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 that demand gratification and involve self-deceit, abandonment of responsibility and empathy for the other. Are there ever times when betrayal is necessary for growth, either as the betrayed or the betrayer? […]

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The experience of motherhood evokes powerful feelings, ranging from joy and bonding to anger and rejection. If we can develop a conscious relationship with these feelings, we meet both denied aspects of ourselves—our shadows—and experience the pleasures and enrichment of mothering that serve the individuation process. You can find out more about Lisa’s work on […]

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Many people have difficulty making decisions, whether large or small. Among other factors, the psychology behind the fear of making a decision can be related to fear of making a mistake, lack of motivation, suppressed anger and aggression, and difficulty accepting the limitations and ordinariness of adulthood. We reference the work of Jungian analyst James […]

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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 […]

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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 the archetypal realm, as they struggle to come to terms with differences, age, and the power of both youth and age. Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream […]

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In archery, sin refers to missing the mark, whereas transgression involves violation of a cultural boundary. But missing the mark or crossing a line can have positive effects as well as negative consequences. Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I am outside, in the yard of an old, but well-maintained house. The house […]

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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 history, and in relationships. Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I was gardening […]

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Lying, hiding and sneaking are examples of trickster behavior, discussed as they occur in political and personal spheres. When is this behavior in service to individuation, and when is it in service to regressive, or unconscious, aspects of the psyche?  Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I had a dream a couple of […]

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