Carol Pearson, Author, Academic, Archetypal Scholar


In many indigenous traditions, a person seeking answers to questions would approach a medicine manor woman sitting by the fire and ask what they should do to resolve their dilemma. He or she classically would respond to this request by saying, “Let me tell you a story.” Moms, dads, mentors, and friends can do this, too…. In new situations, often what is needed is a new story that can help supply a map for the new journey and a toehold when that journey feels like climbing up a steep and dangerous mountain.
  — Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within

What Stories are You Living?

What Stories Are You Living? guides you through the journey of discovering and understanding the archetypes active in your life. These universal themes may be invisible to you now but through this book you will learn how they inspire the behaviors and relationships that drive your life story. As you become conscious of your archetypal potential, you can cultivate the hero or heroine within you by living your stories consciously, in your own unique way. This book provides a roadmap for achieving deeper self-understanding, and includes clear steps for reshaping your life stories, awakening your authenticity, and finding meaning, direction, and purpose. 

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“Dr. Pearson’s book will introduce the rich archetypal journey of Jungian individuation to the novice and deepen the competency of the advanced reader to use Jungian archetypes for awareness and evolution towards one’s highest self.” 
–  Naomi Quenk, PhD, clinical psychologist, MBTI® expert and researcher, and author of BesideOurselves: Our Hidden Personality in Everyday Life and In the Grip: Our Hidden Personality 
“Pearson’s wise book helps each reader address the question, ‘What is the story of me?’ Recognizing and telling one’s life story is developing the narrative intelligence (NQ) that enriches one’s capacity to recognize story patterns in ourselves and in the world.Suspend judgment and take the journey into revealing your own archetypes.” 
–  Susan R. Komives, EdD, author of 15 books including Leadership for a Better World 
“As Prometheus brought the messages of the gods to human ears, so too has Dr. Pearson succeeded in helping the interested layperson understand the fascinating world of these archetypes and their influence in our lives in works that stand the test of time. What Stories Are You Living? updates archetypal theory in the context of contemporary research and human aspirations.” 
–  Michael Conforti, PhD, Jungian Analyst, Founder and Director of the Assisi Institute:  The International Center for the Study of Archetypal Patterns
“In this book, Pearson's lifetime devotion to illuminating twelve archetypes that flow in and out of the hero's journey is provocatively and vividly in evidence. She fleshes out the ineffable and mysterious in ways that every reader can relate to. Her theme throughout is that consciousness makes the difference: for the individual, the culture, indeed the planet itself. In the end,Pearson's work is in line with the ancient ideal that self-knowledge is key to living a better life. Her efforts throughout serve this higher calling.”
–  Angelo Spoto, M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the author of Jung’s Typology in Perspective 

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