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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The standard psychiatric understanding of auditory hallucinations is that they are a symptom of serious mental illness, and ought to be treated with antipsychotic medication, but could there other ways of understanding this phenomenon? Can such symptoms ever have meaning in their own right? We explore whether voices could sometimes be the psyche’s attempt to […]

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Is alcohol dependence a misplaced expression of a spiritual thirst, or a collapse into a regressed and infantile state? We discuss Jung’s involvement in the establishment of Alcoholics Anonymous. Jung’s letter to Bill W. http://traffic.libsyn.com/thisjungianlife/TJL_005Alcoholism.mp3 Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I’m accused of something I’m guilty of: loving the pharaoh’s daughter as […]

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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 existential shame, and how can it be healed? http://traffic.libsyn.com/thisjungianlife/TJL_004Shame.mp3 Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I was on one side of the Grand Canyon with my graduate school […]

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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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/thisjungianlife/TJL_003EmotionalAffairs.mp3 Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I was with my eldest child and my husband. We were in my old hometown. I suddenly […]

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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 a psychological perspective contribute to understanding this film? http://traffic.libsyn.com/thisjungianlife/TJL_017heShapeOfWater.mp3 Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I was in a large, dark room. About twenty feet away was a door […]

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Are hookups a joyous celebration of unbridled sexual expression? A defense against intimacy? All of the above? Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here’s the dream we analyze: “I am at a family reunion. I see two women on the sofa at each end. They are identical twins. I […]

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