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My favorite authors in the realm of depth psychology

This is just the beginning of my list, but these are some authors I personally find very valuable...

David Abram
Anne Baring
Morris Berman
Jerome Bernstein
Thomas Berry
Joseph Campbell
Craig Chalquist
Wade Davis
Chellis Glendinning
Susan Griffin
Stan Grof
Judith Harris
James Hillman
Derrick Jensen
C.G. Jung
JoAnna Macy Michael Meade
Ralph Metzner
Arnold Mindell
Thomas Moore
Bill Plotkin
Annie Rogers
Robert Romanyshyn
Robert E. Ryan
Meredith Sabini
Robert Sardello
Paul Shepard
C. Michael Smith
Mary Watkins
Terry Tempest Williams
Marion Woodman

Discussion Forum

Books You Recommend to Others Outside the Field of Depth Psychology

Started by Mark Sipowicz. Last reply by Jesse Masterson Mar 8, 2013. 5 Replies

I would love to hear what books have worked well for introducing others to a depth psychological perspective. My own book initiation into the opus of depth would have to be either Hillman and…Continue

CG Jung and St. Teresa of Avila

Started by Alan A. MacKENZIE. Last reply by Alan A. MacKENZIE May 1, 2011. 7 Replies

I was wondering if anyone has come across anyone's writings which looks at Teresa of Avila's spirituality and ties it to any of Jung's theories?  I'm familiar with Clift's book "Jung &…Continue

Living in the Borderlands - by Jerome Bernstein

Started by Bonnie Bright. Last reply by Ruth Martin Apr 16, 2011. 8 Replies

I am currently re-reading this book cover-to-cover. It had a huge impact on me when I first read it a couple of years ago. Bernstein's theory is that Nature is attempting to reconnect with humanity…Continue

Books on Female Shamansim

Started by Bonnie Bright Feb 11, 2011. 0 Replies

I just mentioned a couple of books in the Shamanism group during a discussion on  the history and culture of women shamans and thought I would post them here as well. They are both excellent:"The…Continue

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Comment by Hilda Reilly on January 24, 2013 at 8:41am

One of my favourite books is The Origin of Unconsciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes. Don't let the title put you off. And whatever you may think of Jaynes' theories you have to admit that it's an intellectual tour de force.

Comment by Kate Keller on September 4, 2011 at 7:29pm
I would add the books by Paula Reeves, both Women's Intuition and Heart Sense.  She is in Atlanta.  And check out Susan Olson's By Grief Transformed.
Comment by Siona van Dijk on June 6, 2011 at 2:34pm
I remember being deeply influenced by Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death.

I'd also recommend James Carse's Finite and Infinite Games as another brilliant little life-changer.

Aphrodite's Daughters, by Jalaja Bonheim, is incredible, as is Woman's Intuition, by Paula Reeves. (The latter has simple title for such a rare and deep book. I believe Marion Woodman is the co-author.)
Comment by Sally Durham on May 24, 2011 at 5:09pm
I've just completed Donald Kalshed's The Inner World of Trauma.  He's proposed groundbreaking ideas about what lengths the Self will go to preserve the psyche from being re-traumatized.   Both startling and insightful, Kalshed presents a novel  view of Self as both protector and potential annihilator.  His use of dreams and fairy tales to explicate theory make this book especially poignant.
Comment by Ian Pitt on January 21, 2011 at 7:10pm
Thanks for the video, Bonnie. Peter Kingsley has chosen an odd, anti-academic style for his later books (Ancient Philosophy has an academic style) that can be off-putting and even frustrating, but his ideas are worth exploring for those interested in the interfaces between psychology, religion, and philosophy. I for one had paid no attention to the ancient Greeks in this context until I had read his books, but they have opened my eyes to many things.
Comment by Bonnie Bright on January 21, 2011 at 4:10pm
Ian, Thanks for posting about Peter Kingsley. Someone had highly recommended him to me a few months ago and I had never heard of him before. I still haven't had as much time as I'd like to dig into his work, but his work is quite remarkable. I've just posted a (20-minute) interview with him in the Videos section for anyone who is interested...
Comment by Ian Pitt on January 21, 2011 at 11:20am

Reading Peter Kingsley's books because of Thomas Moore's recommendation: 

Ancient Philosophy - opened my eyes to the connections between religion and philosophy for the ancient Greeks

In the Dark Places of Wisdom - Parmenides was a follower of Apollo who practiced incubation

Reality - Kingsley provides a mystical/psychological analysis of Parmenides writings

Comment by Bonnie Bright on January 17, 2011 at 4:08pm
Hi Lois. Sandplay is such a fascinating topic: Do you have any specific books you would recommend on the subject?
Comment by Lois Carey on January 16, 2011 at 6:07am
I forgot to report that I present topics related to mythology and sandplay to many groups.  In April, together with Ilka List, we are presenting the snake as a healing symbol.  I am focusing on Medusa as the negative side of the image and her role as the negative mother archetype.
Comment by Ed Koffenberger on December 14, 2010 at 5:22pm

For dog lovers:

The Symbol of the Dog in the Human Psyche: A Study of the Human-Dog Bond by Eleanora Woloy.

 

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