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Episode 21 – Living with a Crazy Parent

Aug 23, 2018

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 consciousness and yield gifts of effective and creative depth.

In the episode, we mention the book The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit by Donald Kalsched.

Here’s the dream we analyze: “My bandmate and I are in an underground burial chamber which is dimly lit by torches. At some point, we come across a large tomb/coffin. The coffin was black and was decorated with a golden “stick figure” men with very large, erect penises. They looked a lot like prehistoric cave drawings of people. There was a smaller coffin inserted into the top of the larger, which could be removed and slid back. My bandmate removes the smaller coffin and opens the lid; inside is the rotting, decaying body of an infant girl. It’s at this point in the dream I remember feeling particularly unsettled. At that point, both of us knew we were supposed to be the two-wheeling this coffin out of wherever we were. We were supposed to be the funerary procession.”

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8 Comments

  1. Donna Hayes

    I so enjoy listening, thank you. Hope to submit a dream soon.

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    • Joseph23455

      Thank you so much Donna. We deeply appreciate your support.

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  2. Richard Donovan

    Really enjoy your podcasts. I’m a semi retired clinician.
    It is refreshing to hear your thoughtful reflections. As you know, in too many staffings today the emphasis is more about how the meds are working. Sad.

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    • Joseph23455

      Thank you so much Richard. We’ve also sat in on our share of staffings before we became analysts – oye!

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  3. charlotte hastings

    Thank you so much for the podcast – every time I go to listen, I seem to hear just what I need. The topics covered have contributed to my healing, understanding and to re-engaging with Jungian therapy – a good friend initiated me into your work and I love her even more for it! Thank you again, it’s great work which I am happily sharing around too!

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    • Joseph23455

      Thank you Charlotte! It warms our hearts to hear from you.
      Lisa, Deb & Joe

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  4. Rhonda G Williford

    On the issue of “impairment in the functioning of their life,” what about the disruptive influence they may have on others’ lives”? — even if by external standards their life may seem to be “successful.” For example, a “successful” profession who treats his subordinates abusively — and all too often gets away with it. As someone who has studied workplace abuse for years (retired labor lawyer), this scenario is not that unusual. Second-hand “dysfunction,” but nonetheless very real. Thank you!

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  5. Trevor Ford

    Hi – the episode refers to show notes, but I cannot find them! Where may I access the show notes for podcasts? Thank you!

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