In our current political landscape, we are witnessing a deep longing for an omnipotent father. This longing is also a prominent feature of many religions, including Christianity. In this workshop, Doug Hansen, MSW, invites us to think about the developmental role that such a father-figure plays for human beings, and how the loss of such a figure can evoke a grieving process that facilitates personal and spiritual growth. Such a loss also contributes to narcissistic injury and a dystopic cynicism of “doer/done to” relationships. At the heart of this discussion is the capacity to love and be loved in relationships impacted by narcissistic tendencies.
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