Carol S. Pearson's Blog (28)

Finding Yourself and Expanding Your Horizons

Western culture emphasizes individualism and, therefore, being authentic and true to who we are. Who we are, of course, is influenced by others, who also may be influenced by us. Social neuroscientists have posited that humans evolved through interactions, as each person, each group, and each region shared their stories with…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on April 12, 2019 at 8:47am — No Comments

What Stories Are You Living—and What Unconscious Assumptions Determine What You Do?

When someone asks, “How are you?”, you might say, “Great!” or “I’m good” or “Hanging in there” or some such, and leave it at that. But if you are talking with a friend, loved one, or anyone who seems truly interested, likely you might share an anecdote about why you feel the way you do. For example, you might say:

  • I left my house at the…
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Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 4, 2019 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Learning from Brands in Crisis to Remain Our Best Selves in Challenging Times

By Margaret Mark and Carol S. Pearson[i]



Many of us in our lives…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 28, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Need to Lighten Up? Activate Your Jester Archetype

When life feels like a drag and events are depressing, it is a good time to lighten up. For that, we can call on the Jester. You may know this archetype best in the comedian, the entertainer, the party planner, the cruise director, the satirist, the practical joker, or the friends or colleagues who always crack…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on June 15, 2018 at 11:56am — No Comments

Need to Lighten Up? Activate Your Jester Archetype

When life feels like a drag and events are depressing, it is a good time to lighten up. For that, we can call on the Jester. You may know this archetype best in the comedian, the entertainer, the party planner, the cruise director, the satirist, the practical joker, or the friends or colleagues who…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on June 15, 2018 at 11:54am — No Comments

Are You a Warrior? And If So, What Kind?

Warriors generally are associated with two kinds of courage: (1) the ability to fight to protect themselves and (2) setting goals and developing the strength and skills to accomplish them. If we do not have enough access to the Warrior archetype, we may let other people push us around, lack…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on April 23, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Archetypal Remedies for #MeToo and #TimesUp: How Not to Be Part of the Problem

Gender roles are in flux in a good way, so that we all have access to archetypes related to human attributes that have been divided up by traditional sex roles. Psychologists believed for much of the 20th century that mental health required fidelity to traditional sex roles,…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on February 27, 2018 at 10:32am — No Comments

Ghosts, Zombies, Vampires, and the Apocalypse: What Are They Warning Us About?

The most profitable film genre in America today offers horror, as does television: These include narratives about the apocalypse, ghosts, zombies, and vampires.

Why do we like them, and what are they telling us?

Given nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and climate…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on February 9, 2018 at 9:09am — No Comments

Why Do People Think Such Nutty Things, and How Can We Talk With Them Anyway?

Fights over conflicting viewpoints, including those between young adults and their parents, are common in life. Now, in the U.S. and elsewhere, the political opinions of different groups have begun to ossify, so that it is difficult for citizens to hear one another or have civil discussions…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 22, 2018 at 11:13am — No Comments

Brothers and Sisters: Friends or Foes? Oh, My!

Most of us get little help in navigating sibling relationships or seeing how they affect us. Recently, I was asked to give a presentation on sisters and brothers and found there is very little written about this important topic. Even family system literature focuses more on parents and…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 22, 2018 at 11:08am — No Comments

Brothers and Sisters: Friends or Foes? Oh, My!

 

By Carol S. Pearson

 

Most of us get little help in navigating sibling relationships or seeing how they affect us. Recently, I was asked to give a presentation on sisters and brothers and found there is very little written about this important topic. Even…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 23, 2017 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Arrival: How the Feminine Saves the World

Life in the 21st century is challenging for all of us. We are living in a globally interdependent world, where time has accelerated, learning challenges are constant, and it is difficult to keep up with the pace of change and not feel overwhelmed. On top of that, physicists tell us that…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on May 15, 2017 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Finding Yourself in the New Tribalism

Neotribalism is a sociological term that describes the way many countries are splintering apart in response to a global society in which it is difficult to find our individual identities with so much coming at us to choose from in terms of lifestyle, values, and beliefs. Ancient ethnic and racial…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on March 22, 2017 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Making Lemonade: Part 3

An Archetypal Plan for Recovering from the U.S. Presidential Election

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on December 7, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Making Lemonade: Part 2

An Archetypal Plan for Recovering

from the U.S. Presidential Election

 

The U.S. presidential election has left Americans…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on December 6, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Making Lemonade: Part I

 An Archetypal Plan for Recovering

from the U.S. Presidential Election

The U.S. presidential election has left Americans…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on December 5, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Secret to Being Real, Successful, and Happy

In Texas, where I grew up, we had an expression—“all hat and no cattle”—that summed up a certain kind person. The expression came from seeing people wearing fancy western outfits who had no idea the hard work or long hours required to run, or work in, a cattle ranch. And, they would not have…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on September 26, 2016 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Activating Your Soul’s Erotic GPS

Have you ever wished you had the equivalent of a map, handbook, or GPS that would help you know what to do and where to go to be happy? Or, have you ever felt envious of those who always seemed to know what decision to make to enhance their personal fulfillment? And, have you ever fallen in love with a person, a place, a home, a field of study, a potential new job, a cause, a spiritual path, or even a product of some sort and then felt horribly disappointed when you faced its reality? I know…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 9, 2016 at 9:39pm — No Comments

The GOP Convention: Captured in an Innocent Trance

I did not want to face the truth about the archetypal story of the Republican convention, as I was hoping for better. However, it is clear to me that, overall, the convention was embodying an Innocent trance. The Innocent as an archetype has the virtues of a spontaneous, happy child, and when in positive and conscious form is optimistic and idealistic. We could see a bit of this latter aspect in the evocation of the image of America as “a shining city on a hill” that beckons others to us.…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on July 22, 2016 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

Hillary’s Archetypal Challenges—And Ours

By Carol S. Pearson

 

Hillary Clinton has major archetypal advantages and faces equally major challenges, similar to ones we all confront in figuring out how to link our strengths with the needs of a time and place. I’m sharing this analysis of her archetypes as a model for what any of us can do to be effective in the environments we must deal with.

 

Strengths: Hillary’s Ruler[1] archetype strengths are important to the…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on June 22, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments


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