Category Archives: Jungian Psychotherapy

Who are you, really? Gabor Mate, stress, and childhood attachment problems

That’s an interesting question. Sticking a “really” on the end of his question like that suggests that the speaker wants a different answer from the one you are giving. I had tried to explain who I am with descriptions of … Continue reading

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Healing Male Impotence

Male potency, an erect phallos upon demand, is the effect Viagra is intended to produce. Although I have never tried that product, I hear that it works and that, under certain conditions, it could kill you. A similar problem was … Continue reading

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Inside, outside, up side, down

Like it or not, there is no way to distinguish inner from outer reality. Chuang-tzu pointed that out over 2300 years ago, when he asked himself the question, “Am I a man dreaming that I am a butterfly, or a … Continue reading

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James Hollis on recovering a mature spiritual life

James Hollis was concerned with recovering a mature spiritual life in our very materialistic culture. In his book Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up (2005) he said, “In order to recover, or … Continue reading

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Seeking a Counselor is the last choice

When do we finally call the counselor? James Hollis noticed a pattern in his clients which is worth passing on to any person who feels like his or her life isn’t really working out that well. Of his clients Hollis … Continue reading

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Socrates’ Mantra

We know nothing about what Socrates thought, except through the written work of Plato and Xenophon. Socrates was a talker, not a writer. In the Apology of Plato, Socrates claims he has an inner guide, a daimon, a belief shared … Continue reading

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The Internal Feminine of Philip K. Dick

When he died in 1982, Philip K. Dick left about 2000 pages of manuscript, much of it hand written, laying around his house. Those pages were collected and edited into The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick which was finally published … Continue reading

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St. Niklaus, the Reformed Berserker

When I mentioned to my friend that Saint Nick’s was going to be celebrated on the 6th of December, he said “Niklaus, the Swiss saint?” “No, Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, the one who evolved into Santa Claus. They are … Continue reading

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Kari Woodenskirt, the growth of the feminine spirit

There is a Norwegian variant of the Cinderella fairy tale where the heroine wears a wooden skirt. Kari is a princess who escapes from her vicious stepmother by going to be with the cattle in the meadow. There she makes … Continue reading

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The Spiral Dance

The painting below is by my friend Neville Bridgeford.  It is in part conscious and in part an unconscious expression of the artist’s experience leading up to his thirty-first birthday. It was created after a spiritual emergency triggered by the … Continue reading

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