April 23, 2018 Pearson Blog: Are You a Warrior? And If So, What Kind?

By Carol S. Pearson Warriors generally are associated with two kinds of courage: (1) the ability to fight to protect themselves and (2) setting goals and developing the strength and skills to accomplish them. If we do not have enough access to the Warrior archetype, we may let other people push us around, lack direction, […]

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Seeing Red Certificate Course Module II: Demeter and Persephone

It’s HERE! This online course hosted by The Assisi Institute is designed to foster a community of soul and scholarship. I am thrilled to be in community with these talented scholars. I am especially thankful to Loralee Scott-Conforti for the opportunity to discuss this topic. Please be aware that there are some difficulties with sound, including a […]

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February 26th, 2018 Pearson Blog: Archetypal Remedies for #MeToo and #TimesUp: How Not to Be Part of the Problem

By Carol S. Pearson  Gender roles are in flux in a good way, so that we all have access to archetypes related to human attributes that have been divided up by traditional sex roles. Psychologists believed for much of the 20th century that mental health required fidelity to traditional sex roles, which often, when viewed […]

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February 9, 2018 Pearson Blog: Ghosts, Zombies, Vampires, and the Apocalypse: What Are They Warning Us About?

By Carol S. Pearson The most profitable film genre in America today offers horror, as does television: These include narratives about the apocalypse, ghosts, zombies, and vampires. Why do we like them, and what are they telling us? Given nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and climate change, it is no surprise that people are drawn to movies […]

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January 29th, 2018 Raffa Blog: The Shape of Water: The Shape of Change?

By Jean Raffa Filmgoers may have laughingly dismissed Godzilla, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon in the 1950s, but nobody laughs at the real-life monsters we see on television every day in the form of terrorists, genocidal dictators, and political leaders who incite divisiveness and spout nuclear threats. We […]

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January 23, 2018 Culpepper Blog: Projective Drawing and the PMAI®: Helping Autistic Students Gain Greater Self-Knowledge

By Katherine Culpepper I am a marriage and family counselor, a school counselor in an inner city high school, and a counselor in a relatively new program (four years) designed for students on the autism spectrum who seek vocational training after they graduate from high school. (This is a school department initiative to help these […]

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January 15, 2018 Pearson Blog: Why Do People Think Such Nutty Things, and How Can We Talk With Them Anyway?

By Carol S. Pearson Fights over conflicting viewpoints, including those between young adults and their parents, are common in life. Now, in the U.S. and elsewhere, the political opinions of different groups have begun to ossify, so that it is difficult for citizens to hear one another or have civil discussions about areas of disagreement. […]

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November 13, 2017 Sells Blog: Sabina Spielrein: The Woman and the Myth

By Angela Sells i am accused of tending to the past as if I made it, as if I sculpted it with my own hands, I did not. this past was waiting for me when I came, a monstrous unnamed baby, and I with my mother’s itch took it to breast and named it History. […]

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October 30, 2017 Koehler Blog: Mythologizing Mickey Mouse, or How I Came to Interpret Disneyland as a Temple

By Dori Koehler All Disneyland really is, you see, is a projection outward of the phenomenology of the imagination. And, if they can’t go into their own imaginations, they might just as well go into Walt Disney’s and he’ll help them. And that’s what religions have done all the time. —Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss, […]

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September 11, 2017 Melander Blog: See-Through Isn’t Just For Lingerie: How To See Into Essence

By Leigh Melander “I see, said the blind man, and he picked up his hammer and saw.” For most of us, vision drives our experience of the world. When we are awake, we see. Even our blinking doesn’t interfere with our seeing; most of the time we are unaware of the movement of our eyelids. […]

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