Tag: Archetypes

  • Animuse

    The last time I posted, I wrote about having a sense of a deep sinking into myself. A few weeks later, I began reading The Interpretation of Fairy Tales by Marie-Louise von Franz, and discovered that the experiences I described in my last post are often symbolically represented in fairy tales. Von Franz uses the […]

  • On Technology

    We are no different from our most primitive ancestors who believed in possession by evil spirits. We who are so sophisticated can’t understand the lure of Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other technologies we use as substances to avoid anxiety.

  • Creating a Life

    Depth therapy or analysis will not cure anyone, but will, at least, make life more interesting by helping one discover the “complex riddles wrapped within” and thus, hopefully, bring them and other inner contents into consciousness.

  • The Half-Blood Prince

      From a psychological perspective, I found the latest Harry Potter movie to be one of the best I have ever seen for illustrating the different paths the orphan hearted can take once they are awake to their own pain. We have Harry Potter, an orphan raised without love, and Tom Riddle (who becomes Lord […]

  • Voodoo

    I have a particular fondness for the work of Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross because of her model of grief, and find that regardless of how great or small the loss I’m experiencing, her model serves me well by reminding me that my reactions are normal and to be expected. By now, most of us know the […]

  • Great Mother

    In Container, the third article in my series on leaving home, I wrote briefly about what can happen when a child’s need for balanced “containment” and nurturance are not met in the family of origin, and she grows up uncontained, unprotected, and without nurture. The opposite can happen, of course, and a child can grow […]

  • Once Upon a Time: I’m Mad as Hell! | 4

    “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this any more!” An excellent movie about people confronting their shadow selves is Network (1976). Among the most famous bits of dialogue from the film are these lines, spoken by the main character, anchorman Howard Beale: I don’t have to tell you things are bad. […]

  • Once Upon a Time: Shadow | 3

    As I wrote yesterday, the Shadow is the elemental, foundational archetype representing all that is instinctual-the latent dispositions common to all people. The Shadow stands at the threshold between the consciously perceived outer world and our unseen, unperceived inner world of which we are unconscious. Jung wrote that the unconscious may be likened to what […]

  • Once Upon a Time: The Quest | 2

    The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung wrote that “The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is ‘man’ in […]

  • Once Upon a Time: Pack Your Bags | 1

    I have someplace I’d like to go, and I hope you’ll come with me. This will be a long journey, but if you stick with me until the end, I think each of us will discover treasures and have adventures that we can’t even imagine now, as we begin. I don’t even know quite where […]