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HAT Speaker Series - Patrick Farrell "Jung, Freud & Modern Psychology"

  • Government of Ontario Building Rm 8220 252 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6 Canada (map)

"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility." 
- Sigmund Freud

"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being." - Carl Jung

The ideas of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung continue to enthrall and provoke many years after their deaths. Both thinkers rank as pioneers of modern psychology and psychiatry. Are repressed sexual impulses the root of our psychological makeup? What are archetypes and what bearing do they have on our daily lives? Though largely untestable from the perspective of scientific method, their theories nevertheless inform contemporary individuals of the workings of the human mind. Join Patrick Farrell as he discusses the ideas and influence of Freud and Jung and examines their roles in shaping modern psychology and psychiatry.


Patrick Farrell grew up in Alberta and has degrees in Philosophy and the History of Science. Since moving to Toronto 10 years ago, he has worked in a range of writing and publishing ventures related to psychology and psychiatry. Patrick assisted Dr. Norman Doidge on his best-selling The Brain’s Way of Healing and more recently is an editor on the forthcoming Psychedelic Prophets, the correspondence of Aldous Huxley and British psychiatrist Humphry Osmond. Patrick teaches several courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies in the history of ideas, including Existentialists in Love and Freud & Jung. Patrick enjoys literature, travelling and music.