocracy lead the drive to become “civilized” while the working class became “disciplined”? Narcissism and antisocial disorders were unknown in the Middle Ages. What happened to change this? What does the rise of interest in the unconscious and hypnotism have to do with the French revolution? Like Goethe’s Faust, whether we like it or not, we’ve made the devils bargain and we must face the consequences for better and for worse. Note: Forging Promethean Psychology will be available for purchase (voluntarily) at the first class. If you would like a copy of the book, it is $19.25. General Public/Member: $88/$82 For more info or to register, call 360.586.6181 or stop by the Olympia or Lacey Senior Center. Registration starts March 4th.
Bruce Lerro has taught for over 25 years as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to the three books he’s written, found on Amazon. He is also a pen and ink artist and a psychological counselor.