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January 2021 Newsletter

Now is the winter of our discontentMade glorious summer by this sun of York;And all the clouds that lour’d upon our houseIn the deep bosom of the ocean buried.Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths….                      William Shakespeare, Richard III It’s a new year, even as the world still seems dreary. In my world, December here in […]

Understanding Ourselves Through Story with Carol S. Pearson and John Trybus

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Myth Salon Interview

October 27, 2020 Pearson Blog: A Conspiracy Theory Vaccine? Making Sense of a Chaotic World

By Carol S. Pearson Part One: The Appeal of Conspiracy Thinking I’m intrigued by how many conspiracy theories are gaining traction today, and wondering how so many fellow citizens of my country can believe them. I see news interviews with people who believe such outrageous things, but in every other way they look and act […]

September 2020 Newsletter

Vote! I’ve just written a book about the importance of living our archetypal values so that we can gain their gifts. Voting is one essential way to do that. For the Idealist, it is the right thing to do. For the Realist, the way to affect reality. For the Caregiver, it is caring for oneself, […]

Mapping The Organizational Psyche

Great news! You can now download Mapping the Organizational Psyche: A Jungian Theory of Organizational Dynamics and Change free of charge. John Corlett and I co-authored this book for leaders, organizational development consultants, executive coaches, and anyone trying to better understand their organization. It partners well with the revised Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator® for those who want to use […]

August 12, 2020: Zajchowski Blog: The Lover’s Call to Life

By Stephanie Zajchowski, Ph.D. The morning news reads like a dystopian novel. After five years of studying apocalyptic writing, I imagined I would be able to achieve an academic distance from a global pandemic in order to observe as new patterns emerge. The reality has been quite the opposite. I spend most mornings consumed by case […]

June 2020 Newsletter

It’s June, and the pandemic is getting worse as people defy common sense and refuse to wear masks or care about others. Cell phone videos have revealed to us how common it is for police to murder innocent human beings and get away with it because those killed have dark skins. Now many of all […]

May 27, 2020 Pearson Blog: The Power of Story in a Time of Crisis and Potential Social Renewal

By Carol S. Pearson …this is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief […]

PMAI Re-Release

May 6, 2020 Dear Friends: Great news! A new and improved version of the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator® (PMAI®) is now available. The instrument also comes with its own website, To introduce the new PMAI®, I’ll be offering two free webinars, next Wednesday, May 13th, and Wednesday, May 20th, on how to identify the archetypes in your life […]

March 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friend: As I write this, I am sheltered-in-place with my dear husband, David, during the coronavirus pandemic. We are observing the at-least-six-feet-apart rule of social distance with others and remaining home as much as we can, not only to keep ourselves safe, but also for the safety of everyone else. The side-effect of the […]

March 24, 2020 Pearson Blog: Do What You Love and Make a Difference—But How?

by Carol S. Pearson This is the second of two blogs that address the coronavirus pandemic. I’m going out very little during the coronavirus pandemic, while also taking time to stay connected—at a distance—with family, friends, and colleagues. It is so important in these times that people are not isolated. Simultaneously, I am working to […]

March 24, 2020 Pearson Blog: Beyond Disinfectant, Cleaning Wipes, and Toilet Paper: Our Pandemic Challenge

by Carol S. Pearson This is the first of two blogs that address the coronavirus pandemic. All I have is a voiceTo undo the folded lie,The romantic lie in the brainOf the sensual man-in-the-streetAnd the lie of AuthorityWhose buildings grope the sky:There is no such thing as the StateAnd no one exists alone;Hunger allows no […]

March 18, 2020 Lovejoy Blog: Frozen II: Disney’s Response to Social Isolation in the Time of Coronavirus

By Rebekah Lovejoy  Disney has just released Frozen II on Disney+, surprisingly early. I am watching it for the first time. Sitting here witnessing Elsa climb up the stairway of ice from the raging sea, I feel as though I am watching an ascension, the reverse movements of Inanna’s descent. How long have we waited for a […]

February 6, 2020 Pearson Blog: A Nation at War with Itself

By Carol S. Pearson The verdict is in: The President of the United States of America has abused his power, bullied another nation to provide him with personal political benefit, and covered this up in unprecedented ways. The Mueller investigation also identified many crimes he was party to as a candidate as well as numerous […]

January 20, 2020 Lippin Blog: Contemplating the Intersection of Aging and Dying

By Laurie B. Lippin My Personal Journey, Through the Lenses of Personality Type and Archetypes Perhaps it was the writing of this topic, the openness and introspection it was requiring of me, that put me in touch with themes I was living but had not quite recognized as part of my ongoing story. Living synchronistically […]

December 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend: We are entering the time of year for going inward and gestating what next calls us. It is also the time when the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, all remind us that the light is returning even when the weather gets colder and harsher—until new plants crack through the ice, hibernating animals emerge […]

December 4, 2019 Slominski Blog: The Rise of Regency

By Andrea M. Slominski The 2016 presidential election released and supported a torrent of suppressed hatred and fear. Within this attempted “othering” of anyone who is not a white American male of European descent is the rise of publicly expressed misogyny. Driven by far-right political ideas, U.S. culture is once again attacking the fundamental human […]

October 31, 2019 Koehler Blog: Roger’s Labors: The Resonance of Psyche and Eros in Outlander

By Dori Koehler If it’s true that myths and archetypes are alive and well and, as Barbra Streisand once said in The Mirror Has Two Faces,“living in my apartment,” then it’s also true that the material that constellates them is found in our stories, most notably the stories that hook the soul of a culture and […]

What’s Good and What’s Bad About Narcissism? Opportunity or Dysfunction?

By Carol S. Pearson Narcissism has been making the news lately. People are concerned that some politicians and CEOs may be narcissists. To understand what is going on in the world today and to recognize how you and I can be happy, successful, and positive influences, it is helpful to view narcissism on a continuum, […]

September 2019 Newsletter

Fall Musings on Current Crises, Archetypes, and Consciousness Dear Friend: Summer has come and gone, as has the fall equinox. We are entering the time of going inward and also letting go of what no longer serves us in our culture and our own attitudes and attachments. Here in Maryland, the days are still warm, […]

August 07, 2019 Pearson Blog: Depth Leadership: How to Live Your Calling and Succeed in Leading Others

By Carol S. Pearson Leadership today is too often viewed as a function or role conferred only by some authority. Yet, whether you are a parent, a teacher, a supervisor, a CEO, president of a country, or someone who acts because something needs to be done and no one else is doing it, you can […]

June 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend: The Summer Solstice has just passed, signaling the official beginning of summer. And for many of us long past school age, this time triggers a nostalgia for the freedom to roam and play, a freedom much curtailed in today’s world. But then some kids now go to all those cool camps!  In truth, I’m […]

June 14, 2019 Sells Blog: Sansa and the Strength of Endurance

*Contains Spoilers*   [Persephone] was filled with a sense of wonder, and she reached out with both hands             to take hold of the pretty plaything. And the earth, full of roads leading every which way, opened up under her.             It happened on the Plain of Nysa. There it was that the Lord who receives many […]

May 27, 2019 Sells Blog: Arya Stark: Transforming an Image of Abduction

 He seized her against her will, put her on his golden chariot, And drove away as she wept.   By Angela Sells *Contains Spoilers* (Author’s Note: While the figure of Thanatos in Greek mythology more closely represents an actual “Lord of Death,” Hades has passed into modern parlance and become synonymous with both the realm of […]

April 29, 2019 Selig Blog: The Creator Meets the Critic at the Nursery

By Jennifer Leigh Selig My newest book has been birthed—she’s just a few days old now. To say it was a labor of love is trite, but no less true. Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit took three years to conceive, grow, and release, and my co-creators Deborah Anne Quibell and Dennis Patrick […]

April 11, 2019 Pearson Blog: Finding Yourself and Expanding Your Horizons

By Carol S. Pearson Western culture emphasizes individualism and, therefore, being authentic and true to who we are. Who we are, of course, is influenced by others, who also may be influenced by us. Social neuroscientists have posited that humans evolved through interactions, as each person, each group, and each region shared their stories with others. […]

March 2019 Newsletter

…it’sspringwhen the world is puddle-wonderful – e.e. cummings Dear Friend: Spring has finally arrived – and none too soon! It’s been a long, hard winter, in terms of both the weather and the national political climate. To escape both, David and I spent a month in Santa Barbara, CA, where we lived for six years, visiting […]

March 22, 2019 Hobbs Blog: Captain Marvel: Harnessing a Woman’s True Power

By Priscilla Hobbs *Contains Spoilers* I admit that I was skeptical when I walked into the theater. In a Tarantinoesque duality, I’m a “DC Girl.” I like superheroes who are emotionally complex. Okay, really, I just like Batman. So when Captain Marvel[i], the latest installment in the ever-expanding Marvel Comics Universe (MCU for short), was announced, […]

January 4, 2019 Pearson Blog: What Stories Are You Living—and What Unconscious Assumptions Determine What You Do?

By Carol S. Pearson When someone asks, “How are you?”, you might say, “Great!” or “I’m good” or “Hanging in there” or some such, and leave it at that. But if you are talking with a friend, loved one, or anyone who seems truly interested, likely you might share an anecdote about why you feel […]

December 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friend:   Welcome to this end of 2018 newsletter.     Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we would all greet the new year by visualizing how we want our own lives to be in the context of also wanting the best for others—those around us and around the world—and then move into realizing these dreams? […]

October 23, 2018 Koehler Blog: Eleusis in Scotland? Persephone Rises in Outlander

By Dori S. Koehler People disappear all the time. Young girls run away from home. Children stray from their parents and are never seen again… Most are found eventually. Disappearances, after all, have explanations… usually….[i] It’s fashionable in this contemporary moment of #MeToo to dismiss the myth of Demeter and Persephone. It is, after all, […]

September 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friend: Shortly after you receive this newsletter, David and I will be heading to Colorado to spend several weeks at our condo in Estes Park. We’re looking forward to seeing old friends, hiking in the mountains, and witnessing the changing of the aspens, which lends a golden glow to portions of the landscape. Unfortunately, […]

Persephone Rising: A Transformational Feminine Energy Now Emerging in Women and Men

By Carol S. Pearson Are Public Events Evoking Anxiety in You or Those You Know? The recently released paperback edition of my book Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within includes a new preface that demonstrates how this story and its main characters—Persephone, Demeter, Zeus, and Dionysus—parallel key contemporary public figures, political parties, and movements. As we view […]

August 27, 2018 Culpepper Blog: War, Loss, and a Self-Directed Life: An Archetypal Study

By Katherine Culpepper In an earlier post on this site, “Projective Drawing and the PMAI: Helping Autistic Students Gain Greater Self-Knowledge”(January 23, 2018), I introduced a method of combining the House-Tree-Person drawing with the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicatoras a way to assess and develop the five social-emotional core competencies with students. Readers of this blog are […]

September 4, 2018 Mark and Pearson Blog Learning from Brands in Crisis: How to Remain Our Best Selves in Challenging Times

By Margaret Mark and Carol S. Pearson[i] Many of us in our lives face a crucible or severe test at some point, but for the most part, it is thankfully not played out upon a public stage. Not so for companies and brands. Often, due to circumstances they either invite by their own actions or […]

July 19, 2018 Smink Blog: Caregivers Experience Compassion Fatigue Because They Care

By Edward M. Smink Ph.D I am fascinated that compassion fatigue occurs because caregivers care – not an abnormality, which most in our culture may argue, but something very normal in the life of a caregiver. This was important to me for two reasons. The first was to understand more fully my own experience of […]

June 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friend: I’ll be spending the Summer Solstice in Santa Barbara, where the whole town whoops it up to celebrate the ultimate triumph of the light on the longest day of the year. I’ll likely miss the parade because I’m prioritizing being with close friends. Friendship has been much on my mind, as I’ve had […]


By Dori Koehler Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. —William Butler Yeats[1]            As I complete this blog, it’s been a […]

June 15, 2018 Pearson Blog: Need to Lighten Up? Activate Your Jester Archetype

By Carol S. Pearson When life feels like a drag and events are depressing, it is a good time to lighten up. For that, we can call on the Jester. You may know this archetype best in the comedian, the entertainer, the party planner, the cruise director, the satirist, the practical joker, or the friends […]

New Article: Journal of Genius and Eminence

The Journal of Genius and Eminence (JGE) is a scholarly, peer-reviewed periodical focused on the most exceptional human talents, the influences on and results of those talents, and contexts in which they develop and flourish. It debuted in 2016, and has since been published biannually. Click Here to Read the Journal This issue is the Joseph Campbell Edition! […]

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, […]

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 […]

March 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friend: As I write this on the first full day of spring – and my birthday! – six inches of snow has fallen, and the view from my office window is just lovely. And, I know that Persephone is rising, as the crocuses that already had popped their heads up will survive, and Persephone’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

December 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friend: The approach of the holiday season, the winter solstice, and the new year ordinarily augurs a time of celebration, as we give thanks for friends and family, share gifts, and, in the northern hemisphere, anticipate the “return of the light.” This also can be a time when we can look forward to spring […]

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. […]

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, […]

Newsletter September 2017

Dear Friend: As we head into autumn, I’m thankful the summer was mild and early fall is lovely. But the weather has been anything but kind to other parts of the country. Fortunately, David’s and my family members in Texas and Florida seem to have survived Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relatively unscathed. However, we mourn […]

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. […]

August 23, 2017 Pearson Blog: Brothers and Sisters: Friends or Foes? Oh, My!

By Carol S. Pearson Most of us get little help in navigating sibling relationships or seeing how they affect us. Recently, I was asked to give a presentation on sisters and brothers and found there is very little written about this important topic. Even family system literature focuses more on parents and addressing children’s problems, […]

July 31, 2017 Shore Blog: Meet the Japanese Wonder Woman

By Leslie Shore Just as most of the world was reeling from political dark horse and novice Donald Trump’s shocking upset victory to become the 45th President of the United States, a soft but firm voice re-emerged from the international shadows. That voice is Japanese Master Animator Hayao Miyazaki, who announced in November 2016 that […]

May 15 2017 Pearson Blog: Arrival: How the Feminine Saves the World

By Carol S. Pearson Life in the 21st century is challenging for all of us. We are living in a globally interdependent world, where time has accelerated, learning challenges are constant, and it is difficult to keep up with the pace of change and not feel overwhelmed. On top of that, physicists tell us that […]

May 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friend: Spring finally is in full bloom in Maryland, and after a long winter marked by changeable weather and extensive travel, it’s truly a pleasure to be surrounded by greenery punctuated by flowering trees and bushes. While our national political environment remains extremely turbulent and in so many ways disturbing, I find it a […]

April 24, 2017 Lovejoy Blog: Maui the Heroic Monster

By Rebekah Lovejoy The Disney animated film Moana is a timely illustration of the impact the heroic personality currently has within our culture. On first glimpse, Moana is the story of an innocent young girl who becomes the grounded leader of her tribe. It could be seen as Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. However, within it […]

March 29, 2017 Boardman Blog: Persephone Rising, Artemis’s Indomitable Spirit, and the Power of Hidden Figures: Reflections on Cycles of Visibility

by Beth Boardman ~ Gratitude: Bolen, Jean Shinoda. Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. San Francisco: Conari, 2014 Pearson, Carol S. Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within. New York: HarperElixir, 2015 Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures. New York: Wm. Morrow-HarperCollins, 2016 ~ Heart-rise: The Persephone Path On the cusp of spring, after months of invisible […]

March 21, 2017 Pearson Blog: Finding Yourself in the New Tribalism

By Carol S. Pearson Neotribalism is a sociological term that describes the way many countries are splintering apart in response to a global society in which it is difficult to find our individual identities with so much coming at us to choose from in terms of lifestyle, values, and beliefs. Ancient ethnic and racial identities […]

February 6, 2017 Hare Blog SAILING THE CAREGIVING SEAS: How Archetypes Help Chart the Course

By Lyndall Hare We daughters and sons of elders sometimes find ourselves navigating rough, and even treacherous, seas. We might even experience a bit of seasickness when tacking from “family mediator” to “financial advisor.” And with the ever-changing winds, we might unexpectedly find ourselves sailing in the direction of “case manager” and “health advocate” one […]

January 23, 2017 Koehler Blog The Audacity of Love: Lessons I Learned from an Obama Presidency

By Dori Koehler I’ve never been an especially political person. In fact, I’ve never felt particularly at home in the community around me. My mind is often engaged in the foreign past – Regency era England with Jane Austen, Victorian England with the Bronte sisters, the Modernist period with W.B. Yeats, or in the ancient […]

Newsletter January 2017

Dear Friend: Happy New Year! With the joys and stresses of the holiday season now behind us, I hope we all can take a deep breath and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Those of you with youngsters in the family may have watched them return to school. In my case, it’s […]

January 2, 2017 Bower Blog: THE OTHER JOURNEY

By Jody Gentian Bower Many have written about the “descent” story in which a woman (sometimes a goddess ) is forced to journey underground to a dark and dangerous place. The archetypal images for this story can be found in the mythical descent journeys of the Greek goddess Persephone and the Sumerian goddess Inanna, as […]

New Dimensions Interview “The ‘Narrative Intelligence’ Of The Greek Myths”

The best interviewers I’ve experienced are with New Dimensions Radio. If you want to have or give an interview that provides the essence of Persephone Rising, this one is the best overall. It is also great to use if you teach my material in courses or workshops or use with coaching clients. Here’s the most […]

New Dimensions Interview “The Hero Inside”

The best interviewers I’ve experienced are with New Dimensions Radio. Here’s an early one I gave. It aired on 11/8/89. I hope you enjoy it. The Hero Inside  Combining the wisdom of archetypal psychology, process therapy, feminist theory and mythology, author Pearson suggests that “we can find ways of living and being that are rich, […]

New Dimensions Interview “Archetypes to Live By”

The best interviewers I’ve experienced are with New Dimensions Radio. Here’s an early one I gave. It aired on 7/21/98. I hope you enjoy it. Archetypes to Live By Heroic archetypes can be powerful guides to help you discover your hidden gifts, solve difficult problems and transform your life. Although you may think of heroes […]

New Dimensions Interview “Alchemy and Archetypes”

The best interviewers I’ve experienced are with New Dimensions Radio. Here’s an early one I gave. It aired on 2/19/92. I hope you enjoy it. Alchemy and Archetypes We all possess the archetypes necessary for the hero’s journey. Though one or two may be predominant in our lives, we can call forth and awaken these […]

December 7, 2016 Pearson Blog: Making Lemonade: Part III

By Carol S. Pearson   An Archetypal Plan for Recovering from the U.S. Presidential Election   The U.S. presidential election has left Americans more divided than perhaps at any time since the Civil War. This is the last in a series of three blogs in which I offer an archetypal approach to understanding the forces […]

December 6, 2016 Pearson Blog: Making Lemonade: Part II

By Carol S. Pearson An Archetypal Plan for Recovering from the U.S. Presidential Election     The U.S. presidential election has left Americans more divided than perhaps at any time since the Civil War. This is the second in a series of three blogs in which I offer an archetypal approach to understanding the forces […]

December 5, 2016 Pearson Blog: Making Lemonade: Part I

By Carol S. Pearson An Archetypal Plan for Recovering from the U.S. Presidential Election The U.S. presidential election has left Americans more divided than perhaps at any time since the Civil War. In this series of three blogs, I offer an archetypal approach to understanding the forces at work both in the U.S. and around […]

November 14, 2016 Atlee Blog: How Saturday Night Live (Briefly) Restored the Innocent Archetype

By Cindy Atlee Depending on which side of the outcome you were on, last week’s election may have produced a lot of tears. That happened for me on the Saturday night before the vote, in a very unexpected way and certainly via an unexpected source. Saturday Night Live reduced me to tears. Yes, that Saturday […]

Save The Date: The Jung Center Houston

Save the date for a weekend lecture/workshop March 10-11 2017. Topic TBD.


By Carol K. Walsh Persephone wisdom is present in kairos moments of insight when you suddenly know what you are to do; in a visitation from a muse that furthers your creativity; or in the feeling of time standing still because what you are doing feels so right and your attention is completely on the […]

October 10, 2016 Adson Blog: The Creator: Make Something of Yourself

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 […]

UPCOMING EVENT: Jung Society, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I’m traveling to Chapel Hill, NC, to do a lecture and Saturday workshop on February 24-25, 2017, on the subject of Narrative Intelligence: The Power of Story to Transform Our Lives. Click to Register. I’d love to see you there! Here are descriptions of the lecture and workshop: Friday Night Presentation: Narrative Intelligence and the Power of […]

September 26, 2016 Pearson Blog: The Secret to Being Real, Successful, and Happy

By Carol S. Pearson In Texas, where I grew up, we had an expression—“all hat and no cattle”—that summed up a certain kind person. The expression came from seeing people wearing fancy western outfits who had no idea the hard work or long hours required to run, or work in, a cattle ranch. And, they […]

September 14, 2016 Lovejoy Blog: Re-visioning Demeter, and Myself, As Sexual Mother

By Rebekah Lovejoy I have always considered myself a creative, out-of-the-box thinker. I utilized this skill to stay on top of the ever-developing complications of raising three children. I prided myself on taking the extra step to rethink every new life stage. So it came as an embarrassing shock when I realized that my sexual […]

Update: Omega Event

This following event has been cancelled.

Newsletter August 2016

Dear Friend: We’re still immersed in the heat of August here in Maryland, but Labor Day is approaching, the school year is about to begin, and I’m looking forward to the cool of autumn and spectacular fall colors. And while students head back to classes, I’ll be resuming my schedule of workshops; details about the […]

Podcast: The Business of Story

I joined my colleague Margaret Mark in an interview on Park Howell’s “The Business of Story” podcast. We discussed archetypal branding, that is the way changing your story can change the way clients perceive your brand. Click here to listen to the podcast.

August 22, 2016 Adson Blog: Roles, Scripts, and Archetypes

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 […]

Review: SERES

Wow! Dr. Sherry Miller of SERES, a non-profit organization serving young people in Guatemala and El Salvador, wrote a beautiful review of The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the 21st Century. I’m gratified to know that this work is helping people grow. Click here to read the review.

August 9, 2016 Pearson Blog: Activating Your Soul’s Erotic GPS

By Carol S. Pearson Have you ever wished you had the equivalent of a map, handbook, or GPS that would help you know what to do and where to go to be happy? Or, have you ever felt envious of those who always seemed to know what decision to make to enhance their personal fulfillment? […]

August 3, 2016 Barysch-Crosbie Blog: Holding Back… and Breaking Through

By Gabriele Annegret Barysch-Crosbie I used to be so shy and self-conscious. Have you ever looked over your shoulder, wondering what people might say or think about you? I sure did. I was a true expert in “holding back.” This pattern was true for me overall, but I especially noticed it with my resistance to […]

July 22, 2016 Pearson Blog: The GOP Convention: Captured in an Innocent Trance

By Carol S. Pearson I did not want to face the truth about the archetypal story of the Republican convention, as I was hoping for better. However, it is clear to me that, overall, the convention was embodying an Innocent trance. The Innocent as an archetype has the virtues of a spontaneous, happy child, and […]

July 18 Koehler Blog: Disney Princesses: Women of Faith, Loving Kindness, and Community

By Dori Koehler Some time ago I wrote a guest blog suggesting that Persephone was the first Disney princess. By way of expanding that topic, I thought I’d share a blog I wrote about the princesses themselves. “Where there is kindness, there is goodness. Where there is goodness, there is magic.”—Cinderella film (2015) Confession: I […]

July 5, 2016 Adson Blog: The Orphan’s Trance

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 […]

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 […]

Hudson Institute Interview

I recently had the honor of being on an “author call” for Hudson Institute life and executive coaches, sharing insights from Persephone Rising and archetypes more generally as applied to the practice of coaching. Whether you are a coach to others or just to yourself, you may find my interchange with Hudson coaches to be […]

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 […]

Radio Show: The Soul-Directed Life

Recently, I visited with Janet O’Conner on her show “The Soul-Directed Life.” We explored this question: How can I embrace the wisdom of my shadow? I enjoyed this rich discussion and am pleased to share it with you. Click here to listen.

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 […]

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 […]

Radio Show: The Common Sense Spirituality Show

I visited iHeart radio recently to do an interview with Dave Gaggin on “The Common Sense Spirituality Show.” We talked about my book Awakening the Heroes Within. As we discussed Jung’s archetypes and their influence on our consciousness, we also explored the 12 archetypes I identify in my book: innocent, orphan, warrior, caregiver, seeker, lover, […]

Persephone Rising Wins Nautilus Gold Award

Each year, the Nautilus Book Awards are given to books that carry a powerful message aimed at making the world a better place. I’m honored to announce that PERSEPHONE RISING has won a gold award in category 27—books for women! Click to see the full list.

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 […]

Newsletter May 2016

Dear Friend: Great news! Each year, the Nautilus Book Awards are given to books that carry a powerful message aimed at making the world a better place. I’m honored to announce that Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within has won a gold award in category 27—books for women! Click here to see the full list. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: Dennis P. Slattery, Ph.D.

I’m humbled by this rich review of Persephone Rising: Awakening The Heroine Within recently written by my colleague and fellow mythology enthusiast Dennis P. Slattery, Ph.D.The review was published in the most recent issue of Depth Insights, a scholarly e-zine on archetypal studies that I offer here with  great thanks to Bonnie Bright and the Depth […]

Review: Ginette Paris, Ph.D.

This thoughtful review of my latest book, Persephone Rising: Awakening The Heroine Within was offered by my colleague, and fellow mythology enthusiast Ginette Paris, Ph.D. She has done extensive research on the goddesses of ancient Greece, connecting archeo-historical research with myth and archetypal analysis. To that end, she is the author of Pagan Meditations: Aphrodite, Hestia, and Artemis. To read […]

February 2 Pearson Blog: Thriving, Cognitive Complexity, Bee Wisdom—and You

By Carol S. Pearson To thrive in today’s world, it is critical to be able to track emerging cultural stories that empower rather than limit you. One change I’ve noticed is the shift in the environmental and evolutionary sciences from a focus on “survival of the fittest” stories to narratives about ecological systems—a change that […]

“Dinner and Depth” Webinar with Depth Psychology Alliance

I was thrilled to do a free “Dinner and Depth” Webinar with Depth Psychology Alliance founder Bonnie Bright on February 2, 2016. Together, we explore why stories from the ancient Greeks have impacted us so strongly in contemporary life and how the field of neuroscience teaches about what we perceive as reality. I discuss how […]

January Newsletter 2016

Dear Friend: Now that the rush of the holidays is behind us and we all have had time to shift our attention to opportunities in the new year, I thought it would be a good time to let you know about some exciting events coming up over the next few months, including several in which […]

January 27, 2016 Pearson Blog: Triggering Happiness Hormones In A Society in Turmoil

By Carol S. Pearson Ever feel lost, despairing, angry, and searching for answers? I have, and found some answers through learning how to trigger my body’s joy hormones.   Dopamine rewards accomplishment: Having goals, a purpose, and actively achieving desired outcomes. Oxytocin rewards caring and belonging: Feeling connected to and supported by others; giving and […]

January 19, 2016 Hale Blog: Creating a Better Future: Transforming Traumas Together Through Myth and Story

By Cynthia Anne Hale, Ph.D. How can we support each other and work with hope for the future when all around us human life is being violated? Daily we hear the news of brutality around the world and in our own communities—killing, rape, kidnapping, and torture are some of the worst I know of, and […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Persephone Rises, Perhaps in You and Me

By Carol S. Pearson The situation is bleak. The dark side has taken over again, the proof of which is how regimented and violent its soldiers are, and the light is being held only by a rebel band, guarded by a republic. The two great masculine heroes—Luke Skywalker and Han Solo—have lost faith in their […]

La Casa de Maria

I am leading a weekend workshop on the Sacred Feminine at the beautiful La Casa de Maria in Montecito, California. For society to achieve optimal balance, and for each of us to have access to our full human qualities, feminine contributions need to be valued as much as are masculine ones. If you would like […]

January 7 Pearson Blog: Archetypal and Narrative Intelligence Tools for 2016

By Carol S. Pearson Most people have no idea that the stories inside our heads determine much of what we notice in the world or how we string our observations together to make meanings of them. This suggests that stories that are invisible to us define a good deal of what we experience, so we […]

December 12 Pearson Blog: Returning Magic to Christmas

By Carol S. Pearson Christmas is a time when many of us show our love for friends and families through presents and lovely occasions with decorations and the foods and precious traditions, old or new, from our families or friendship groups. I know that part of what I loved as a child was not so […]

December 9 Pearson Blog: You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Experience the Miracle of Hanukkah

By Carol S. Pearson When I married my husband, David, one of the extra joys that came with our union was experiencing Jewish rituals. I particularly love the story of Hanukkah, which tells how, after the desecration of the Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BC, the Jews were anxious about how to keep […]

November 24 Pearson Blog: Alleviating Holiday Stress

By Carol S. Pearson  Why is Thanksgiving week often so stressful? Feeling gratitude has been shown to decrease stress, help us feel happier, promote emotional and mental health, and foster spiritual growth. But the Thanksgiving holiday can be stressful for all sorts of good reasons that undercut the very purpose of a day dedicated to […]

Review: Dara Marks

A new review shared in gratitude for the time and energy Dara Marks has taken to consider my work.  

November 18 Pearson Blog: Killing in the Name of God: Spiritual Temptations and Opportunities

By Carol S. Pearson Although all the Abrahamic religions are monotheistic, believing in one God, there have been many times in history when their adherents, in the name of that God, have killed others who have different worship practices and beliefs. And yet, all of these three major religions have foundational beliefs in love. Jesus’s […]

November 10 Koehler Blog: The Goddess of Spring and the Origin of the Disney Maiden

By Dori Koehler Between 1929 and 1939, the Walt Disney Animation Studio rode high on the success of its animated short cartoons. While many animation studios suffered a downturn due to the Great Depression, Walt Disney enjoyed his very own Midas touch. Of particular significance during this period are the Silly Symphonies cartoons. These shorts, […]

November 4 Pearson Blog: The Magic of Shifting the Story

By Carol S. Pearson David and I woke up recently feeling anxious and began to tell each other what we were fearful about. We have a lot on our plate, and some of our worries were about getting everything done, some about pending decisions, and some more nebulous. But, as we talked, we remembered that […]

Review: Spirituality and Health

This is shared with gratitude to for their time and thoughts.

Review: Rewire Me

With thanks to Laura Huhn at

October 27 Pearson Blog: BARBIE RISING

By Carol S. Pearson. Ruth Handler, who created the Barbie doll, explained, “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.” But since 2011, Barbie has become less and less popular, partly because of […]


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Review: Beth Anne Boardman, PhD

A thoughtful review. With thanks to Beth Anne Boardman, PhD.

October 10 Pearson Blog: Triggering Your Inner Happiness Chemicals

By Carol S. Pearson. In an interview for Harvesting Happiness, Lisa Kamen told me that happiness was her drug of choice. This led me to share, first with her and now with you, how living the four major archetypal stories in Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within can trigger the production of happiness chemicals in […]

Bestselling Author Carol S. Pearson to Debut New Book at Colorado Bookstores

October 11, 2015 – Bestselling author and internationally known scholar Carol S. Pearson will speak about and sign copies of her new book, PERSEPHONE RISING: AWAKENING THE HEROINE WITHIN, at three Colorado bookstores in the next week. The events have been planned in conjunction with the book’s October 13th publication as a lead title by […]

October 10 Pearson Blog: PUBLICATION DAY!!!

By, Carol S. Pearson Today is the day! Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within is now available wherever books are sold! It has been published as a beautiful hardcover print book and in electronic form. For me, this is the day when I let go. Up until this point it has been my book: First […]

Newsletter October 2015

Dear Friend: Happy Autumn! I hope this letter finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying the gifts of the season. Autumnal leaves and cool mornings always remind me to quiet my mind, reconnect with nature, and look inward for wisdom. In that vein, I’m writing to you now because I have a fun new campaign that […]

October 10 Pearson Blog: I Am Persephone

By Carol S. Pearson. When an executive at HarperElixir began talking with other people in the publishing world about Persephone Rising, several spontaneously exclaimed, “I am Persephone!” That led the two of us to wonder how many other Persephones are out there. I wrote Persephone Rising because #IAmPersephone, as well. I invite you to watch […]

September 28 Pearson Blog: Life in Today’s Political Zoo: Are You In the Cage or Out of the Cage?

By Carol S. Pearson. What can we make of this? The politicians getting the most enthusiastic crowds today are Donald Trump, a billionaire running on the assertion that “I am the richest, most energetic, and toughest guy in the race,” and Bernie Sanders, an outspoken populist who has the chutzpah to call himself a democratic […]

September 9 Pearson Blog: The Primate Within: Human Archetypes and Animal Instincts

By Carol S. Pearson. I’ve been lucky in love, but even in the best romances there can be challenging moments. My husband is tall, handsome in a distinguished way, actively supportive of my work, a loving partner, and a national champion in his age group in track and field masters competitions. To prepare for this, […]

September 9 Pearson Blog: The Heroic Path of Dreaming and Human Evolution

By Carol S. Pearson. Not long ago, after hearing a speaker warn the audience that we humans could go the way of the dinosaurs, and with the thought of extinction rolling around in my head, I happened to be with family visiting the Museum of Natural History in New York City. There I learned that […]


By, Carol S. Pearson. Welcome to my new website. I’m particularly thrilled about it because it allows for blogs and reply platforms in three areas of the site: with the blog, with events, and with news/press, so now I can have more regular engagement with clients and readers of my books. My plan is to […]

Persephone Rising

Persephone Rising is a modern manifesto for women and the men who partner with them that is illuminated through ancient mythic stories. You can place advance orders now and have the book in your hands in October. The dropdown menu under Publications above also will take you to descriptions of my other books, assessments, and […]

Newsletter September 2015

Happy September! I hope this summer has been treating you well, and that you’ve been able to relax and regroup a bit. I’m so pleased to send this update, because I have news that I’m incredibly excited to share. Some of these things have been in the works for over a year, and seeing them […]


My current upcoming events will celebrate the launch of Persephone Rising (scheduled for release on October 13, 2015) and are designed to spread the word about the book. The list that follows includes events that have been scheduled thus far and will be updated as others are added. If your group or organization would like […]

ILA Press Release

The Transforming Leader Honored at ILA Conference 11/04/2014 – The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century, Dr. Carol S. Pearson’s most recent book, last week was honored for making a significant contribution to the field of leadership at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association Conference in San Diego, CA. The award was […]