November 2016 Blog Posts (15)

Barry’s Blog # 184: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Six

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded

Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That's how it goes. Everybody knows.

                           – Leonard Cohen

“In a dark time, the eye begins to see,” wrote Theodore Roethke. Now we move from vote stripping (profoundly unethical, but…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 30, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 183: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Five

“Stripping and Flipping” — Voter Suppression and Computer Fraud

The Democrats were defeated because of their own insolent incompetence, because of our antiquated electoral college system and because race is still the dominant factor in American life. That said, Clinton won more than the popular vote, and by over two million. She almost certainly won the Electoral College as well.

To go deeper, we have to get apocalyptic (to lift the veil from…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 26, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 182: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Four

It Can’t Happen Here

In pursuing what led to the Trump “victory” – yes, I’m putting that in quotes – we’re beginning to observe an ongoing conflict between two themes: Lesser of two evils vs Cognitive Dissonance. As for the first, it’s clear by now, with two astoundingly unpopular major candidates, that literally millions of people on both sides held their noses and chose the least unfavorable, the one whose promises…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 24, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 181: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Three

Race and Religion; Race and Social Class

Members of the clergy lay hands and pray over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights

Meanwhile, four out of five white evangelicals, a quarter of the electorate, some thirty million people, voted for Trump – despite his serial adultery, his casinos, his shady deals, his narcissistic tantrums, his reality-TV clowning, his wife’s soft-porn photos, his palpable insincerity, his profoundly uncharitable threats and accusations, his obnoxious vulgarity, his…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 21, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Event Summary: Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines Philosophy Symposium

Thanks to Alliance member Tim Holmes, co-host of the symposium, for providing this summary.

Co-directed by Merlin CCC (in conjunction with Dr. Barry Ferst, Professor of Philosophy at Carroll College, and Tim Holmes, internationally-renowned artist) and hosted by Carroll College Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 21, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Shadow in America Right Now...by Reverend Dr. Jeremy Taylor

Dr. Jeremy Taylor, known by many for his timeless book on dreams, Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill, has written a recent article on the heels of the American election, 2016, and has offered it to the Depth Psychology Alliance community:

Reverend Dr. Jeremy Taylor, D.Min., S.Th.D. (hon.) is co-founder and Past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams…
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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 17, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Paralysing Grip of the Unconscious...

Paralysis strikes. People feel paralyzed by problems. Relationships become stuck. Dreams become those of being paralyzed, unable to move, unable to wake up. Paralysis is real in life and in dreams. It often strikes when we least expect. It's the voice of the unconscious mind trying to get through to us.

Jung wrote, "The fight against the paralysing grip of the unconscious calls forth man's creative powers. That is the source of all creativity, but it needs heroic courage to do battle…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on November 17, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 180: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Two

Groping is a healthy thing to do. When you’re heterosexual, you grope, okay? –   Female Trump supporter.

 Race and Gender

I predicted during the Democratic primaries that

…Clinton will almost certainly win the nomination because she swept these states – none of which the Democrats have the slightest hope of…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 16, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 179: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part One

The stunned question echoes among liberals: How could this have happened? How could this racist scumbag become president? Wasn’t it finally time for a woman?

I’m going to propose some other questions. Forget about How could he win? or How could she lose? – because she didn’t (see below). The real question should be: Why didn’t she beat this immensely unpopular bufoon by thirty points? Why was the election – even in Red states – so…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 16, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

"The Social and Political Life of Shame in the U.S. Presidential Election 2016" by Mary Watkins, Ph.D.



Mary Watkins, Ph.D., is 
a professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and co- founder of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization in the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program. 

Mary has generously provided…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 13, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Mythological Legends as Portals to Personal Shadow, Group Trauma, and Cultural Complexes

Three of four Americans profess at least one paranormal belief, studies show, including a belief in ghosts, witches, or other magical entities.¹ There is a particular genre of folklore narratives called mythological legends, I recently learned, which are stories relayed as real experiences by real people, and which always involve paranormal…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 13, 2016 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Personal Myth

 

For over twenty years, I have been listening to life stories of many incredible people. It is part of my job.  Many people might think I am listening to their problems, but I hear stories. People who come to me are brave storytellers. It is a privilege to hear a personal mythology that has never been shared before. There are times when someone’s story is a mixture of broken pieces of tragedies and losses. No…

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Added by Payam Ghassemlou Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Depth Psychology and the Digital Age:

For one of the founders of modern depth psychology, Carl Gustav Jung, who was born in 1875 and died in 1961, the “digital age” was not conceivable, but even more than half a century ago, Jung had significant concerns about the challenges of a growing mind/matter split and the excessive focus…
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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Political Reality

"The underlying tension of the individual's relation to culture... is a fundamental conflict of psychic life, a catalyst for development from infancy to old age. If the individual cannot discern him/herself apart from these impersonal forces, he/she is unconsciously carried along by them, and this herding effect only magnifies the dangerous potential of mass movements. All unconscious conflicts have a dual nature: subjective and objective, personal and social, creative and destructive.…

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Added by Evan Hanks on November 10, 2016 at 10:03am — No Comments

A Message from the Other World

Despite my desire for zen-like calm, I've been affected by the deeply unpleasant US election and negative, hard-to-believe-this-is-the-US, stories in the news media. Sometimes I feel afraid…of nuclear war, climate change, and violence that I can't control. I worry about “what could happen.” And in…

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Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on November 9, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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