September 2016 Blog Posts (21)

Working with the Ancestors: A Jungian Perspective—A Conversation with Sandra Easter, Ph.D.

For Sandra Easter, author of Jung and the…


Added by Bonnie Bright on September 30, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

Depth Psychological Insights on Narcissism (in the Era of Donald Trump): An Interview with Steve Buser, MD

To say that Donald Trump has “stirred a lot of emotions” is perhaps an understatement, so it makes sense that many of us would welcome a better understanding of why that is the case.

The American Psychiatric…


Added by Bonnie Bright on September 29, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 172: Cultural Appropriation? Part Five of Seven

I naively thought that I’d covered the entire range of issues related to the subject of cultural appropriation in the first four parts. I dealt with common themes of authenticity, ownership, privilege, gatekeeping (who gets to decide?), reconstruction, permission, appreciation, calling and community. And: complexity. Here, I have few new concepts to introduce, mainly my own further marveling at how bloody complex this whole issue is, and in no particular order.

As I mentioned in Part…


Added by Barry Spector on September 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — 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

Boredom from a Gay Perspective

Boredom from a Gay Perspective


Payam Ghassemlou Ph.D.

Gay people are naturally creative and industrious. They are often a small percentage of any population and yet their societal contribution is enormous. I take a great deal of pride…


Added by Payam Ghassemlou Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

To Live Without Reservation...

How we fuss and fret when we are stuck! We try ever so hard and seem to get nowhere. Then, we finally decide, if we have the proper sense to, to look within. Deep layers of feeling and instinct, especially dreams, can speak to us. But, above all, before we get to the point of the unconscious delivering its wisdom we must have lived with all our might, without reservation.

C.G. Jung wrote, "This is how you must live - without reservation, whether in giving or…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on September 21, 2016 at 1:32pm — No Comments

How Memory Tending Can Transform You: An Interview with Dr. Daphne Dodson and Bonnie Bright

You may have donated that Times of Your Life Paul Anka 8-track to charity when it didn’t sell at the last neighborhood rummage sale, but the words to “Good Morning Yesterday” live on. Sometimes it is hard to find the “memories you left behind” as Anka sang in 1976. Sometimes, as Freud argued, those memories sink below the level of our consciousness, but continue to work on us in various ways even decades later. Sigmund Freud even formulated a term “return of the repressed” to…


Added by Bonnie Bright on September 19, 2016 at 2:05pm — No Comments

The Conscious Perception of Opposites

"Beneath our scientific preoccupations, we remain in the stage of psychological awareness reflected in our religious heritage. Behind the curtain of moral judgment lurk the split figures of good and evil: a model of how we relate to our unconscious natures. Jung has described how those ideas reflect the positive and negative poles necessary to produce psychic energy: the sliding scale along which consciousness fluctuates in its on-going efforts to define itself. Just as it forms the path…


Added by Evan Hanks on September 18, 2016 at 7:58am — 2 Comments

"Florence Foster Jenkins": Be All You Can't Be (Individuation Gone Wrong)

 “In general, it [individuation] is the process by which individual beings are formed and differentiated; in particular, it is the development of the psychological individual as a being distinct from the general, collective psychology.”

Dr. Carl G. Jung, Psychological Types (1921),…


Added by Skip Conover on September 18, 2016 at 5:11am — No Comments

Genentic Epistomology - Universal Unconscious

Dwight Eisenhower Asks Computer: "Is There a God?" - Joseph Campbell - 1986…


Added by Wayne Terry on September 17, 2016 at 5:58am — No Comments

A Tribute to Noam Chomsky


Added by Wayne Terry on September 15, 2016 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Far From the Beaten Path...

C.G. Jung wrote, "The artist's relative lack of adaption turns out to his advantage; it enables him to follow his own yearnings far from the beaten path" (CW 15, 131). So seemingly easy it is to tell someone to walk their own walk, to follow their own path or to casually expect it of ourselves. A person came in for depth therapy and said, "I have to bust loose out of this family of mine. They're killing me, my soul. Whenever I'm around them I feel horrible." Little did he know what…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on September 15, 2016 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

A Tribute to Carl Jung

Turing Machine Intelligence Analysis

Carl Jung…


Added by Wayne Terry on September 14, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Existential Emperical Analysis and Jungian Psychological Methodology


I am firmly committed to the philosophy of…


Added by Wayne Terry on September 13, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Jung, the Arts, and Spirituality: Dr. James R. Newell in Conversation with Bonnie Bright

As a child, James Newell, who has played music with some of the great names in the blues world, suffered a life-changing injury after falling through a pane of glass. Both the trauma of a hospital stay where his parents were not allowed to visit him, and the physical damage he…


Added by Bonnie Bright on September 10, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

The Image Making Capacity of Soul: A Conversation on Imaginal Figures in Everyday Life with Dr. Mary Harrell

Every once in a while, a term emerges on the horizon of my awareness which I find strikingly beautiful. In this case, it is the “image-making capacity of soul.” The language of soul is symbol, and symbol shows itself in image—including dream images, fairy tales and myth, or even art, Mary Harrell, Ph.D., explains in her recent book, …


Added by Bonnie Bright on September 9, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Soul on Edge

In the Places of Thinking and Writing, Conversations in the Gap between Mind and Soul, Eavesdropping on the Edge, Writing in the Margins, Lingering at the Lip of the Abyss, all possible titles-containers for experiments in writing down the language of soul, experiments in the gap between psychology as a natural science and a distinct and specialized profession, and psychology as a vocation and an art and a practice that colors and shades and qualifies all of our actions.

To be a…


Added by Robert Romanyshyn on September 6, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Living an Imaginative Life

What is the nature of the beings that live in the space between matters of the natural world, and ideas of the reasonable mind? These are multivalent, multi-vocal figures that come in reverie, grief, or the moments of shipwreck that deconstruct and transform individual and cultural soul. How do these figures cause us to live a life imbued with wonder and mystery?

These questions compelled me to begin exploring what French philosopher Henry Corbin calls the imaginal realm,…


Added by Mary Harrell on September 5, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Resurrecting the Dead: A Reflection on Technology

 For many years now I have been intrigued with Mary Shelley’s story, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. In many ways her story is a prophecy of themes that characterize our technological world-view. In the book that I am now writing, The Frankenstein Prophecies: The Untold Story, I explore seven of those prophecies. The triumph over death, which is the dream of Victor Frankenstein, is the central theme.

That theme lingers today in films that are our…


Added by Robert Romanyshyn on September 4, 2016 at 2:06pm — 2 Comments

Terminal Identity: A Reflection on My First Webinar Experience, January, 2016

There is a Gap between the digital space of technology and the erotic field of fleshy engagement between self and other, a fleshy entanglement with all its ambiguities and mess, with all its spoken and unspoken gestured desires and appeals, where all the follies and absurdities of trying to say what one means and to mean what one says is nakedly there impregnating the other, where the lies of a hidden mind betray themselves on the face? What are words spoken at the…


Added by Robert Romanyshyn on September 4, 2016 at 1:55pm — No Comments

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