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IDENTITY CRISIS: When Our Story Falls Apart

IDENTITY CRISIS: When Our Story Falls Apart

Narrative identity is an evolving story that individuals create to make sense of their lives. This story integrates past experiences, present realities, and future aspirations into a coherent whole. It provides a sense of continuity and purpose, helping individuals understand who they are. When this narrative is disrupted, it can lead to crisis.

Six Swans Jungian Analysis: Transforming Fear into Joy

Six Swans Jungian Analysis: Transforming Fear into Joy

Exploring the Brothers Grimm fairytale “The Six Swans” through a Jungian lens, we uncover insights into transformation, resilience, and the complexities of human emotion. This “Six Swans Jungian Analysis” explores how this narrative offers deep psychological understanding and personal growth. The characters’ journey, particularly the sister, is rich with insights into endurance and the transformative power of love and sacrifice.

Two Red Books: The Shared Imaginal Realms of Jung and Tolkien

Two Red Books: The Shared Imaginal Realms of Jung and Tolkien

n exploring the shared imaginal realms of Jung and Tolkien, author Becca Tarnas delves into a profound intersection of depth psychology and mythopoeic literature. Their writings transcend ordinary understanding, delving into the collective and personal unconscious. These narratives bridge individual experiences with universal myths, allowing readers and scholars to explore complex psychological landscapes. They function as metaphorical journeys illuminating human nature and the archetype’s role. Their explorations offer insights into how myths shape and reflect the collective human psyche.

Encounters with Light: Jung’s near-death experiences

Encounters with Light: Jung’s near-death experiences

Carl Jung’s near-death experience (NDE) during a heart attack profoundly influenced his psychological theories and personal philosophy. While unconscious, Jung perceived himself leaving his body and observing Earth from afar, enveloped in a glorious blue light. He encountered a temple-like structure within a meteoric stone and a mystical figure, experiences that resonated with his concepts of the collective unconscious and archetypal imagery. This transformative journey intensified his understanding of the psyche’s connection to universal consciousness and solidified his belief in life beyond physical existence. Upon reluctantly returning to his body, Jung felt constrained by the material world, reinforcing his dedication to exploring the depths of the human spirit and the continuity of consciousness after death. This profound experience deeply enriched his work and theories, leaving a lasting impact on both his professional contributions and personal worldview.

MARTYR COMPLEX: Selfish or Selfless?

MARTYR COMPLEX: Selfish or Selfless?

Control and manipulation are expected, with sufferers using their pain to influence others, making personal suffering a tool for interpersonal dynamics. This manipulation can maintain relationships or elicit specific behaviors, serving multiple purposes.

ECLIPSE: archetype of awe, wonder, and triumph

ECLIPSE: archetype of awe, wonder, and triumph

Solar eclipses captivate and draw us into their path, awakening a sense of awe and existential insight. They remind us of nature’s immense power and the transience of our existence. During eclipses, animals and plants exhibit strange behavior, and our fascination with astrology and celestial influences reflects a universal curiosity to understand the mysteries of the universe and our place in it.

Kate Berlant: Art, Psych, and the Collective Unconscious in new movie DREAM SCENARIO

Kate Berlant: Art, Psych, and the Collective Unconscious in new movie DREAM SCENARIO

“Dream Scenario” is a thought-provoking new film that explores the uncanny power of the collective unconscious to shape culture and be shaped by it. In the movie, Nicholas Cage’s character Paul mysteriously starts appearing in others’ dreams across the globe. He grapples with the fear of being randomly celebrated by the collective and later demonized. Kate Berlant’s role in the film and insights into Jungian analysis and dream interpretation launch our conversation into the growing presence of Jung’s insights in art and film. We explore the effect of instant and unwarranted celebrity through social media and the power of archetypal roles to change the actor and activate the collective. Kate reveals her personal connection to analytical psychology and the path her inner work has taken her. 

Why We Make Others Feel Bad: understanding projective identification

Why We Make Others Feel Bad: understanding projective identification

Projective identification, first highlighted by Melanie Klein through observations of infant-mother interactions, is a cornerstone of psychoanalytic theory. It describes the process where an individual unconsciously projects disowned feelings, desires, or self-aspects onto another, manipulating the relational context to evoke these projected feelings or behaviors in the other, thus creating a validating feedback loop.