This event will not be recorded Bookings close at 9:00am BST Wednesday 22 September The need to come to terms with human physical vulnerabilities and ..
impending mortality naturally intensifies as the margin between life and death narrows. While each person’s journey into age is highly personal and subjectively challenging, ageing is also thought of as a developmental stage with the potential for privileged and deepened states of consciousness, not just a period of catastrophic loss. The need to come to terms with human physical vulnerabilities and impending mortality naturally intensifies as the margin between life and death narrows. The purpose of this conference is to examine some of the unconscious processes in this ageing journey: the extent to which ageing and ultimately dying can be embraced rather than denied and could be transformative rather than harrowing. 16.05 Guillermo Julio Montero PhD ‘Maturescence’ as an Opportunity for Psychic Growth, Paradox, and Uncertainty Guillermo defines ‘maturescence’ as the true beginning of ageing. Thus, maturescence opens up two possible pathways via which we experience ageing: the confrontation with reality or the avoidance of reality. A confrontation with reality must include uncertainty, paradox, and the mystery of death, and this can be defined as active ageing; whilst an avoidance of reality leads to dissociative or depressive phenomena, this is passive ageing: one’s inner psychic resources will select which path is chosen.