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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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 psyche of Americans. Guns play a big role in American mythology from the American Revolution to cowboys and first-person shooter games. Guns are symbols of heroic power—but mythology also sounds a […]

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How can we understand the superficial label assigned to masculine behavior in today’s meme-driven style of discourse?   Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I am walking on what seems to be mountainous hills. A little ahead of me is what feels like my teenage daughter and a friend. It’s kind of like […]

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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 central part of an analytic process. What is the Jungian understanding of why we dream? What does it mean if we don’t dream, and what are some ways of learning […]

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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 psychic situations. On today’s episode, we share some personal examples of active imagination, discuss some suggestions of how to engage […]

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“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 Anxiety is one of the most common complaints that bring people into therapy. While it can be difficult to differentiate anxiety from healthy fear we all agree that finding […]

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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 gets cranky when people criticize fairy tales for being sexist. Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s […]

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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 that feel charged with emotion and meaning. How did Jung come to speculate on the nature of such events, and what role did theoretical physics play in shaping this theory? […]

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight, True Blood. Vampires are perennial stars in popular entertainment. How can we understand vampires psychologically, and what does their tremendous popularity tell us about our culture? This week, we look at the transformation of the vampire archetype, explore how vampires live in all of us psychologically, and trace the return […]

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Sex? Money? Passion? Intellectual companionship? Kids? What are factors to consider when choosing a life partner? Should you be practical, or follow your heart? How is this decision different for men versus for women? We offer some ideas. Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I was in my parents’ house. My mother was […]

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