Erik J. Welsh, PhD
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Santa Monica, CA
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Jungian Psychology, Archetypal Psychology, Mythology, Ecopsychology
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Pacifica Graduate Institute
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In Depth psychology we can explore life as an alchemical process. Through Depth psychology we can embrace metaphor and explore beyond our beliefs to openly hear new ideas.
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Erik J. Welsh, PhD's Blog

Addiction, Schema, and Reason: Emotions and Cognitive Structures

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 10:29am 0 Comments

The addict, and others in general, are influenced through a variety of factors. From the influential factors of an addiction, impressions are made in regard to who an addict may be. For this discussion I would like to acknowledge a psychological component that can allow for further discussions of compassion, empathy, and the paradoxical experience of addiction. The cognitive structures that are secured within addiction leave an individual grappling with the…


Chaos, Disorder, and Burdens

Posted on November 2, 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

There are numerous elements that can contribute to chaos or disorder in an addict’s life. When someone becomes entangled in addiction, the consequences and effects essentially govern the psyche in such a way that the addiction becomes the identity. The identity that develops with the addiction allows for the individual to become estranged from an identity prior to the addiction. In the disorder of addiction, the individual develops a sense of truth through the belief of a found solace in…


Empathy and Addiction: A Quest for Connection

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 7:24pm 0 Comments

How is the individual to embrace an empathetic approach towards an individualized occurrence of addiction? Just as there are a variety of ways in how one might define empathy, there too is both a complex and chaotic understanding of addiction. Addiction is an emotionally charged experience for the world as a whole, which includes the individual as well. Our understanding of addiction, our emotional biases, our understanding of its existence, etc., provides a…


Depression, Spirituality, and Addiction: The Search for Meaning

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 5:36pm 0 Comments

The Addiction Complex - Depression Spirituality and Addiction: The Search for Meaning


I came across a statement by Sorajjakool, et. al. (2008) which inspired me to look at the interplay between depression, spirituality, and addiction:




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At 3:48pm on August 6, 2013, Bonnie Bright said…

Greetings, Erik, and (a much belated--sorry about that!) welcome to the online depth psychology community. It's great to have you here! It's so great to see you've jumped right in and shared your blog along with some very important thoughts. It's a much appreciated topic in this community to be sure.

Meanwhile, as you may know, we currently have nearly 2600 members from all over the world. I hope as you explore the community a bit you find a dynamic group of like-minded people who are all deeply drawn by the field of depth psychology. While there are many Jungian analysts and clinical psychologists here, our members come from many walks of life--artists, writers, doctors, healing professionals, counselors, students, business people, etc--so there is much cross-disciplinary knowledge and experience here to be shared.

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