June 22, 2016 Pearson Blog: Hillary’s Archetypal Challenges—And Ours

By Carol S. Pearson Hillary Clinton has major archetypal advantages and faces equally major challenges, similar to ones we all confront in figuring out how to link our strengths with the needs of a time and place. I’m sharing this analysis of her archetypes as a model for what any of us can do to […]

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June 6, 2016 Pearson Blog: The American Trickster & Our National Conversation

By Carol S. Pearson When problems seem overwhelming, the Trickster archetype often is called for. I’ve long been fascinated by its potential for liberation or con artistry. In fact, my doctoral dissertation looked at Trickster figures in books like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Catch-22, and Invisible Man. Dionysus, in my new book, Persephone […]

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May 30, 2016 Adson Blog: Archetypes in Every Day Life

By Patricia R. Adson, PPC, Ph.D. As a long-time student and colleague of Carol S. Pearson, it has been my mission (and my great joy) to further the application of her hero’s journey twelve archetype model to the fields of psychotherapy and coaching. To that end, I have written two books based on my experience […]

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May 17, 2016 Hobbs Blog: Persephone! Let Down Your Hair!

By Priscilla Hobbs Here’s the story: An older person lusts for a young girl, so abducts her to be the sole possessor of her beauty. The girl is hidden away, and her mother is filled with profound sadness; she struggles to function while mourning her lost daughter. With the aid of a hermetic figure, the […]

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May 10, 2016 Koehler Blog: The Heart of the Underworld: Heroes, Villains, or Both?

By Dori Koehler In a blog I posted on my own site, “Fairy Tales and Disney: Do We Still Believe?,” I discussed ABC’s hit show Once Upon A Time, examining whether or not fairy tales remain relevant in our culture, and specifically pointing out how Once Upon A Time is relevant because it navigates questions […]

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May 2 Pearson Blog: Success Rules in Flux: Evidence from a Confounding Political Year

By Carol S. Pearson I’m visiting with friends and one of them asks, “What is going on? Is this America? On one side, we have a candidate for president of the United States whose fans love him for saying racist and misogynistic things, for wanting to round up a minority religious group, and who says […]

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April 18, 2016 Adson Blog: ARCHETYPES IN EVERYDAY LIFE

By Patricia R. Adson, PPC, Ph.D. As a long-time student and colleague of Carol S. Pearson, it has been my mission (and my great joy) to further the application of her hero’s journey twelve archetype model to the fields of psychotherapy and coaching. To that end, I have written two books based on my experience […]

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April 11, 2016 Koehler Blog: The Alchemy of Claire and Jamie: The Sacred Marriage in Outlander’s “The Reckoning.”

By Dori Koehler Approximately ten years ago now, Bruce and I were sitting at dinner with our friends/neighbors and their friends from Australia. Our neighbors are way too much fun. Though they have lived in Santa Barbara for at least forty years, Kathleen was born in Australia and Eric was born in Scotland, which means […]

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April 4, 2016 Pearson Blog: Awakening Spring Within

By Carol S. Pearson “The calendar can’t tell you when the first day of spring is—your heart does,” says Alexandra Stoddard.[1] Of course, externally, spring is a natural event starting at the Vernal Equinox and ending at the Summer Solstice. As a season, it is marked by warmer weather, a period that from very ancient […]

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March 3, 2016 Pearson Blog: Narrative Strategies for Thinking Different and Better

By Carol S. Pearson I’ve been reading the gospels and thinking about Jesus’s teaching to “judge not that you be not judged” in the context of depth psychological teachings about withdrawing the projections that make us see others in the light of our own stories, rather than as they are. Many have warned of the […]

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