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WHAT IS DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY?
Depth psychology, a term first coined by Swiss psychiatrist, Eugene Bleuler, around the end of the 1800’s, has its beginnings in the work of Sigmund Freud and another Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav (C.G.) Jung, along with Pierre Janet and William James. Depth Psychology explores the hidden or deeper parts of human experience by seeing things in depth rather than taking them apart.
Certainly, it involves deep inquiry into the symbolic meaning of things, of symptoms, images, and emotions that arise in one’s life, influencing each of us regardless of whether we are aware of it or not (Ellenberger, 1970). includes aspects of Psychology, Philosophy, Mythology, Anthropology, Cross-cultural and Indigenous studies, and Ecology and the way each of them influences us as individuals. These fields affect we relate to ourselves, each other, and our culture, our species, and our planet as well.
Above all, Depth Psychology is a study of the Unconscious, that which is outside of our awareness and which we unable to know directly. Much like an iceberg of which a tiny fraction is visible above water, our human egos show up and we perceive this collection of ideas, thoughts, and beliefs that stem from our cultural conditioning and past experience as "all of us." However, the unseen content below the surface has much to reveal to us if we will only listen in.
The Unconscious, personal or collective, communicates messages for our greater good through symbols, dreams, myths, and patterns in nature among other methods. Download the full article here: http://www.depthinsights.com/pdfs/On_Depth_Psychology.pdf
ABOUT DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY ALLIANCE
Depth Psychology Alliance was created to be central gathering place, a global village for discussion, research, and development of Depth Psychology ideas and views as well as a place to connect with like-minded colleagues, old and new. It's also a container in which to discuss news, cultural happenings, and current events and try to understand them using a depth perspective.
As the first online community of its kind, it is our hope that we can build a powerful collection of content and methods that will empower the field---as well as each of us--to individuate and transform, enabling Depth Psychology to emerge more fully into the everyday world where it can do its work.
is to make Depth Psychology universally accessible and to foster meaningful insight into the human psyche and the collective soul. Integral to this vision is the spirit of service. We aspire to serve as a source of warmth, replenishment, and interconnectivity in the ongoing process of tending to soul.
is to serve all individuals and organizations who are passionate about the power of Depth Psychology. Our intention is to cultivate a dynamic global gathering place for EXPOSURE to as well as the EXPLORATION and EXCHANGE of 1) the ideas, principles and practices of the various depth psychologies, 2) new and existing resources, while at the same time 3) encouraging opportunities to connect and dialogue with like-minded others.
The role of the Advisory Board is support the vision of Depth Psychology Alliance, providing counsel and insight and to hold the space for ongoing growth and expansion in serving depth psychology.
Advisory Boardmembers: Bonnie Bright (Founder), Silvia Behrend, Michael Conforti, Patricia Damery, David Van Nuys, Gary Bobroff, Dorene Mahoney, Donna May, James Newell, Brent Potter, Jennifer Selig, Mark Sipowicz, Jesse Masterson (In Memoriam)
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Bonnie Bright, Ph.D. holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Depth Psychology, and wrote her Master's thesis at Sonoma State University on the symbolic nature of Colony Collapse Disorder, the mysterious disappearance of the honeybees.
After a 15-year career in Marketing Communications serving clients in technology, media, music, software, and nonprofit, she completed a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA.
Bonnie’s writing has appeared in anthologies Toward Beginnings: Images of End; Occupy Psyche: Jungian Perspectives on a Movement; and Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled, as well as Jung Journal, Quadrant, and Depth Insights scholarly eZine. Her work on depth perspectives related to Colony Collapse Disorder was published in America on the Couch, edited by Pythia Peay, Lantern Books, 2015.
Bonnie has presented nationally and internationally on depth psychology topics including at the Assisi Conference in Assisi, Italy, and at JSSS (The Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies) in New Orleans. She also presented at the Open Forum for Climate Change hosted by the Deep Democracy Institute, the "Aesthetic Nature of Change" International Conference hosted by the Institute for Cultural Change in Ojai, CA, along with "Conversations with a World Ensouled" at CIIS (California Institute for Integral Studies) in San Francisco and JFK University in Pleasant Hill, CA, and the "Seizing an Alternative" Ecological Conference in Claremont, CA.
Bonnie served on the board for AHBI, the Association for Holotropic Breathwork for four years, and has trained extensively in the Enneagram, a psycho-spiritual personality typology system, and in Indigenous African Spiritual Technologies with African Elder, author, and teacher, Malidoma Somé.
Bonnie hosts an online radio/podcast, "Depth Insights" where she and her guests take a depth psychological look at news, events, and phenomena in today's world, and is the Executive Editor of the semi-annual Depth Insights scholarly e-zine. She edited the anthology, Depth Psychology and the Digital Age (Depth Insights, 2016). You can find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bonniebright5 or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BonnieBright.DepthPsych
About the Depth Psych Alliance Logo:
If you look at the Depth Psychology Alliance logo, you’ll see it’s a beehive.
This particular image was chosen to represent the community because it is the most powerful depth psychological symbol I can imagine. A beehive is a superorganism, meaning it has life and intelligence as an entity in and of itself. It is greater than the sum of its parts. It is sacred space, the place in which tens of thousands of bees gather within the interior to do their designated work. Within the darkness, the Mystery, each bee has her own role and the hive would not function the same way without her. The hive is inhabited by the ultimate sacred feminine, the queen, which creates life by laying up to 2000 fertile eggs each day.
The space pulses with life, work, community, and is a magical laboratory for alchemy as sweet nectar is brought in and painstakingly turned into liquid gold through remarkable processes. Each of the worker bees leaves the hive to go out and forage, giving the gift of pollination to the places she visits on the outside, then returns again to sacred space before the sun goes down, navigating by an innate instinct to the place that is "home".
In addition to the darkness and depth, there is shadow—and particularly now as bees are vanishing by the billions under the darkness of Colony Collapse Disorder that, while still mysterious, is likely in good part a result of we humans have abused the earth with pesticides, pollution, destruction of the natural habitat required by bees, genetically modified plants, and commercial practices that are harmful and often fatal to bees.
Meanwhile, it is my deep hope that this community here at Depth Psychology Alliance will function as a healthy hive, a busy, thriving meeting place which we may all inhabit and do some of our work in the world, supporting each other, entering into discussion and reflection, cross-pollinating each other's knowledge and experience with our own, and alchemically transforming our presence and efforts into soul that can go out into the world, gather sweet nectar and pollen and deliver it back “home” again on an ongoing basis.
Meanwhile, if you have a strong interest in learning more about the historical, symbolic, and scientific aspects of bees and the hive, please see my short blog on the subject in the “Blogs” section
-Bonnie Bright, Founder, Depth Psychology Alliance
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