The Rabbit Hole: A Woman's Journey into the Unconscious


Recently on an afternoon hike, I passed by the above hollowed out tree, which reminded me immediately of the rabbit hole in Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland. I knew that I must write about the image and story of the rabbit hole from a Jungian psychological perspective. I read the book Alice in Wonderland many years ago, but reacquainted myself with the story through the most recent Walt Disney (2010) remake of the movie. This article will mostly refer to this movie version of Alice’s adventures.

In the story, the heroine Alice has a nightmare about following a white rabbit and then falling down a dark hole. When arriving at the other end of the rabbit hole, she enters a strange and uncanny new world where she sees exotic creatures like the white rabbit, a dodo bird, a smiling cat, a blue caterpillar, and other strange and fascinating creatures. Alice awakes from the nightmare and tells her father about it wondering if she is mad. Her father replies, “All the best people are mad.” So begins the journey of Alice into the great unknown of her unconscious, as symbolized by the fall into the rabbit hole (continued)....>


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Comment by Dr. Jeff Howlin on May 25, 2012 at 5:26pm

Hi Lois,

Interesting that we both used the story of Alice in Wonderland to discuss things of a Jungian nature.  Your book sounds like something that I would enjoy. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and good luck with the book! 


Comment by Lois Carey on May 25, 2012 at 10:36am

This is quite fascinating for me as I, too, have been quite connected to this story.  Some years ago, I used the story of Alice to illustrate symbols and archetypes.  More recently in my "quasi-memoir" - A Salty Lake of Tears: A Soul Journey," I use Alice's story and infuse it with mine.  It seems to have worked well and I have gotten positive reviews.  It is also quite interesting that this "fairy tale" still has many stories to tell.  All the best!

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