Tag Archive: archetype

Of Broken Vessels, Art, and Repair

Of Broken Vessels, Art, and Repair Len Cruz, MD, ME “The more I am spent, ill, a broken pitcher, by so much more am I an artist.”      – Vincent van Gogh On Saturday July 27, 2013 from 12:00-2:00 PM the Asheville Jung Center will be presenting a conference titled, Art and Psyche: A  Jungian Exploration  with Murray Stein, Linda…

Lifting the Veil: A Book Review

LIFTING THE VEIL Paperback: 160 pages Publisher: Fisher King Press; First edition (June 1, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1926715756     Lifting the Veil is an ambitious effort to describe “how cultural wounds and archetypal defenses of the group spirit, be they Middle East or of the Western powers, add to the spirit of the age…

A Woman Shall Lead Them: The Feminine in “A Dangerous Method”

Jung and Spielrein

And a Woman Shall Lead Them The Feminine in A Dangerous Method By Len Cruz, MD A Dangerous Method is one of the best psychological film portrayals of the feminine I have seen in a very long time.  Knowing many of the historical elements that director David Cronenberg smoothly wove together in a 95 minute…

“Stone” – A Film Analysis

The movie “Stone” directed by John Curran, dropped like one from the theater marquees before you anyone knew it and so when I ask anyone of they have seen the film, the answer is “Oh yea! What happened to that one? I saw the trailer and that was it.”  So “Stone” will be remembered for…

The Alchemy of the Black Swan: Nina’s Magnum Opus

Len’s posting last week about the film the Black Swan addresses not only an aspect of the protagonist’s nature, the pursuit of perfection, but it also reflect’s our society’s addiction to perfection. We not only want perfection, we want a shortcut to get there. Over the last few months postings on this blog regarding the…

Black Swan and Being a “Good Enough Therapist”

On August 26, 2011 the Asheville Jung Center will host a conference on the Black Swan. Don’t miss the conference or an excellent film review in Spring: : A Journal of Archetype and Culture.

Eating “The Book of Symbols”

The Asheville Jung Center would like to thank Thomas Singer, M.D. for allowing us to republish his captivating review of The Book of Symbols in our blog. (Thomas Singer, M.D. is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst with particular interests in contemporary political and social movements. He has written and/or edited several books including the newly…

Obama’s presidency and International Cultural Complexes

Thomas Singer recently gave an enlightening 2 hour seminar out of Sonoma, California, on the idea of how unconscious forces affect cultures and nations as they engage on various levels.  One of his main concepts is that of a “Cultural Complex,” a charged unconscious archetype that grips entire nations without our awareness.  Part of what…

The Female Trickster: A Postmodern, Post-Jungian, Feminist Perspective on a New Archetype

When a new, feminist voice appears on the scene, it deserves to be acknowledged. Tannen’s is a new voice. Listen to some phrases from her book. “Tricksters preside over moments of passage, rupture and transformation”. This is surely not a new idea. But the female trickster embodies “psychological authority, physical agency, and bodily autonomy”. That is a revolutionary idea.

The books scholarship is broad and imposing enough to justify owning it. Tannen has published in areas of feminist legal theory and has an appreciation for how patriarchal structures can subjugate the feminine. But the book is not a political rant nor a stridently feminist treatise. It is however, a well crafted, timely offering to study of archetypal psychology.

President Obama: A Case Study of Opposites, Transcendence, & Mysterium Conjunctionis

NEWSWEEK’s cover, just days before the conference Symbols and Individuation in Global Politics is a bit of synchronicity. In this cover, the opposing polarities regarding how President Obama has been characterized are employed to snag the reader’s attention. The upcoming conference “Symbols and Individuation in Global Politics: The Case of Barack Obama” features renowned discussants who are exploring Global Politics and the current president of the United States