Eavesdrop on three Jungian analysts as they engage in lively, sometimes irreverent conversations about a wide range of topics. Join them for discussion of news events, family dynamics, personal issues and more as they share what it’s like to see the world through the depth psychological lens provided by CG Jung. Half of each episode is spent discussing a dream submitted by a listener. Lisa, Joseph and Deb went through their Jungian training together, becoming friends and developing working partnerships. Now they are engaged in a new creative venture with a spirit of adventure and hope you will join them.
Assessing Our Psychic Inheritance
Jung said of the parent-child relationship: “Nothing exerts a stronger psychic effect upon the human environment, and especially upon children, than the life which the parents have not lived.” Jung understood that parents can unconsciously compel children to fulfill parental dreams or compensate for disappointments.
Does Analysis Work? A Conversation with Jonathan Shedler, PhD
“Talk is powerful medicine.” Renowned researcher and clinician Jonathan Shedler, PhD joins us to discuss the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy. While so-called evidence-based therapies—brief treatments conducted by instruction manuals—offer benefit for some, their status as the “gold standard” of treatment for mental distress is undeserved.
JUSTICE: The Struggle for Balance
Principles of fairness and justice have deep roots in the human psyche: we want to receive our fair share and a fair shake. When man injures man we may protest, strive for redress, and measure wrong with morality—but what about godly misfortunes? Life, myth and religion are rich with issues of injustice. Whether individual injury, social inequality, or divine mystery, over-insistence on fairness can lead to depression, resentment, and fixation.
Confronting Shadow: The Work of Self-Discovery
Psychotherapy is essentially the work making shadow conscious—all that we have not discerned, disown, or project onto others. We seldom welcome shadow, for it is marked by emotions and motivations that deflate, disturb, and dethrone ego. From family scuffles to political hostilities and outright war, we most often meet our shadow in others. Its presence is signaled by a strong urge to take action, with feelings ranging from judgment to antagonism, from pity to self-sacrifice, and from obsession to disgust
Self-Reflection: What Was I Thinking?
Jung says, “There is another instinct, different from the drive to activity and so far as we know specifically human, which might be called the reflective instinct.” Self-reflection is correlated with consciousness, and is arguably humankind’s unique and essential competency: a meta-cognitive capacity that is aware of its own awareness.
Influence: Connection or Contagion?
We have always been subject to the influence of others—it’s how we learn language, become socialized, cooperate and collaborate. It’s also how we exclude, denigrate, and assault others. Today, we are subject to unprecedented social influences. Multiplicities of media shape our ideas, identities, beliefs and values--and foster connections and communities around the world.
I hope you do a show on mental illness…
Specifically schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia. This topic would be perfect for the shadowland series you’re now doing and deserves attention. Unfortunately, it’s rarely treated fairly in society.
Thanks for what you do!
These three LCSW may not have gotten in depth psychological education. They are laughing about men in the Middle Ages having ascending testes or hidden penis like it was all imaginative. That is an actual medical condition easily researched. And they speak of the French Neurologist who is considered the patriarch of the study of hysteria who used hypnosis to demonstrate his findings on hysteria. Among many who were his pupils, Freud who also eulogized him, and two others went to elaborate further on Charcot’s approach to hysteria which he called “the great neurosis” since his studies revealed to him that the symptoms of hysteria resembled neurological damage like amnesia, motor paralysis, Sensory losses and more. Charcot revealed that because these symptoms were able to be reproduced while under hypnosis, hysteria was psychological In nature. Also alarming to me was the use of a published “paper” who the speaker couldn’t name and whose authors were “German”. To speak about research without naming its source is so unprofessional, and of course misleading. These people need to stick to community based counseling which is the domain of their social work degrees or enroll in State approved mental health and psychological theory courses. A real shame. Jung, if alive now would be bowing his head in dismay at these people.
Always fascinating! A must listen!
I love this podcast. The three hosts work so well together. They are each so interesting and thoughtful. I always learn something new about myself in the world when I listen to this podcast.I have also been inspired to do dream work. They truly make the work of Carl Jung accessible to all.