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I’ve just published a little eBooklet!
As a psychotherapist, teacher, writer and clinical supervisor for the past twenty-five years, Martha Crawford LCSW has sought to make the sometimes esoteric writings of C. G Jung accessible and practical for her clients, other therapists and laypeople. This eBook collection of nine teaching essays – drawn and edited from The What a Shrink Thinks Seminar subscription series – explores Jungian ideas such as: archetype, the collective unconscious, active imagination and the relationship between myth and dreaming in ways that are both approachable and applicable to daily life.
(Please note that if you are already a Seminar subscriber, you have online access to almost all of this eBook content as part of your current subscription)
I recently had the chance to speak with Jeremy Hobson on WBUR’s Here and Now, broadcast on NPR.
We spoke about public failure, censure and shaming and our collective challenges moving through the processes of healthy guilt.
If you would like to listen or read more please click here.
Two new chapters are available from the 45 Dreams Project:
“The purpose of this chapter is not to diagnose, but to examine the themes of grandiosity and inflation – as demonstrated by approximately twenty-three dreams in this collection- which are focused on the current president as a titular manifestation of our national hubris…”
“Nature corrects our course and sets limits on our accomplishments and our failures just as the sea and atmosphere and the sun do. If our conscious ego becomes expanded and moves toward inflated imbalance, the pendulum of the unconscious swings toward deflation and humiliation. This chapter examines the themes that emerge in approximately fifty-seven dreams of humiliation and debasement.”
For those who would like to start at the beginning:
As far back as 1918 I published a paper in which I called the attention of my contemporaries to astounding development in the German edition of the collective unconscious. I had caught hold of certain collective dreams of Germans which convinced me that they portrayed the beginning of a national regression analogous to the regression of a frightened and helpless individual, becoming first infantile and then primitive or archaic. I saw Nietzsche’s “blond beast” looming up with all that it implies” ~ C.G. Jung, Psychology and National Problems, CW, loc 250564
I will be posting one chapter each month at 45dreamsproject.com which you may follow directly and I will post occasional updates here at What a Shrink Thinks as well.
“Let’s listen in and see if we can hear the wisdom of the collective unconscious… “
Sharing an essay I wrote for the First Person series at Vox:
White people are doing a lot of soul-searching these days.
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who recently admitted to wearing blackface in a Michael Jackson impersonation competition, just announced that he’s going on a “listening tour” to learn about racism. Actor Liam Neeson admitted to wanting to commit a racist murder in his youth, saying, “It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that.”
I’ve been thinking about the complexities around confession and forgiveness. As a psychotherapist for 25 years who has worked immersed in issues of race and racism, I believe it is important for white people to find spaces where we can name our past racist failures and identify the ways we have been both contaminated by racist systems and have perpetrated racist acts.
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