Carol S. Pearson's Blog (34)

Making Lemonade: Part 2

An Archetypal Plan for Recovering

from the U.S. Presidential Election


The U.S. presidential election has left Americans more divided than perhaps at any time since the Civil War. This…


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 more divided than perhaps at any time since the Civil War. In this…


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 been able to rope a steer to save their lives. This expression could…


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…


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.…


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…


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

The American Trickster & Our National Conversation

When problems seem overwhelming, the Trickster archetype often is called for. I’ve long been fascinated by its potential for liberation or con artistry. In fact, my doctoral dissertation looked at Trickster figures in books like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Catch-22, and Invisible Man. Dionysus, in my new book, Persephone Rising, is one also. This blog is triggered by Donald Trump’s candidacy, but it actually is about much more. All the attention on him…


Added by Carol S. Pearson on June 6, 2016 at 1:05pm — 3 Comments

Success Rules in Flux: Evidence from a Confounding Political Year

I’m visiting with friends and one of them asks, “What is going on? Is this America? On one side, we have a candidate for president of the United States whose fans love him for saying racist and misogynistic things, for wanting to round up a minority religious group, and who says that torture and the use of nuclear weapons are on the table for use. On the other, we…


Added by Carol S. Pearson on May 2, 2016 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Awakening Spring Within

“The calendar can’t tell you when the first day of spring is—your heart does,” says Alexandra Stoddard.[1] Of course, externally, spring is a natural event starting at the Vernal Equinox and ending at the Summer Solstice. As a season, it is marked by warmer weather, a period that from very ancient times was, and is today,…


Added by Carol S. Pearson on April 4, 2016 at 10:43am — No Comments

Narrative Strategies for Thinking Different and Better

I’ve been reading the gospels and thinking about Jesus’s teaching to “judge not that you be not judged” in the context of depth psychological teachings about withdrawing the projections that make us see others in the light of our own stories, rather than as they are. Many have warned of the Warrior archetype tendency to view those who think differently from us as enemies. Right now, our country seems locked in a Warrior story, which results in politicians, even of the same political party,…


Added by Carol S. Pearson on March 1, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments

Thriving, Cognitive Complexity, Bee Wisdom—and You

To thrive in today’s world, it is critical to be able to track emerging cultural stories that empower rather than limit you. One change I’ve noticed is the shift in the environmental and evolutionary sciences from a focus on “survival of the fittest” stories to narratives about ecological systems—a change that has influenced the thinking of economists, political scientists, and psychologists. A related movement in educational psychology argues that many of us experience a sense of…


Added by Carol S. Pearson on February 9, 2016 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Triggering Happiness Hormones In A Society in Turmoil

Ever feel lost, despairing, angry, and searching for answers? I have and found some answers through learning how to trigger my body's joy hormones.

  • Dopamine rewards accomplishment: Having goals, a purpose, and actively achieving desired outcomes.
  • Oxytocin rewards caring and belonging: Feeling connected to and supported by others; giving…

Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 27, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Star Wars: The Force Awakens And Persephone Rises, Perhaps In You And Me

The situation is bleak. The dark side has taken over again, the proof of which is how regimented and violent its soldiers are, and the light is being held only by a rebel band, guarded by a republic. The two great masculine heroes—Luke Skywalker and Han Solo—have lost faith in their power to create change, so Han has gone back to trading and Luke is hiding out.

But Princess Leia has not lost faith. She is a general for the Resistance to the Nazi-like First Order, having traded her…


Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 13, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Archetypal and Narrative Intelligence Tools for 2016

By Carol S. Pearson

Most people have no idea that the stories inside our heads determine much of what we notice in the world or how we string our observations together to make meanings of them. This suggests that stories that are invisible to us define a good deal of what we experience, so we continue to live these stories as if they were reality when they are not, even when they make us miserable. Understanding this can help us listen to others who see situations…


Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 13, 2016 at 10:13am — 7 Comments

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