Malignant Narcissism in an Oedipal Victor: An Analysis of Jim Jones and the Tragedy of Jonestown

Scott Lines, PhD, Discussant Ralph Kaywin, DMH, Facilitator Steve Lugar, PsyD 

Thursday Mar. 28, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The recent 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre—the largest mass murder in American history, outside of 9/11 and the genocide of Native Americans—reminded us of the broad outlines of this tragedy that originated in San Francisco at Peoples Temple in the 1970s. This program will dig deeper into the roots of this tragedy by analyzing the origins of pathological narcissism in the family history of its perpetrator, the Rev. Jim Jones. While this tragic story has been examined many times—in popular and scholarly press, film and theater—constantly missing in these efforts is a deeper understanding available from a psychoanalytic lens. In particular, the role of his disturbed Oedipal relations and the impact of psychogenic trauma and death objects in his family of origin will be explored. In addition to an analysis of the family psychopathology of Jim Jones, the presentation will include brief multi-media elements from an ongoing theatrical work-in-progress on Jones and Jonestown.

March 28th, 2019 7:30 PM
530 Bush Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
Phone: 415-288-4050
Event Fee(s)
General Admission $ 20.00
PINC Members $ 10.00
Candidates and Full-time Students $ 0.00
CE Credits (1.5) $ 15.00