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This Jungian Life

165 EpisodesProduced by Deborah Stewart, Lisa Marchiano, Joseph LeeWebsite

Eavesdrop on three Jungian analysts as they engage in lively, sometimes irreverent conversations about a wide range of topics. Join them for discussion of news events, family dynamics, personal issues and more as they share what it’s like to see the world through the depth psychological lens provide… read more

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Episode 163 - INTROVERSION

May 13th, 2021

1:26:54

The terms introversion and extraversion, now cultural staples, originated with Jung and describe the overall direction of life energy. The widely …

Episode 162 - Tending the Ego-Self Axis: Reconnecting with Source

May 6th, 2021

1:04:36

Erich Neumann publicly proposed the concept of the ego-Self (or Self-ego) axis and began to sketch its implications in his 1952 Eranos lecture, "The Psyche and the Transformation of the Reality Planes. Edward Edinger …

Episode 161 - When Words Lose Their Meaning

April 29th, 2021

1:37:02

In 1543, Andreas Vesalius dissected a corpse, thereby inaugurating a scientific attitude toward the human body. This new attitude taught us to stand aside from our identification and connection with the body and see it …

Episode 160 - The Dark Side of Mothering

April 22nd, 2021

1:12:53

Our colleague Puddi Kullberg, author of The Bad Mother, joins us to acknowledge motherhood’s shadow. A link to her paper is below. Our culture …

Episode 159 - The Alchemy of Writing

April 15th, 2021

1:13:04

The wellspring of consciousness has long been located in word. Once words were etched on clay or inked on papyrus, a new way of knowing was born. Writing ordered and expanded language, captured ideas, bloomed …

Episode 158 - The Phoenix: Life’s Transformative Fires

April 8th, 2021

1:07:16

The splendid-feathered phoenix lives for hundreds of years builds its own funeral pyre, sets it on fire, and rises from the ashes after three days. The phoenix represents long life, conscious acquiescence to death, and …

Episode 157 - The Archetype of the Fool

April 1st, 2021

1:00:24

The fool in various guises has appeared since ancient times. The court jester seduces through comedy, song, and story. The dummling son of fairy …

Bonus Episode - MILKMAID REVELATIONS: JUNG’S EROTIC STAMP COLLECTION

April 1st, 2021

29:29

Swiss Jungian scholar Jager Schmallzenburger has recently released news of the discovery of Jung’s erotic stamp collection. Found tucked into the …

Episode 156 - Exile & Alienation

March 25th, 2021

1:10:10

not chosen but is imposed and unwanted: a relational break-up, job lay-off, or deportation. Exile can affect the human spirit so powerfully that the …

Episode 155 - A Comedian Walks into a Jungian Podcast…

March 18th, 2021

1:25:13

Elliott Morgan, comedian and PhD candidate in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, joins us to explore humor and psyche. Elliott grew up …

Episode 154 - Belonging: The Search for Home

March 11th, 2021

55:14

Horses herd, birds flock, whales pod, and people tribe. The need to belong is as intrinsic to human nature as the need for food, touch, clothing and shelter. We belong to families, communities, ideas and ideals, yet …

Episode 153 - Chronic Anger: Trapped in Resentment

March 4th, 2021

56:11

Like fire in a wood-burning stove, resentment burns long and hot: bitterness, frustration, and hostility. The fires of resentment are lit when we …

Episode 152 - Navigating Young Adulthood: Risks & Rewards

February 25th, 2021

1:04:57

The twenties are a period of emerging adulthood, a time to engage in the maturational tasks of finding one’s place in the wider world and forming …

Episode 151 - Truth Telling: Revelations & Realities

February 18th, 2021

56:40

Subjective truths yield multiple realities—political and religious truths famously differ. Objective truths rely on independent realities—two plus …

Episode 150 - Facing Your Feelings: Avoidance or Encounter?

February 11th, 2021

1:04:40

While we welcome “good” feelings, we often try to banish “bad” ones like sadness, fear, vulnerability and shame. We may deny them by trying to “think …

Episode 149 - Self-Loathing: What’s Gnawing on Your Bones?

February 4th, 2021

1:03:06

The judgmental inner voice has volume, speed, pitch and range. It may appear as a perfectionistic critic, demanding taskmaster, or abusive bully. It …

Episode 148 - MYTH AS MEDICINE: An Interview with Kwame Scruggs, PhD

January 28th, 2021

58:35

Kwame Scruggs inspires men through mythology, drumming and connection to community and culture. As a young man Kwame discovered his inner fire …

Episode 147 - The Archetype of the Good King

January 21st, 2021

1:17:57

The king is figured prominently in myth, religion, and fairy tale. This compelling archetypal image has roots in our earliest human beginnings, when the king embodied his tribe’s earthly vitality and supra-human …

Episode 146 - INFLATION: The Challenge of Archetypal Possession

January 14th, 2021

1:13:46

Inflation applies to balloons, economics--and psychology. Jung defined it as being seized by archetypal energy resulting in “a puffed up attitude, …

Episode 145 - Willpower: Choice, Energy & the Power to Achieve

January 7th, 2021

1:19:01

The ability to choose and exercise will is a defining characteristic of humans. Only humans have enough energy available to consciousness to escape …

Episode 144 - Fierce Female Initiations: Claiming Authority & Selfhood Through Trials

December 31st, 2020

1:07:45

Mythological Paths to Personal Potential

Myths and fairy tales depict women’s initiation into authority and adulthood. Hades abducted Kore (maiden) …

Episode 143 - Scrooge on the Couch: How the Numinous Transforms

December 24th, 2020

1:16:11

Something's going on in Scrooge's soul...and it's tired of waiting for an invitation.

Charles Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol, vividly portrays …

Episode 142 - The Archetype of the Divine Child: Light Reborn

December 17th, 2020

1:01:45

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. Luke 2:10 

The divine child appears when least …

Episode 141 - FANTASY: Do We Have Fantasies or Do They Have Us?

December 10th, 2020

1:03:16

Is fantasizing helpful or harmful?

Fantasy is the process of engagement with unconscious processes, from the depths of the mythic unconscious to the …

Episode 140 - Doubt: Facing Life’s Unknowns

December 3rd, 2020

1:03:11

Doubt disturbs us. Unlike the more defined polarities of ambivalence, doubt is pervasive, muddy, and ranges from crippling to constructive. We may …

Episode 139 - Visionary Imagination: Jung’s Private Journals

November 26th, 2020

53:26

We welcome Sonu Shamdasani, PhD, scholar and historian of depth psychology and Jung’s opus. His research and expertise were instrumental in bringing …

Episode 138 - Spider Parents: Finding Freedom from Dependence

November 19th, 2020

1:06:17

The spider is a symbol of generative and destructive capabilities. As creator, spider spins the sustaining web of life. As predator, spider’s sticky …

Episode 137 - QAnon: Ancient Lies & Sexual Slanders

November 12th, 2020

1:23:38

QAnon is a recent iteration of a historical pattern: Romans persecuted Christians, Christians libeled Jews, and citizenries hunted witches. When …

Episode 136 - REVIVING OUR CAPACITY TO FEEL: The Core of Jung’s Legacy

November 5th, 2020

2:30:07

Marie-Louise von Franz, Jung’s close collaborator, capped her public work in a 1986 lecture that summarized Jung’s signal contributions to …

Episode 135 - Horror: Why Can’t We Look Away?

October 29th, 2020

1:02:18

The hair on the back of our necks bristles in response to the horrors of the uncanny. Transfixed by shock, awe, dread and fascination, we can neither dare the dangerous darkness nor turn away. The mysteries of the …

Episode 134 - When Despair Prevails: Facing Suicidal Darkness

October 22nd, 2020

1:02:08

There are few more painful thoughts or frightening events than suicide, a phenomenon unique to the human species. Depression, rage, and powerlessness …

Episode 133 - Adaptation: Meeting Life’s Demands

October 15th, 2020

1:15:06

The world is the canvas on which we paint our lives. Through this lifelong work, we express personal vision, develop skills, and come to terms with the realities of our outer and inner worlds. The first major stage of …

Episode 132 - Neurosis: Befriending Our Broken Places

October 8th, 2020

1:07:18

Although neurosis is no longer a clinical diagnosis, it is often used to describe anxious attitudes and behaviors that are maladaptive to life situations. Neurosis often entails a capacity to function well despite …

Episode 131 - Curiosity: The Inner Engine of Change

October 1st, 2020

1:16:50

We celebrate curiosity’s role in discovery, and regret its potential for damage. Mature curiosity demands that we embrace the confusion, doubt and …

Episode 130 - Sacred Symptoms: How the Numinous Heals

September 24th, 2020

1:13:44

Jung states “the main interest of my work is not concerned with the treatment of neurosis but rather with the approach to the numinous…the real therapy. In as much as you attain to the numinous experiences you are …

Episode 129 - At Home in Our Bodies: Incarnation & Individuation

September 17th, 2020

1:18:44

Jung teaches that soul and spirit have a home in a living body, the font of psyche’s images and means of their incarnation in the world. Embodiment …

Episode 128: Intuition: Non-Rational Knowing

September 10th, 2020

1:13:56

We all have intuitive experiences, from an occasional hunch to powerful gut feelings. Unconscious intelligence is a storehouse of instincts and …

Episode 127 - Seeking Certainty: The Seduction of Conspiracy Theories

September 3rd, 2020

1:03:49

In times of uncertainty truth is hard to discern, collective cohesion frays, and social factions become embattled. Unmediated shadow then seeks …

Episode 126 - The Money Complex: Incarnating Our Dreams

August 27th, 2020

1:13:55

Money reflects our shadows and strengths as much as our bank accounts. Like Hermes, money traverses the realms from Hades to Heaven--money can be a matter of survival, and money can turn dreams into realities. Because …

Episode 125 - The Provisional Life: Redeeming the Real

August 20th, 2020

1:05:28

The provisional life might be defined as a vague malaise: current relationships, work, and lifestyle feel like placeholders until the ‘real thing’ …

Episode 124 - Pets: A Lived Relationship with Soul

August 13th, 2020

1:11:42

When far from life in the wild, relationships with animals are often through pets. We find kinship and difference in our friends of very foreign origin. Pets let us be tender, elicit nurturing, and help heal trauma …

Episode 123 - Every Hero’s Journey

August 6th, 2020

1:32:07

The hero’s journey has been the stuff of story from earliest times. Today’s popular heroes include Harry Potter, Frodo, Spiderman, Neo, and Luke …

Episode 122 - COVERED: An Archetypal Take on the COVID Mask

July 30th, 2020

58:53

Masks are the symbol of COVID life, and they have archetypal roots as old as humankind. We ward off evil microbial forces with bandanas, neck …

Episode 121 - Not Alone: Finding the Inner Companion

July 23rd, 2020

1:02:15

When you’re down, and in trouble, and you need some loving care...

You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, 

I’ll come running to see …

Episode 120 - Creativity: Drawing from the Inner Well

July 16th, 2020

1:09:53

The root of create, “to bring something into being out of nothing,” echoes divine creation. Ideas arise from mysterious sources, yet creativity is such an intrinsically human function that Jung considered it one of five …

Episode 119 - The Religious Attitude: What Do You Worship?

July 9th, 2020

53:33

The religious instinct is as basic as the need for food or shelter. Psyche seeks and selects a central, organizing life principle whether consciously …

Episode 118 - Dissociation: Encountering Our Inner Exile

July 2nd, 2020

52:36

Jung discovered the psyche’s dissociative nature through his Word Association Test. Subjects would delay or make nonsensical responses to ordinary …

Episode 117 - The Transcendent Function: Getting Unstuck

June 25th, 2020

1:03:38

The transcendent function comes in all sizes, from “aha” moments to epiphanies. A new orientation to a dilemma arrives unthought, recognized, and …

Episode 116 - Finding Resilience: A Conversation with Jim Hollis

June 18th, 2020

56:22

James Hollis, noted Jungian scholar, teacher and author, joined us to discuss resilience. His new book, Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal …

Episode 115 - We Can’t Breathe: Facing the Pain of Racism

June 11th, 2020

1:11:48

Racial injustice takes one’s breath away. It reaches back to the psychic asphyxiations of the Middle Passage, slavery, and Jim Crow—cut-offs from home, family, freedom and justice. Racism persists in systemic inequities …

Bonus Episode - On Becoming a Jungian Analyst

June 8th, 2020

45:05

Many listeners have expressed interest in Jungian analytic training. We welcome those inquiries and outline the prerequisites, practicalities and processes which lead up to and constitute Jungian analytic training--a …

Episode 114 - Riots: When the Collective Catches Fire

June 4th, 2020

1:02:14

How can we understand the psychological wild fire of rioting? Jung, who lived through two world wars, understood that mass movements had the power to …

Episode 113 - Lockdown: Decoding the Covid Complex

May 28th, 2020

1:02:07

Oppressed, repressed and regressed, the forced restrictions of the Covid Complex have us in its grip. We may see friends and family more often than …

Episode 112 - Midlife Crisis: Renewal or Stagnation

May 21st, 2020

1:04:08

Jung was particularly interested in the second half of life, perhaps because after his own midlife crisis he found himself so surprisingly …

Episode 111 - Jung, UFOs & Aliens: The Truth is Out There

May 14th, 2020

1:08:31

The Pentagon recently released a film of a UFO made by Navy pilots. Although such credible documentation is new, UFO sightings go back to ancient times and surged after World War II. 

 

Interstellar travel then seized …

Episode 110 - ZOOMing In: Is Psyche Alive Online?

May 7th, 2020

1:04:57

We have moved our lives online. But can we experience authentic human connection through virtual technology? Can we date, mourn, or have …

Episode 109 - Jung & Astrology: Cosmos & Character

April 30th, 2020

1:31:55

Astrology is a 4000-year-old discipline rooted in the mystery of man’s relationship to the universe. It is an archetypal frame for human experience …

Episode 108 - Authority: Who’s in Charge Around Here?

April 23rd, 2020

1:07:18

The dictionary defines authority as the power to “influence or command thought, opinion or behavior.” Authority’s Latin roots are master, leader, author—thus it lives next to its tough cousin, power. Families, …

Episode 107 - Nigredo: Finding Light in Our Darkness

April 16th, 2020

1:05:16

The alchemical term nigredo means black or blackening, and is associated with decomposition and putrefaction. As a psychological state, nigredo is …

Episode 106 - When Everything Changes: Is There Opportunity in Crisis?

April 9th, 2020

1:06:07

In the Chinese language, the two characters representing crisis are danger and opportunity. Can that possibly be true of these days of pandemic …

Episode 105 - Ancestors: Our Psychological Inheritance

April 2nd, 2020

1:03:45

The archetype of origins is in resurgence since the advent of ancestry-mapping programs. What are the psychological and symbolic meanings of …

Episode 104 - Therapist Disclosures: Withholding or Overloading?

March 26th, 2020

1:10:39

Should an analyst share personal information with clients? Freud believed that the analyst should be devoid of personal presence, so he sat unseen …

Episode 103 - Facing the Fear of Coronavirus: Finding a Grounding Attitude

March 19th, 2020

1:01:52

The word plague derives from the Latin plangere, “to strike the breast as if in lamentation.” The novel coronavirus has visited loss, fear and hardship on many. Nature in her destructive mode can radically disrupt …

Episode 102 - Destiny: Are We Fated to Have One?

March 12th, 2020

1:05:13

Questions about fate and destiny have existed for millennia. Fate often refers to unalterable realities, from genes to future events, whereas destiny points to future potential.

An acorn’s likely fate is to die on the …

Episode 101 - Pessimism: Was Eeyore Right?

March 5th, 2020

57:45

“Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.” For Eeyore, only perverse possibilities lie ahead, even if they are unknowable. Do gloomy …

Episode 100 - Outrageous! What Drives Shocking Behaviors?

February 27th, 2020

1:03:05

We can all cite examples of behaviors that defy reason and meaning. How can we understand X shouting those things at a party, or the bizarre thing Y filmed himself doing on YouTube? There is a great array of …

Episode 099 - Projection: When the Dart Lands

February 20th, 2020

55:08

The power of projections to hit psychic targets serves both defensive and integrative functions. Projections are a natural aspect of psychic functioning, as we know from watching children at play: we first see inner …

Episode 098 - Climate Change: How Can We Welcome Upsetting Truths?

February 13th, 2020

1:17:42

Recent severe environmental events have made facing climate change urgent. We talk with Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD, climate scientist, Jungian analyst, and …

Episode 097 - A Psychology of Redemption

February 6th, 2020

1:13:31

As we grow, unconscious unity becomes differentiated into feeling, ego, personality and desire. As we grow, we will have initiatory encounters with shadow, demanding the sacrifice of innocence and identification with …

Episode 096 - Polyamory: Navigating the Complexities of the Heart

January 30th, 2020

1:19:38

Polyamory, a current phenomenon, endorses open relationships with multiple lovers. The term means many loves, and polyamory strives to legitimize the …

Episode 095- TRIGGERED: Understanding & Transforming Complexes

January 23rd, 2020

1:07:09

When we speak of being triggered, what exactly is it that sends us into a familiar  arc of feeling and behavior we may later regret? That mysterious force seems external and can elude our ability to locate it within. …

Episode 094 - Finding Resilience as We Face New Disasters

January 16th, 2020

1:04:35

Although there have been a number of recent destructive environmental events, the duration and devastation of the fires in Australia have made a …

Episode 093 - Dynamics of Change & Renewal

January 9th, 2020

1:05:35

A new year often symbolizes a new beginning, with resolutions to make specific lifestyle changes related to self-improvement. Research indicates, …

Episode 092 - Trickster

January 2nd, 2020

51:52

The archetype of the trickster shows up in ambiguity, duplicity, contradiction and paradox. Usually depicted as masculine, trickster has been …

Episode 091 - Secrets

December 26th, 2019

57:47

Although a secret is usually considered information deliberately kept from others, we also keep secrets from ourselves. Internal secrets consist of emotionally laden knowledge that consciousness represses; the price of …

Episode 090 - Scrooge on the Couch: How the Numinous Transforms

December 19th, 2019

1:15:22

Something's going on in Scrooges soul...and it's tired of waiting for an invitation.

Charles Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol, vividly portrays …

Episode 089 - Sibling Complexes

December 12th, 2019

1:05:35

Siblings are embedded in the human psyche as they are in life. Even if one lacks siblings, there is ready access to them through friends, fairy …

Episode 088 - Partings & Farewells

December 5th, 2019

1:00:44

Partings connote a finality of farewell that signifies completion of a relationship. We may part from a stage of life, depart from home or college, …

Episode 087 - The Racial Complex with Dr. Fanny Brewster

November 28th, 2019

1:28:17

Dr. Fanny Brewster, Jungian Analyst, colleague and friend, joins This Jungian Life to discuss her forthcoming book, The Racial Complex: A Jungian …

Episode 086 - Splitting, Polarization & Conflict

November 21st, 2019

1:08:40

It happens all the time: people and problems split into opposing camps, whether the conflict is internal, between partners, in a family or—as we know …

Episode 085 - Healing the Negative Father Complex

November 14th, 2019

1:08:08

The archetype of the father is associated with gods, kingship, and other images of authority and order. As the image of a “personified affect” fueled …

Episode 084 - Anger

November 7th, 2019

1:16:04

Anger is a core human emotion. Newborns express instinctual cries of protest, and many a mythological god has wreaked archetypal havoc. Cultural …

Episode 083 - Ghostly Encounters

October 31st, 2019

1:07:24

People have reported experiences with ghosts from antiquity; Jung documented his encounters with mysterious sensed presences. How do we make meaning …

Episode 082 - Medicating Psyche

October 24th, 2019

1:11:36

The question of whether, when, and what psychoactive medications may be helpful is both big and ambiguous. Mental distress has always been strongly …

Episode 081 - Empathy

October 17th, 2019

1:07:23

Empathy, the ability to feel into the suffering of another, is an intrinsic part of being human. We have such a capacity to imagine others’ …

Episode 080 - When Therapy Ends

October 10th, 2019

1:13:04

A planned, collaborative termination is the ideal way to bring a depth-oriented therapeutic process to a close. The client may have resolved a …

Episode 079 - Grief & Bereavement

October 3rd, 2019

1:10:04

The death of a loved one is a loss that is part of the human condition and is universal. The Stranger -- mortality -- confronts us with a new need to accept the reality of our loss and pain, a process that can include …

Episode 078 - Infertility

September 26th, 2019

58:14

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Here’s a link to the flyer and since it’s by ‘invitation …

Episode 077 - Chronic Complaining

September 19th, 2019

1:07:18

Complaining is universal, perhaps, like gossiping, one of the first uses to which developed language was put. Overall, a complaint can refer to a …

Episode 076 - Animus & Anima

September 12th, 2019

1:10:21

Although these Jungian concepts have become familiar psychological terminology, they remain difficult to understand. According to Jung, animus and …

Episode 075 - Negative Mother Complex: When Our Painful Childhood Owns Us

September 5th, 2019

1:04:12

Healing a Negative Mother Complex

As the mother is the generator of life and usual primary attachment figure, the mother complex is universal. As the image of a “personified affect” fueled by an archetypal core, the …

Episode 074 - Borderline Personality Disorder

August 29th, 2019

1:03:48

While psychiatric diagnostic labels often reify the complexities of psychological dynamics, they can also orient us to the essential qualities of a …

Episode 073 - Procrastination

August 22nd, 2019

1:07:14

We all procrastinate. Tasks from making a doctor’s appointment to preparing taxes to doing the laundry invite us to put off until tomorrow what we can postpone today. We may distract ourselves by going online, doing …

Episode 072 - Puer – Puella: Trapped in the Inner Child

August 15th, 2019

1:07:43

If the passage into fullsome adulthood is avoided, a person can be trapped in the world of childhood. This protected realm is a nexus of potential, …

Episode 071 - Self Talk

August 8th, 2019

1:07:17

Although only some of us talk aloud to ourselves, all of us have inner voices, even if we are not aware of them. These autonomous parts of ourselves provide running commentary on how and what we are doing. Are our inner …

Episode 070 - Dating

August 1st, 2019

1:12:44

We define dating as the quest for serious partnership or ongoing companionship. Today’s dating world is radically different from that of even a generation ago, and is light years away from previous generations. Dating …

Episode 069 - Retirement

July 25th, 2019

1:01:13

The life transition we call retirement mandates a major readjustment in how time, energy and money are spent, whether retirement means becoming a “snowbird” or having a stepped-down lifestyle. Work has structured the …

Episode 068 - Chronic Illness

July 18th, 2019

1:06:07

Chronic illnesses affect many, creating diminishment of physical ability and energy for life activities. There can be loss of agency, loss of one’s expected future, and a sharpened awareness of loss of life. There is a …

Episode 067 - Early Abandonment

July 11th, 2019

1:08:10

Experiences of physical abandonment are depicted in stories old and new as ways of out-picturing traumas of early relational abandonment. Jung …

Episode 66 - Cults

July 4th, 2019

54:28

Although cults occasionally make the headlines through tragedy or scandal, the defining features of cults are inherently human and manifest on …

Episode 65 - Burnout

June 27th, 2019

1:09:59

Burnout is a relatively new term for job-related distress or an ongoing life situation that is unsatisfying, defeating, and creates a sense of …

Episode 64 - Voyages

June 20th, 2019

1:02:16

Although the word voyage connotes a sea journey, this episode considers a voyage to be an intentional trip of any kind. A voyage can range from a vacation in Vegas to a pilgrimage to a sacred site. Such journeys may be …

Episode 63 - Tears

June 13th, 2019

1:09:55

We all shed tears. We cry when we are sad, but also when we are glad, surprised by beauty, love, or touched by other deeply felt and uniquely human experiences. Tears, and our access to them, are part of what makes us …

Episode 62 - The Psychology of a Victim

June 6th, 2019

57:09

We can experience powerful feelings of empathy for those who are victims of trauma in all its heartbreaking dimensions. It is difficult even to …

Episode 61 - Individuation

May 30th, 2019

1:09:23

Individuation, the central concept of Jung’s psychology, is the foundational image and aspiration of Jungian psychoanalysis – and life. It is the …

Episode 60 - Psychological Dismemberment: Why We Can’t Stay Connected

May 23rd, 2019

59:31

Images of physical dismemberment are often used in fairy tales, dreams and art to depict psychological fragmentation, numbing and other forms of …

Episode 59 - Offense and Outrage

May 16th, 2019

1:07:06

Anything that disappears from your psychological inventory is apt to turn up in the guise of a hostile neighbor, who will inevitably arouse your …

Episode 58 - The Art & Practice of B*tchiness

May 9th, 2019

1:09:16

In this episode, the archetype of the bitch is explored using fairy tales, mythology, and popular culture to shed light on this colloquial, …

Episode 57 - Ambivalence

May 2nd, 2019

1:00:37

Having mixed feelings, or strongly opposing feelings is a normal occurrence in human life. We can find ourselves in a quandary about big decisions, upcoming life events, or experience being stuck without quite knowing …

Episode 56 - Persona

April 25th, 2019

1:01:30

This episode, inspired by the new album by the Korean band BTS, explains and amplifies the Jungian concept of the persona. Like the cornea of the eye, persona both shields us and makes opening up to the world possible. …

Episode 55 - Identifying & Integrating the Personal Shadow

April 18th, 2019

1:12:58

The personal shadow is created as a normal part of development, as we learn what behaviors, values and feelings are not acceptable in our family, …

Episode 54 - Chronic Lateness

April 11th, 2019

1:04:04

People who are chronically late create relational problems with others and generate negative consequences for themselves, from embarrassment and guilt to loss of friendships or jobs. Chronic lateness evidences a split …

Episode 53 - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

April 4th, 2019

1:04:42

One of the issues clients bring into the therapeutic consulting room is dissatisfaction with the state of their marriage or partnership. Although …

Episode 52 - Precognitive Dreams

March 28th, 2019

1:03:30

Listeners contributed examples of precognitive dreams for this episode. Lisa, Joseph, and Deb discuss theoretical concepts and listener dreams from various vantage points: the intuitive capacity of the unconscious, the …

Episode 51 - What is Your Therapist Thinking?

March 21st, 2019

1:04:36

Lisa, Joseph, and Deb explore and explain what the analytic process is like for them as they work with clients. Deb describes her interactions with …

Episode 50 - Shopping

March 14th, 2019

1:02:42

Everyone shops—we have access to an astonishing choice of products. Internet shopping has multiplied our range of options beyond what nearby retail …

Episode 49 - Dietary Over-regulation and the Pursuit of Purity

March 7th, 2019

58:49

Preoccupation and obsession with food–a condition called orthorexia--can take the form of the quest for health and purity, with rigid rules about …

Episode 48 - Estrangement

February 28th, 2019

1:05:01

Estrangement from members of one’s family and others takes place far more often than seems commonly acknowledged. Estrangement involves …

Episode 47 - Falling in Love with your Analyst

February 21st, 2019

1:06:05

As Jung well knew, eros – love – is an essential part of the analytic process. In Vol. 16 of his Collected Works Jung used alchemical images of a …

Episode 46 - Hiding

February 14th, 2019

1:04:35

Many a fairy tale features hiding as a strategic defense.  Jack, of beanstalk fame, hides from the giant in order to survive and discover his treasure. We often hide when we feel small and life events and people feel …

Episode 45 - The Wall

February 7th, 2019

49:49

With “The Wall” very much in the forefront of national discussion, Deb, Lisa and Joseph reflect on the archetype of walls. Some may be stonewalls simply marking boundaries between neighbors. Others may be massive …

Episode 44 - The Archetypal Power of Football

January 31st, 2019

1:09:51

Football is a uniquely American sport with millions of fans, heroic teams, and stadiums reminiscent of colosseums. As the Super Bowl approaches – …

Episode 43 - Heartbreak

January 24th, 2019

1:05:36

Heartbreak is more primal, more pervasive, and more related to one’s sense of self than sadness. Our hearts can break over the death of a dearly loved other, including a pet…and our hearts can break over the death of a …

Episode 42 - Over Apologizing

January 17th, 2019

1:00:51

What is “I’m sorry” as a habitual response really about? There’s the preemptive apology that is offered to forestall possible criticism, the apology …

Episode 41 - Regret

January 10th, 2019

57:57

Along with a our guest podcast Brazilian Jungian analyst Leticia Capriotti, we explored the psychological underpinnings of regret. We considered that …

Episode 40 - What's Unique about Jungian Analysis?

January 3rd, 2019

59:42

How is Jungian analysis different from other psychotherapies? What are its major components and distinguishing features? And what makes it effective? Lisa, Deb, and Joseph discuss Jungian analysis as a nonlinear process …

Episode 39 - Shrink Rap Radio

December 27th, 2018

1:17:32

This week we sat down with Dave from Shrink Rap Radio to discuss dream analysis. We hope you enjoy and happy holidays!

Episode 38 - Holiday Madness

December 20th, 2018

55:27

As the holiday season approaches, we examine the tidal pull of the ancient, archetypal power of the solstice season. Because of this underpinning, …

Episode 37 - Narcissism

December 13th, 2018

1:07:44

The myth of Narcissus constitutes the archetypal root of the character structure of narcissism. Aspects of narcissism run from the healthy developmental narcissism of a child to the toxic narcissism of the psychopath, …

Episode 36 - Adulting: Leaving the Parental Path

December 6th, 2018

1:01:45

What does it mean to separate from one’s parents and parental complexes—the attitudes and values that have been deeply instilled since infancy? How do we discern when we are in a parental complex, whether we are aligned …

Episode 35 - Loneliness

November 29th, 2018

1:14:13

Loneliness is a deeply human and universal experience. Lisa, Joseph and Deb examine it from multiple perspectives: as it may be experienced in young …

Episode 34 - The Scapegoat

November 22nd, 2018

1:13:21

The archetype of the scapegoat goes back to the ancient Hebrew ritual of using two goats to expiate the sins of the tribe. Sin, blame, and wrongness are also often attributed to others, and this practice – scapegoating …

Episode 33 - Archetypal Dynamics of Gender Transformation

November 15th, 2018

1:15:59

Lisa, Joseph, and Deb circumambulate the difficult issue of gender reassignment. They discuss the significance of teen girls wishing to transition …

Episode 32 - Slobs

November 8th, 2018

1:07:27

What happens when one is held captive by the mud of messiness? We try to understand sloppiness as a defense against overwhelming emotions, ongoing enmeshment in the primal maternal matrix, a regression to a younger and …

Episode 31 - Food Addiction

November 1st, 2018

1:09:11

Compulsive eating is a complicated psychological and biological problem. Food addiction can be a way of defending against unmet needs by displacing …

Episode 30 - Escaping Literalism

October 25th, 2018

1:01:33

We consider literalism as a normal state in childhood; children’s literalism can be funny and charming. We grow first into the ability to understand …

Episode 29 - ENVY & JEALOUSY: Hobgoblins in Relationships

October 18th, 2018

1:03:35

This podcast relates envy and jealousy to early developmental dynamics, with envy related to the dyad of mother-and-baby and jealousy arriving a bit later, when the child realizes that sometimes he is left out of his …

Episode 28 - Boredom

October 11th, 2018

55:07

Boredom is not depression or dissociation, sadness or loneliness…but what is it? We consider boredom from various perspectives: lack of access to one’s inner world, a relational deficit, a defense against unwanted …

Episode 27 - Dream Animals

October 4th, 2018

1:09:09

In this podcast, we focus on animals as symbols of instincts that have often been repressed in order to conform to cultural norms. When some aspect …

Episode 26 - Betrayal

September 27th, 2018

1:07:12

The experience of betrayal is painful, confusing, and damaging to one’s basic sense of self and reality. The betrayer is often seized by feelings …

Episode 25 - The Psychology of Divination: a depth approach

September 20th, 2018

56:15

Divinatory systems have been used for thousands of years as a source of help and direction to people wishing to resolve situations of personal …

Episode 24 - Motherhood as a Journey of Individuation

September 13th, 2018

54:37

The experience of motherhood evokes powerful feelings, ranging from joy and bonding to anger and rejection. If we can develop a conscious …

Episode 23 - Indecision

September 6th, 2018

49:33

Many people have difficulty making decisions, whether large or small. Among other factors, the psychology behind the fear of making a decision can be …

Episode 22 - Pressure to Conform and Differentiation

August 30th, 2018

52:59

The pressure to conform to familial and cultural values provides guidelines for each new generation – and can also stifle the uniqueness necessary …

Episode 21 -- Living with a Crazy Parent

August 23rd, 2018

55:06

Living with a parent who is seriously impaired can be traumatic and have lasting consequences. Fortunately, resources for healing and resilience are also available, and premature encounters with shadow can be a call to …

Episode 20 -- Mother-in-Law

August 16th, 2018

55:49

The mother-in-law is not only the subject of many a joke but the subject of fairy tale and myth. Conflict between the older and younger woman lies in …

Episode 19 -- Sin and Transgression

August 9th, 2018

37:12

In archery, sin refers to missing the mark, whereas transgression involves violation of a cultural boundary. But missing the mark or crossing a line …

Episode 18 -- Creative Depression

August 2nd, 2018

38:57

Creative depression demands that we suffer a journey into the deep wells of the psyche in quest of new life. It differs from other kinds of depression in how it is imaged in dreams, its antecedents in the person’s life …

Episode 17 -- Lying

July 26th, 2018

45:51

Lying, hiding and sneaking are examples of trickster behavior, discussed as they occur in political and personal spheres. When is this behavior in …

Episode 16 -- The Archetype of the Gun

July 19th, 2018

41:42

As three analysts, we explore the archetype of “the gun” from a Jungian psychological view and seek to understand it’s influence in the collective …

Episode 15 -- Toxic Masculinity

July 12th, 2018

38:43

How can we understand the superficial label assigned to masculine behavior in today’s meme-driven style of discourse?

The Dream:

I am walking on what …

Episode 14 -- Dreams

July 5th, 2018

40:27

Jung was one of the primary theorists who added to our understanding of the psychological significance of dreams, and working with dreams is often a …

Episode 13 -- Active Imagination

June 28th, 2018

38:52
Jung pioneered the technique of active imagination, a process by which the ego engages with imagery and content generated by the unconscious. Active imagination can help us understand our dreams, and lead us into new …

Episode 12 -- Anxiety

June 21st, 2018

37:01

“We don't so much solve our problems as we outgrow them. We add capacities and experiences that eventually make us bigger than the problems.”

CG Jung

Episode 11 -- Fairy Tales

June 14th, 2018

37:59
Why do Jungians care about fairy tales? What is their relevance in analysis? How do they differ from myths, and why do they matter to us still? Find out what fairy tales have mattered most to our clients, and why Lisa …

Episode 10 -- Synchronicity

June 7th, 2018

31:24

Synchronicity is one of Jung's most intriguing ideas -- and one of the most difficult to understand. Jung coined the term to refer to coincidences …

Episode 9 -- Vampires

May 31st, 2018

29:34
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight, True Blood. Vampires are perennial stars in popular entertainment. How can we understand vampires …

Episode 8 -- Choosing a Life Partner

May 24th, 2018

39:26
Sex? Money? Passion? Intellectual companionship? Kids? What are factors to consider when choosing a life partner? Should you be practical, or follow …

Episode 7 -- Hearing Voices

May 17th, 2018

36:18

The standard psychiatric understanding of auditory hallucinations is that they are a symptom of serious mental illness, and ought to be treated with …

Episode 6 -- Alcoholism

May 10th, 2018

35:24

Is alcohol dependence a misplaced expression of a spiritual thirst, or a collapse into a regressed and infantile state? We discuss Jung's involvement …

Episode 5 -- Shame

May 3rd, 2018

33:11

What’s the difference between shaming, being ashamed, and being shamed? Which of these is most alive in the culture right now? Why do we feel …

Episode 4 -- Emotional Affairs

April 19th, 2018

46:56

We take a look at emotional affairs and imaginal affairs. Both are more common than you might think and can lead us into an experience of our own depths.

The Dream:

I was with my eldest child and my husband. We were in …

Episode 3 -- The Shape of Water

April 19th, 2018

38:54

The Shape of Water recently won the Academy Award for best film, captivating audiences with its dream-like images of an other-worldly love. What can …

Episode 2 -- Hookups

April 19th, 2018

35:51

Are hookups a joyous celebration of unbridled sexual expression? A defense against intimacy? All of the above?

The Dream:

I am at a family reunion. I see two women on the sofa at each end. They are identical twins. I am …

Episode 1 -- Shithole

April 18th, 2018

35:39

We discuss the symbolic meaning of shit, and shithole, and wonder about shadow projection.  What does Trump’s use of this term have to tell us about …

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