Questions about fate and destiny have existed for millennia. Fate often refers to unalterable realities, from genes to future events, whereas destiny points to future potential.
“Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.” For Eeyore, only perverse possibilities lie ahead, even if they are unknowable. Do gloomy expectations create self-fulfilling prophecies? Or are pessimists more realistic than naive optimists like Winnie the Pooh? Pessimism can be associated with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and more. It may also motivate preparation and striving, especially if the pessimist believes he or she can overcome significant obstacles and succeed.
Along with our guest podcaster Brazilian Jungian analyst Leticia Capriotti, we explore the psychological underpinnings of regret. We consider that sometimes regret can arise as a result of self-betrayal. We link it to the unlived life that can haunt us and demand our attention. At times, this unlived life may reach into the ancestral past, […]
David Van Nuys of the venerable psychology podcast Shrink Rap Radio was kind enough to have us on his show. He interviewed us about the podcast, and we had fun discussing dreams that had been sent to us by Shrink Rap Radio listeners. Thank you, Dave! Subscribe in: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | PlayerFM | TuneIn Here are the dreams we discuss: […]
As the holiday season approaches, we examine the tidal pull of the ancient, archetypal power of the solstice season. Because of this underpinning, together with the power of family narratives, roles, and complexes, the holidays can be fraught with intense feeling, from hope to regression to disappointment. We discuss ways to manage feelings, intention, and […]
The archetype of the scapegoat goes back to the ancient Hebrew ritual of using two goats to expiate the sins of the tribe. Once blamed for the wrongdoings and misfortunes of the community, the goats were driven out into the desert carrying the evil with them thus restoring a state of purity to the tribal members. […]