Dr. Michael Glock

Indeterminate StatesSpaces ‘betwixt and between’ Elizabeth Brodersen & Michael Glock (Eds)

Indeterminate StatesSpaces ‘betwixt and between’ Elizabeth Brodersen & Michael Glock (Eds)

Headline: Exploring Indeterminate States: Jungian Insights on Cross-Border Dynamics


The IAAP-IAJS conference in Frankfurt, August 2-5, 2018, delved into “Indeterminate States: trans-cultural, trans-racial; trans-gender,” questioning if these states align with Jungian ideas about migration within personal and cultural complexes. The global rise in migration mirrors the workings of our unconscious shadow complexes. Can we view these indeterminate states as creative manifestations, pointing towards new forms and allowing cross-border migration for fertilization? To explore this theme, we examine chapters from six authors, each published by Routledge.

1. Jerome Bernstein: Navigating Borderland/Borderline

Jerome Bernstein explores the intricate nuances of Borderland and Borderline personality structures, drawing on clinical examples. He challenges the Western ego’s detachment from nature, proposing that Borderline personalities may be perceived as experiencing a liminal, porous connection with nature—a remedy to the soulless technological world.

2. Monica Luci: The Reflective Triangle and the Consequences of Torture

Monica Luci discusses the reflective ability’s role in understanding bystanders, perpetrators, and victims of torture. The splintering of the Reflective Triangle leads to a society shaped by partitions, causing a loss of symbolic meaning and empathy. Luci explores the continuum between bystanders, perpetrators, and victims, highlighting the social consequences of a fractured reflective capacity.

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