What is YOUR definition of Depth Psychology???
Here's (the beginning of) mine:

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 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). It includes aspects of Psychology, Philosophy,
Mythology, Anthropology, and Ecology and the way each of them
influences us as individuals. These fields affect how 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.

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Comment by Bonnie Bright on January 5, 2011 at 11:44am

Hi James. Thanks for your comments. I am so in agreement. I am moving toward dissertation and, though the topic is not nailed down yet, I am definitely convinced that it will be assessing the both the degeneration of culture--as well as the hopeful, sacred aspects as well. I love the quote from Jung you mentioned, about "who looks inside awakens". It is really something at the core of his thought and his phenomenal influence

I just started reading a book by Edward Edinger called The Creation of Consciousness: Jung's Myth for Modern Man in which he refers to Jung as an "epochal man'--someone "whose life inaugurates a new age in cultural history". It is an idea that really strikes me; makes me think it's not even so much about Jung as a "messenger"--though the content of his contribution is so valuable, but just his very existence and presence marks him as something of a herald for significant change that has already begun.

I'm not that far into the book yet, but already highly recommend it.

Comment by James Burden on January 4, 2011 at 2:48pm

it seems to me that Depth Psychology offers our to our culture exactly what it needs most. In my view too much of our society is focused on suface leval bs that we commonly mistake for wholness. My thinking on this is bassed on a personal level by observations of freinds, family and co-workers. I think we have a mass degenoration of the culture where we are more and more expected to accept what is given to us instead of exploration and discovery. Films like the Matrix and Fight Club come to mind.


I do have hope and that seems for myself to be comming from the realm of Depth Psychology. When Jung said "who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens" he was onto something BIG. "the sleeper must awaken" Frank Hurbert

Comment by Patricia Morin on September 24, 2010 at 4:55pm
I'm just beginning to navigate these pages. What a wonderful opportunity to learn and explore. Thanks for setting this up, and for the warm welcome.
Comment by Can Guldere on May 31, 2010 at 2:25am
Dear Bonnie,
thank you very much for welcoming me to the community.

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