Rank #1: Eros and the Shattering Gaze: Transcending Narcissism
Ken's recent book, Eros and the Shattering Gaze: Transcending Narcissism (the Depth Psychology Alliance Online Book Club selection for April 2012) discusses a culturally and historically embedded narcissism underlying men's endlessly driven romantic projections and erotic fantasies, that has appropriated their understanding of what love truly is. Men enveloped in narcissism fear their interiority and all relationships with emotional depth that prove too overwhelming to bear--so much so that the lover must either be colonized or devalued.
Ken shares stories which illuminate many areas of common ground that Jung's Analytical psychology shares with contemporary schools of depth psychology and psychoanalysis.
Ken Kimmel, MA, LMFT, LMHC, is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Seattle with over 30 years of clinical practice, an alum of Sonoma State College and a graduate of North Pacific Institute for Analytical Psychology. His current interests concern the interface of Analytical Psychology with contemporary psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and mystical traditions.
Rank #2: Isis Code: Revelations from Brain Research & Systems Science
Rank #3: The Roots of Mass Shootings: Depth Psychology & Gun Violence
In preparation, I opened Issue 81 of Spring Journal (2009), a long running publication of Archetype and Culture called "The Psychology of Violence." Inside, I discovered a powerful and intriguing article by psychologist and professor, Glen Slater, entitled "The Mythology of Bullets." In the essay, Slater addresses the major mainstream issues that always arise in such devastating events: gun violence, media influence, and mental health.
However, Slater goes much deeper to look at the archetypal aspects of guns in America, how our inherent cultural roots come into play, and how the uncompromising drive of the American Dream insists we succeed at any cost. This drive enables us to project the causes of our failure onto others; to do whatever it takes to remove the perceived obstacles that have defeated and marginalized us, and to objectify fellow human beings.
More, with little cultural capacity for reflection or container in which we can view our failures, difficulties, sadness, anger, and depression, we reach out for the one mythical object that allows us to regain control--a gun.
Join me with Dr. Glen Slater for an engaging and important discussion of the roots of mass shootings and the depth psychological and archetypal aspects of guns in America.
Glen Slater Ph.D. holds degrees in Religious Studies and in Clinical Psychology and has taught Jungian and Archetypal perspectives at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara for nearly two decades. Glen is the film review editor at Spring Journal and a regular contributor to that public
Rank #4: The Role of Dreams in Psycho-Spiritual Emergence Processes
Everyone goes through challenging times of psycho-spiritual growth. Darlene explores the function of dreams and visions during crucial periods of psycho-spiritual development. Darlene's work is based on research that analyzed 7 cases of extraordinary experiences associated with dreaming & dream-like states.
Darlene B. Viggiano, Ph.D. (MFT), author of Dreams and Dream-like Experiences: Their Role in Spiritual Emergence Processes, has co-led group dream analysis for Saybrook University, where she also presented on "Brain Activation Patterns and Neuro-physiological Correlates of Hypnotic Dreaming." She has presented extensively and authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on the topic.
Rank #5: Matter, Spirit and Ways of Knowing w/Jungian Patricia Damery
Also up: a discussion of spirituality and initiation and how they fit in contemporary culture. Learn more about Patricia and her books at www.patriciadamery.com or purchase books at www.fisherkingpress.com/shop.
Note: In October, Fisher King Press is generously donating 10% of purchases to Depth Psychology Alliance! Please use the code "DPA10%" at in the comments box at checkout--and thanks for your support!
Rank #6: Out of the Shadows: Story of CG Jung, Toni Wolff & Emma Jung
The year is 1910. Sigmund Freud and his heir-apparent, Carl Jung, are changing the way we think about human nature and the mind. 22-year-old TONI WOLFF enters the heart of this world as Jung's patient. His wife, EMMA JUNG, is 26, a mother of four, aspiring to help her husband create the new science of psychology. Toni Wolff's fiercely curious mind, and her devotion to Jung, threaten this aspiration. Despite their passionate rivalry for Jung's mind and heart, the two women often find themselves allied.
Their relationship spans 40 years, from pre-World War I to the dawn of the Atomic Age. Their story follows the development of the field of psychology, and the moral and professional choices of some of its major players.
Join host Bonnie Bright with Elizabeth Clark-Stern, a psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle,Washington, as they discuss this unique book. Before embracing this beloved work, Elizabeth worked as a professional screenwriter and has produced multiple plays and teleplays. This play, "Out of the Shadows: A Story of Toni Wolff and Emma Jung", published by Fisher King Press, has been performed in Seattle, at the International Jungian Congress in South Africa, and for the Archetypal Theater Company in New Orleans.
MORE DETAILS on the September Depth Psych Book Club: http://www.depthinsights.com/pages/book_club/book_club_sept2012_depthpsych.html
Rank #7: The Cycle of Life with Jungian Erel Shalit, Feb Book Club
“To speak of a general, human life cycle," says Daniel Levinson, "is to propose that the journey from birth to old age follows an underlying, universal pattern on which there are endless cultural and individual variations." In his essay 'The Stages of Life,' Jung discusses "the problems connected with the stages of life," claiming problem to be the kernel of culture and consciousness. Jung clearly aims at living the conscious life, just like Socrates declared the unexamined life not worth living. On our journey through the stages (or ages) of our life, we encounter the archetypal essence of each phase, & are challenged by the essence of meaning that we are requested to deal with on our journey.
Other works by Dr. Shalit, a training & supervising analyst and past President of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology, are Requiem: A Tale of Exile & Return (2010), award-winning Enemy, Cripple & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s Path (2008), The Hero & His Shadow: Psychopolitical Aspects of Myth and Reality in Israel (2004), & The Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego (2002).
Rank #8: Terrapsychology:Earthrise, Mythic Image with Craig Chalquist
Craig Chalquist has walked a lot of the landscape of depth psychology since he first coined the term "terrapsychology" nearly a decade ago. Here Craig speaks about how "patterns, shapes, features and motifs at play in the nonhuman world scupt our ideas, our habits, our relationships, culture, and sense of self" a quote from Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled (p. 6), the June selection for the Depth Psychology Alliance online book club.
Craig Chalquist Ph.D. is the author of 8 books and editor of 2 anthologies, including Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled, the June selection for the Depth Psychology Alliance online book club. Currently a core faculty member in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Dr. Chalquist has also taught at John F. Kennedy University, Antioch University, Prescott College, and Pacifica Graduate Institute among others.
Craig's comprehensive work in the field(s) of depth psychology, ecopsychology, and mythology have given rise to a number of groundbreaking unique programs including Encyclopedia Sophia, an online repository for culture mentors, and Earthrise--a vision for a mythic image for our time.
-LEARN MORE about the June Online Book Club: http://www.depthinsights.com/pages/book_club/book_club_jun2012_depthpsych.html
Rank #9: Beyond Horror & Hope: Archetypal Look at Sandy Hook Shooting
Beyond Horror and Hope: The Archetypal Intersection of Innocence and Evil is an exploratory conversation in response to the Sandy Hook Connecticut school shooting with Jungian Analyst Michael Conforti, PhD and Depth Insights host and founder of Depth Psychology Alliance, Bonnie Bright, M.A.
What are the archetypal influences underpinning the horror of the Newtown, CT school shooting---and those of so many recent violent events perpetrated on innocents with legal firearms. Is evil a reality? Is it an age-old pattern that becomes constellated under certain conditions? How do we find hope in the horror when tragedy strikes?
It was Carl Jung who taught us not a only about the reality of the psyche but also offered up a courageous admission of the reality of evil. Building on Jung's discovery about the archetypes of evil, and Elie Wiesel's countless decades in writing about the Holocaust, we address the issues emerging from this and other similar disasters from the perspective of an archetypal approach to psyche and life.
We invite you to join us, as together we bear witness to this tragedy and search for a way through the darkness to a place of understanding.
Rank #10: "Field, Form, & Fate"--with Jungian Dr. Michael Conforti
Dr. Michael Conforti, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst, and is the founder and director of the Assisi Institute. Dr. Conforti's work has resulted not only in a training institute based on his discoveries, but also the development of a new discipline, Archetypal Pattern Analysis.
A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and the book we’ll be discussing today, “Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche”
Join us as we discuss a priori fields that establish form, and the ways in which we come into relationship with all that is....