Tag Archive: Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic

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…

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…

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…

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.

Facing Multiplicity 2010 IAAP Congress in Montreal

The 2010 Congress of the IAAP began yesterday. The conference title is FACING MULTIPLICITY and there are topics of wide interest. If you are not familiar with the IAAP a visit to the website is recommended.

The Mythopoetic Path – A Road Less Traveled

There is an age old battle between the rational and irrational, the logical view versus an artistic or symbolic one. Jung talks of a “Mythopoetic Imagination,” which he saw as severely lacking in our modern culture.  It is what often engages us on  the Jungian path, which stands in stark contrast to our daily &…

Betrayal: A Way to Wisdom? -by Murray Stein

Betrayal is a hard topic to look at and hold onto for any length of time.  It engenders some  of our most intense emotions.  In this week’s blog, Murray Stein dives into the Christian Scripture and how it deals with betrayal in the Book of Job and the Gospel story.  The following is an excerpt…

Jung’s Shattering Midlife Crisis: A Man’s Plunge into “The Way.”

Jung’s escalating conflict with Freud drives him to the conclusion that his life is dramatically off course and needs imminent change.   In 1913 Jung drops most all of his professional positions and prestige and enters a dark encounter with his soul. Watch this 8 minute video where Dr. Stein describes Jung’s wrestling with his…

Remembering, Repeating, and Working-Through: Working with the Shadow

Freud proposed in an essay that psychoanalytic technique had evolved from earlier efforts using hypnosis. This essay can be adapted to provide some guidance about working with the Shadow. How is Shadow addressed in Jungian analysis? What serves the function of moving a person from projecting to recovering their projections and finally arriving at integration?