This Jungian Life

This Jungian Life

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3 Jungian Analysts talk about life and how we grow.


113 - Lockdown: Decoding the Covid Complex
May 28 • 60 min
Oppressed, repressed and regressed, the forced restrictions of the Covid Complex have us in its grip. We may see friends and family more often than ever, but only on a screen. Work, school, home, weekdays, weekends—time and tasks slide around like…
112 - Midlife Crisis: Renewal or Stagnation
May 21 • 63 min
Jung was particularly interested in the second half of life, perhaps because after his own midlife crisis he found himself so surprisingly generative. We tend to spend the first half of life oriented to familial values and cultural norms for…
111 - Jung, UFOs & Aliens: The Truth is Out There
May 14 • 67 min
The Pentagon recently released a film of a UFO made by Navy pilots. Although such credible documentation is new, UFO sightings go back to ancient times and surged after World War II. In his treatise “Flying Saucers,” Jung took a phenomenological stance,…
110 - ZOOMing In: Is Psyche Alive Online?
May 7 • 63 min
We have moved our lives online. But can we experience authentic human connection through virtual technology? Can we date, mourn, or have psychoanalysis on a screen? If screens offer some surprising intimacies—close-ups of wedding vows and eulogies—they…
109 - Jung & Astrology: Cosmos & Character
Apr 30 • 90 min
Astrology is a 4000-year-old discipline rooted in the mystery of man’s relationship to the universe. It is an archetypal frame for human experience that influenced Jung, depicts our connection to the heavens, and anticipates future trends.
108 - Authority: Who’s in Charge Around Here?
Apr 23 • 66 min
The dictionary defines authority as the power to “influence or command thought, opinion or behavior.” Authority’s Latin roots are master, leader, author—thus it lives next to its tough cousin, power. Families, organizations, and governing bodies influence…
107 - Nigredo: Finding Light in Our Darkness
Apr 16 • 64 min
The alchemical term nigredo means black or blackening, and is associated with decomposition and putrefaction. As a psychological state, nigredo is “the great suffering and grief” which the detached forces of nature inflict on the soul. We realize in…
106 - When Everything Changes: Is There Opportunity in Crisis?
Apr 9 • 64 min
In the Chinese language, the two characters representing crisis are danger and opportunity. Can that possibly be true of these days of pandemic crisis, with physical, economic, and psychological destabilization? Voices of experience and wisdom speak to us…
105 - Ancestors: Our Psychological Inheritance
Apr 2 • 62 min
The archetype of origins is in resurgence since the advent of ancestry-mapping programs. What are the psychological and symbolic meanings of ancestry? Identity is often strongly linked to ancestry in its ethnic and cultural aspects, and as the carrier of…
104 - Therapist Disclosures: Withholding or Overloading?
Mar 26 • 69 min
Should an analyst share personal information with clients? Freud believed that the analyst should be devoid of personal presence, so he sat unseen behind his famous couch. Jung realized that regardless of theory, psychotherapy entailed two people in a…
103 - Facing the Fear of Coronavirus: Finding a Grounding Attitude
Mar 19 • 60 min
The word plague derives from the Latin plangere, “to strike the breast as if in lamentation.” The novel coronavirus has visited loss, fear and hardship on many. Nature in her destructive mode can radically disrupt cultural creations and norms and show us…
102 - Destiny: Are We Fated to Have One?
Mar 12 • 64 min
Questions about fate and destiny have existed for millennia. Fate often refers to unalterable realities, from genes to future events, whereas destiny points to future potential. An acorn’s likely fate is to die on the forest floor, but its destiny is to…
101 - Pessimism: Was Eeyore Right?
Mar 5 • 56 min
“Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.” For Eeyore, only perverse possibilities lie ahead, even if they are unknowable. Do gloomy expectations create self-fulfilling prophecies? Or are pessimists more realistic than naive optimists like Winnie…
100 - Outrageous! What Drives Shocking Behaviors?
Feb 27 • 62 min
We can all cite examples of behaviors that defy reason and meaning. How can we understand X shouting those things at a party, or the bizarre thing Y filmed himself doing on YouTube? There is a great array of psychological labels for such behaviors, as if…
099 - Projection: When the Dart Lands
Feb 20 • 54 min
The power of projections to hit psychic targets serves both defensive and integrative functions. Projections are a natural aspect of psychic functioning, as we know from watching children at play: we first see inner images “out there” in order to…
098 - Climate Change: How Can We Welcome Upsetting Truths?
Feb 13 • 76 min
Recent severe environmental events have made facing climate change urgent. We talk with Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD, climate scientist, Jungian analyst, and author, about bringing a psychological perspective to our present situation and the process of change.
097 - A Psychology of Redemption
Feb 6 • 72 min
As we grow, unconscious unity becomes differentiated into feeling, ego, personality and desire. As we grow, we will have initiatory encounters with shadow, demanding the sacrifice of innocence and identification with ego. The story of Adam and Eve…
096 - Polyamory: Navigating the Complexities of the Heart
Jan 30 • 78 min
Polyamory, a current phenomenon, endorses open relationships with multiple lovers. The term means many loves, and polyamory strives to legitimize the benefits of non-monogamous romance and sexuality among adults.
095- TRIGGERED: Understanding & Transforming Complexes
Jan 23 • 66 min
When we speak of being triggered, what exactly is it that sends us into a familiar arc of feeling and behavior we may later regret? That mysterious force seems external and can elude our ability to locate it within. Jung called these autonomous and…
094 - Finding Resilience as We Face New Disasters
Jan 16 • 63 min
Although there have been a number of recent destructive environmental events, the duration and devastation of the fires in Australia have made a powerful impact on the collective psyche. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, although disastrous to humans,…
093 - Dynamics of Change & Renewal
Jan 9 • 64 min
A new year often symbolizes a new beginning, with resolutions to make specific lifestyle changes related to self-improvement. Research indicates, however, that up to 88% of these resolutions fail. If changes—no matter how worthy—are imposed by ego alone,…
092 - Trickster
Jan 2 • 50 min
The archetype of the trickster shows up in ambiguity, duplicity, contradiction and paradox. Usually depicted as masculine, trickster has been featured in tales worldwide through history. We see him as a boundary crosser, shape-shifting imitator, versatile…
091 - Secrets
Dec 26, 2019 • 56 min
Although a secret is usually considered information deliberately kept from others, we also keep secrets from ourselves. Internal secrets consist of emotionally laden knowledge that consciousness represses; the price of such secrets may be a complex or…
090 - Scrooge on the Couch: How the Numinous Transforms
Dec 19, 2019 • 74 min
Charles Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol, vividly portrays the journey to healing and transcendence. It was written in a fever, released on December 19, 1843, and sold out before Christmas. Ebenezer Scrooge’s visitations by the spirits of Christmas…
089 - Sibling Complexes
Dec 12, 2019 • 64 min
Siblings are embedded in the human psyche as they are in life. Even if one lacks siblings, there is ready access to them through friends, fairy tales, myths, and scripture. All feature multiple experiences and examples of sibling solidarity and siblings…
088 - Partings & Farewells
Dec 5, 2019 • 59 min
Partings connote a finality of farewell that signifies completion of a relationship. We may part from a stage of life, depart from home or college, or say farewell to a person, process or project. Partings signify the end of a story that has been told and…
087 - The Racial Complex with Dr. Fanny Brewster
Nov 28, 2019 • 87 min
Dr. Fanny Brewster, Jungian Analyst, colleague and friend, joins This Jungian Life to discuss her forthcoming book, The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race. Complexes tend to operate autonomously and unconsciously, have strong…
086 - Splitting, Polarization & Conflict
Nov 21, 2019 • 67 min
It happens all the time: people and problems split into opposing camps, whether the conflict is internal, between partners, in a family or—as we know all too well—between political parties. When positions become polarized conflict ensues, whether between…
085 - Healing the Negative Father Complex
Nov 14, 2019 • 67 min
The archetype of the father is associated with gods, kingship, and other images of authority and order. As the image of a “personified affect” fueled by an archetypal core, the father complex is powerful. In its negative aspect it may arise from a father…
084 - Anger
Nov 7, 2019 • 74 min
Anger is a core human emotion. Newborns express instinctual cries of protest, and many a mythological god has wreaked archetypal havoc. Cultural norms around anger range from keeping a stiff upper lip to highly extraverted forms of expression. There are…
083 - Ghostly Encounters
Oct 31, 2019 • 66 min
eople have reported experiences with ghosts from antiquity; Jung documented his encounters with mysterious sensed presences. How do we make meaning of such experiences? Are they visitations from external beings? Could they be related to unconscious…
082 - Medicating Psyche
Oct 24, 2019 • 70 min
The question of whether, when, and what psychoactive medications may be helpful is both big and ambiguous. Mental distress has always been strongly influenced by cultural filters and subjective perceptions. Whereas a person might once have sought to…
081 - Empathy
Oct 17, 2019 • 66 min
Empathy, the ability to feel into the suffering of another, is an intrinsic part of being human. We have such a capacity to imagine others’ experience that we react physiologically and emotionally to painful situations even in film. We are surprised,…
080 - When Therapy Ends
Oct 10, 2019 • 71 min
A planned, collaborative termination is the ideal way to bring a depth-oriented therapeutic process to a close. The client may have resolved a problematic life issue and/or have achieved an abiding sense of wholeness. When both partners feel the client’s…
079 - Grief & Bereavement
Oct 3, 2019 • 68 min
The death of a loved one is a loss that is part of the human condition and is universal. The Stranger — mortality — confronts us with a new need to accept the reality of our loss and pain, a process that can include ambivalent feelings. Relief and anger…
078 - Infertility
Sep 26, 2019 • 57 min
Medical technology has given the problem of fertility a scientific veneer. Our Promethean ability to manipulate gestational mysteries has wrested power from what was once the domain of the gods. Fulfillment of the promise of pregnancy seems to lie within…
077 - Chronic Complaining
Sep 19, 2019 • 67 min
Complaining is universal, perhaps, like gossiping, one of the first uses to which developed language was put. Overall, a complaint can refer to a perceived legal injustice, medical symptom, or other personally painful matter. The chronic complainer feels…
076 - Animus & Anima
Sep 12, 2019 • 70 min
Although these Jungian concepts have become familiar psychological terminology, they remain difficult to understand. According to Jung, animus and anima are innate psychic structures shaped significantly by the archetypal world, whereas the shadow is…
075 - Negative Mother Complex: When Our Painful Childhood Owns Us
Sep 5, 2019 • 64 min
As the mother is the generator of life and usual primary attachment figure, the mother complex is universal. As the image of a “personified affect” fueled by an archetypal core, the mother complex is especially powerful. In its negative aspect it may…
074 - Borderline Personality Disorder
Aug 29, 2019 • 63 min
While psychiatric diagnostic labels often reify the complexities of psychological dynamics, they can also orient us to the essential qualities of a particular emotional and behavioral field. BPD is characterized by difficulty with affect regulation,…
073 - Procrastination
Aug 22, 2019 • 67 min
We all procrastinate. Tasks from making a doctor’s appointment to preparing taxes to doing the laundry invite us to put off until tomorrow what we can postpone today. We may distract ourselves by going online, doing errands, or minimizing the time a job…
072 - Puer – Puella: Trapped in the Inner Child
Aug 15, 2019 • 67 min
If the passage into fullsome adulthood is avoided, a person can be trapped in the world of childhood. This protected realm is a nexus of potential, defined by avoiding the rigors of the real for the pleasures of possibility. Peter Pan, who chose to remain…
071 - Self Talk
Aug 8, 2019 • 67 min
Although only some of us talk aloud to ourselves, all of us have inner voices, even if we are not aware of them. These autonomous parts of ourselves provide running commentary on how and what we are doing. Are our inner commentators friendly and…
070 - Dating
Aug 1, 2019 • 72 min
We define dating as the quest for serious partnership or ongoing companionship. Today’s dating world is radically different from that of even a generation ago, and is light years away from previous generations. Dating apps and social media expedite and…
069 - Retirement
Jul 25, 2019 • 61 min
The life transition we call retirement mandates a major readjustment in how time, energy and money are spent, whether retirement means becoming a “snowbird” or having a stepped-down lifestyle. Work has structured the rhythm of life and time; most have…
068 - Chronic Illness
Jul 18, 2019 • 66 min
Chronic illnesses affect many, creating diminishment of physical ability and energy for life activities. Deb, Lisa and Joseph discuss emotional factors in the loss of the healthy, autonomous self –and the possibility of a profound shift in inner life.
067 - Early Abandonment
Jul 11, 2019 • 68 min
Experiences of physical abandonment are depicted in stories old and new as ways of out-picturing traumas of early relational abandonment. Jung articulated the archetypal foundation of what later psychologists came to call attachment theory. In an infant’s…
66 - Cults
Jul 4, 2019 • 54 min
Cults tap into universal human feelings and desires, such as the need to belong and resonance to parental influence. Although as adults we are no longer dependent on family and tribe for physical survival, our psychological needs for safety and attachment…
65 - Burnout
Jun 27, 2019 • 69 min
Burnout is a relatively new term for job-related distress or an ongoing life situation that is unsatisfying, defeating, and creates a sense of despair. Burnout robs us of our sense of control and agency—we feel unable to change the troubling situation.…
64 - Voyages
Jun 20, 2019 • 62 min
Although the word voyage connotes a sea journey, this episode considers a voyage to be an intentional trip of any kind. A voyage can range from a vacation in Vegas to a pilgrimage to a sacred site. Such journeys may be solitary, or, like the famed…
63 - Tears
Jun 13, 2019 • 69 min
We all shed tears. We cry when we are sad, but also when we are glad, surprised by beauty, love, or touched by other deeply felt and uniquely human experiences. Tears, and our access to them, are part of what makes us human, and when we cannot find our…
62 - The Psychology of a Victim
Jun 6, 2019 • 57 min
We can experience powerful feelings of empathy for those who are victims of trauma in all its heartbreaking dimensions. It is difficult even to consider a shadow side to this already dark aspect of human experience. Nevertheless, it is important also to…
61 - Individuation
May 30, 2019 • 69 min
Individuation, the central concept of Jung’s psychology, is the foundational image and aspiration of Jungian psychoanalysis – and life. In this episode Joseph, Lisa and Deb circumambulate and amplify the concept of individuation and images of the Self.
60 - Psychological Dismemberment: Why We Can’t Stay Connected
May 23, 2019 • 59 min
Images of physical dismemberment are often used in fairy tales, dreams and art to depict psychological fragmentation, numbing and other forms of disconnection. Such cut-offs, dissociations, and splits may be related to earlier relational trauma, and…
59 - Offense and Outrage
May 16, 2019 • 67 min
We all take offense, from feeling miffed at a thoughtless but cutting comment to being suffused with righteous rage. Others may fail to meet our expectations, agree with deep values, or hold us in positive regard. These experiences can spark effective and…
58 - The Art & Practice of B*tchiness
May 9, 2019 • 69 min
In this episode, the archetype of the bitch is explored using fairy tales, mythology, and popular culture to shed light on this colloquial, pejorative term. The term is applied most frequently to assertive women - and to men acting in a way deemed…
57 - Ambivalence
May 2, 2019 • 60 min
Deb, Joseph, and Lisa consider various facets of ambivalence: anxiety around foreclosing options and missing out fear of regret over a possible wrong choice, or inability to raise complexes and shadow elements into consciousness.
56 - Persona
Apr 25, 2019 • 61 min
This episode, inspired by the new album by the Korean band BTS, explains and amplifies the Jungian concept of the persona. Altogether the persona is the social archetype and represents a compromise between adaption to social realities and individuality.
55 - Identifying & Integrating the Personal Shadow
Apr 18, 2019 • 72 min
Deb, Lisa and Joseph discuss some of the ways that shadow can be confronted and given a place at the table of consciousness.
54 - Chronic Lateness
Apr 11, 2019 • 64 min
Lisa, Joseph, and Deb discuss possible unconscious motivations for lateness, including its role as an inelegant effort at individuation.
53 - Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Apr 4, 2019 • 64 min
Joseph, Lisa and Deb discuss stages of marriage / partnership, from romantic to parenting to empty nest, and the ongoing need for evolving relational awareness, especially in discerning the difference between individual complexes and relational problems.
52 - Precognitive Dreams
Mar 28, 2019 • 63 min
Listeners contributed examples of precognitive dreams for this episode. Lisa, Joseph, and Deb discuss theoretical concepts and listener dreams from various vantage points: the intuitive capacity of the unconscious, the synchronous intersection of matter…
51 - What is Your Therapist Thinking?
Mar 21, 2019 • 64 min
Lisa, Joseph, and Deb explore and explain what the analytic process is like for them as they work with clients. Deb describes her interactions with clients using a rectangular diagram - this represents the multi-directional flow of energy in the session…
50 - Shopping
Mar 14, 2019 • 62 min
Everyone shops—we have access to an astonishing choice of products. What are we seeking for our inner selves as we shop for outer objects? For some, utilitarian objects carry libido, whereas for others shopping is an aesthetic, adventurous, relational, or…
49 - Dietary Over-regulation and the Pursuit of Purity
Mar 7, 2019 • 58 min
Preoccupation and obsession with food–orthorexia-can take the form of the quest for health and purity, with rigid rules about food categories, such as the need for all-organic ingredients or omitting food groups such as dairy, sugar, and gluten in the…
48 - Estrangement
Feb 28, 2019 • 65 min
Estrangement involves psychologically cutting-off, repressing, and defending against connection with another who has come to be experienced as “all bad.” People may move away geographically, refuse to talk to a certain person, or simply give someone the…
47 - Falling in Love with your Analyst
Feb 21, 2019 • 66 min
Eros – love – is an essential part of the analytic process. In Vol. 16 of his Collected Works Jung used alchemical images of a king and queen to illustrate the various ways in which erotic feeling can enter the consulting room. The safety of a…
46 - Hiding
Feb 14, 2019 • 64 min
Hiding can be a conscious decision, whether for fun, as in the game of hide and seek, or out of necessity, as Anne Frank’s family’s had to do. Hiding can also be an unconscious phenomenon, particularly if there has been trauma, in order to protect the…
45 - The Wall
Feb 7, 2019 • 49 min
With “The Wall” very much in the forefront of national discussion, Deb, Lisa and Joseph reflect on the archetype of walls.
44 - The Archetypal Power of Football
Jan 31, 2019 • 69 min
Football is a uniquely American sport with millions of fans, heroic teams, and stadiums reminiscent of colosseums. As the Super Bowl approaches – television’s most-watched show – Lisa, Joseph and Deb consider the archetypal underpinnings that contribute…
43 - Heartbreak
Jan 24, 2019 • 65 min
Our hearts can break over the death of a dearly loved other, including a pet…and our hearts can break over the death of a relationship and the death of our hopes and dreams, and our innocence, idealizations, and the psychic needs we believe another can…
42 - Over Apologizing
Jan 17, 2019 • 60 min
What is “I’m sorry” as a habitual response really about? There’s the preemptive apology that is offered to forestall possible criticism, the apology that evokes reassurance from others, the apology for falling short of perfection…and more. This episode…
41 - Regret
Jan 10, 2019 • 57 min
Along with a our guest podcast Brazilian Jungian analyst Leticia Capriotti, we explored the psychological underpinnings of regret.
40 - What’s Unique about Jungian Analysis?
Jan 3, 2019 • 59 min
How is Jungian analysis different from other psychotherapies? What are its major components and distinguishing features? And what makes it effective? Lisa, Deb, and Joseph discuss Jungian analysis as a nonlinear process that is not limited to…
39 - Shrink Rap Radio
Dec 27, 2018 • 77 min
This week we sat down with Dave from Shrink Rap Radio to discuss dream analysis. We hope you enjoy and happy holidays!
38 - Holiday Madness
Dec 20, 2018 • 55 min
As the holiday season approaches, we examine the tidal pull of the ancient, archetypal power of the solstice season. Because of this underpinning, together with the power of family narratives, roles, and complexes, the holidays can be fraught with intense…
37 - Narcissism
Dec 13, 2018 • 67 min
The myth of Narcissus constitutes the archetypal root of the character structure of narcissism. Aspects of narcissism run from the healthy developmental narcissism of a child to the toxic narcissism of the psychopath, but all have in common a lack of…
36 - Adulting: Leaving the Parental Path
Dec 6, 2018 • 61 min
What does it mean to separate from one’s parents and parental complexes—the attitudes and values that have been deeply instilled since infancy? How do we discern when we are in a parental complex, whether we are aligned with it or rebelling against it?…
35 - Loneliness
Nov 29, 2018 • 74 min
Loneliness is a deeply human and universal experience. Lisa, Joseph and Deb examine it from multiple perspectives: as it may be experienced in young adulthood versus older years; as reflective of the need for attachment and relational security; as…
34 - The Scapegoat
Nov 22, 2018 • 73 min
The archetype of the scapegoat goes back to the ancient Hebrew ritual of using two goats to expiate the sins of the tribe. Sin, blame, and wrongness are also often attributed to others, and this practice – scapegoating – is addressed as it occurs in…
33 - Archetypal Dynamics of Gender Transformation
Nov 15, 2018 • 75 min
Lisa, Joseph, and Deb circumambulate the difficult issue of gender reassignment.
32 - Slobs
Nov 8, 2018 • 67 min
What happens when one is held captive by the mud of messiness? We try to understand sloppiness as a defense against overwhelming emotions, ongoing enmeshment in the primal maternal matrix, a regression to a younger and less differentiated self, and a…
31 - Food Addiction
Nov 1, 2018 • 69 min
Compulsive eating is a complicated psychological and biological problem. Food addiction can be a way of defending against unmet needs by displacing emotional hunger onto food. We discuss how infant experiences with eating and soothing can shape one’s…
30 - Escaping Literalism
Oct 25, 2018 • 61 min
We consider literalism as a normal state in childhood; children’s literalism can be funny and charming. We grow first into the ability to understand metaphor and conceptualize symbols and levels of meaning. Literalism can then serve as a defense against…
29 - ENVY & JEALOUSY: Hobgoblins in Relationships
Oct 18, 2018 • 63 min
This podcast relates envy and jealousy to early developmental dynamics, with envy related to the dyad of mother-and-baby and jealousy arriving a bit later, when the child realizes that sometimes he is left out of his parent’s relationship with one another.
28 - Boredom
Oct 11, 2018 • 55 min
Boredom is not depression or dissociation, sadness or loneliness…but what is it? We consider boredom from various perspectives: lack of access to one’s inner world, a relational deficit, a defense against unwanted feelings, a byproduct of reliance on…
27 - Dream Animals
Oct 4, 2018 • 69 min
In this podcast, we focus on animals as symbols of instincts that have often been repressed in order to conform to cultural norms. Because animals have objectively known characteristics, dream creatures can provide specific clues about lost aspects of…
26 - Betrayal
Sep 27, 2018 • 67 min
The experience of betrayal is painful, confusing, and damaging to one’s basic sense of self and reality. The betrayer is often seized by feelings that demand gratification and involve self-deceit, abandonment of responsibility and empathy for the other.…
25 - The Psychology of Divination: a depth approach
Sep 20, 2018 • 56 min
Divinatory systems have been used for thousands of years as a source of help and direction to people wishing to resolve situations of personal uncertainty. Jung used the I Ching for 30 years before he met Richard Wilhelm and found confirmation of its…
24 - Motherhood as a Journey of Individuation
Sep 13, 2018 • 54 min
The experience of motherhood evokes powerful feelings, ranging from joy and bonding to anger and rejection. If we can develop a conscious relationship with these feelings, we meet both denied aspects of ourselves—our shadows—and experience the pleasures…
23 - Indecision
Sep 6, 2018 • 49 min
Many people have difficulty making decisions, whether large or small. Among other factors, the psychology behind fear of making a decision can be related to fear of making a mistake, lack of motivation, suppressed anger and aggression, and difficulty…
22 - Pressure to Conform and Differentiation
Aug 30, 2018 • 52 min
The pressure to conform to familial and cultural values provides guidelines for each new generation – and can also stifle the uniqueness necessary not only to the individual but to family and cultural health. How can we discern when differentiation from…
21 — Living with a Crazy Parent
Aug 23, 2018 • 55 min
Living with a parent who is seriously impaired can be traumatic and have lasting consequences. Fortunately, resources for healing and resilience are also available, and premature encounters with shadow can be a call to consciousness and yield gifts of…
20 — Mother-in-Law
Aug 16, 2018 • 55 min
The mother-in-law is not only the subject of many a joke but the subject of fairy tale and myth. Conflict between the older and younger woman lies in the archetypal realm, as both struggle to come to terms with differences, age, and the power of both…
19 — Sin and Transgression
Aug 9, 2018 • 37 min
In archery, sin refers to missing the mark, whereas transgression involves violation of a cultural boundary. But missing the mark or crossing a line can have positive effects as well as negative consequences.
18 — Creative Depression
Aug 2, 2018 • 38 min
Creative depression demands that we suffer a journey into the deep wells of the psyche in quest of new life. It differs from other kinds of depression in how it is imaged in dreams, its antecedents in the person’s life history, and in relationships.
17 — Lying
Jul 26, 2018 • 45 min
Lying, hiding and sneaking are examples of trickster behavior, discussed as they occur in political and personal spheres. When is this behavior in service to individuation, and when is it in service to regressive, or unconscious, aspects of the psyche?
16 — The Archetype of the Gun
Jul 19, 2018 • 41 min
Guns play a big role in American mythology from the American Revolution to cowboys and first-person shooter games. Guns are symbols of heroic power—but mythology also sounds a cautionary note about what can happen when humans arrogate super-human power to…
15 — Toxic Masculinity
Jul 12, 2018 • 38 min
How can we understand the superficial label assigned to masculine behavior in today’s meme-driven style of discourse? The Dream: I am walking on what seems to be mountainous hills. A little ahead of me is what feels like my teenage daughter and a friend.…
14 — Dreams
Jul 5, 2018 • 40 min
Jung was one of the primary theorists who added to our understanding of the psychological significance of dreams, and working with dreams is often a central part of an analytic process. What is the Jungian understanding of why we dream? What does it mean…