July 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
1140 Lehigh St
Boulder, CO 80305
Carol O'Dowd, President CAP

CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Deborah Bowman, PhD, on Understanding Ego: Psychodynamic, Slang and Buddhist Perspectives

Speaker: Deborah Bowman, Ph.D.


Problems to healthy ego development in the psychodynamic view include a distorted sense of one’s capacities that are either inflated or deflated. Not understood in popular discourse or the slang usage of the term ‘ego’ is the deflated version of narcissism, a self-orientation characterized by victimization and dissatisfaction.

The Buddhist concept of ego acknowledges the problems of distortion at both ends of the spectrum yet sees these misperceptions inherent in the mistaken view of a permanent and separate self. While acknowledging the importance of confidence in one’s capacity for compassion and wisdom, the Buddhist view is particularly wary of any conceptualization of a definitive self.

For the purpose of better understanding ourselves and our clients we will consider ego in these three contexts across factors that include awareness, identity and one’s orientation to relationship and reality.

Location: Talk is at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305. Here’s a link with Directions: https://www.boulderpsych.com/directions.php. You can register at the Colorado Association for Psychotherapists website. Again please do not park in front of houses on the block.  Park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park.
Important: Please park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park. This is a residential neighborhood, and we need to keep the neighbors happy. 
Speaker Bio: Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified Gestalt therapist and has been in private practice for 32 years.  She retired after 28 years as a Naropa University professor where she founded Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Wilderness Therapy and the Naropa Community Counseling center.  She was a founding member of the Boulder Friends of Jung and is author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love.
Register at www.coloradopsychotherapists.org/calendar and select this event or call Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, at (720) 244-2299. 

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