“One of the psychological patterns that can make it difficult to unplug is work addiction. With work addiction, it’s not just the electronic devices we are plugged into. It’s another “power source,” an internal one that can either energize us or fry us.
Sometimes we work intensely to prove ourselves to ourselves and to others. Feeling inadequate, guilty or even angry, we push ourselves to accomplish amazing feats. In Jungian terms, we identify with the archetype of the hero. We plug into an instinctual energy which gives us a needed sense of mastery or agency — a rewarding sense of overcoming a challenge, with the result that we feel reassured about our value. This is one of our most fundamental needs and best sources of fulfillment. Humans would not have gotten where we are today without it — for better and worse.”
“Pythia: What is the difference between Jungian analysis and a more conventional psychological approach?
Marion: The Jungian approach speaks to the soul. In a Jungian analysis you are trying to know who you really are through opening to the unconscious and working with your dreams. The more you work with your dreams and your unconscious, and honor it, the more you understand it and it understands you. When you develop a relationship with your psyche this way, you begin to carry that energy into life and your relationships.”
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Pattie Canova is a psychological intuitive, tarot reader, teacher, lecturer, writer, and performer. As a tarot reader, Canova works with the Mythic deck and incorporates dream work into her readings. Informed by a background in theatre, mythology, writing, metaphysics and a deep interest in spirituality, Pattie incorporates keen analyses and constructive insights into her work, following a “what you think is what you’ll see” philosophy.
Ami Ronnberg, MA, is curator of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism and editor in chief of A Book of Images: Reflections on Symbols to be published by Taschen in 2010 as part of the ARAS publication project. She is also on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in New York City.
“Sure, Dan Brown and Sarah Palin are topping the best-seller charts, but the breakout of the holiday book-buying season just may have been an elaborate, richly illustrated tome that records the dreams and spiritual questing of an author who has been dead for nearly half a century. The list price for this 9-pound, 416-page volume? $195.
While committed Jungians have been waiting decades for the book, there are only about 1,000 analysts who follow Jung’s principles in North America, according to Stephen Martin, co-founder and president emeritus of the Philemon Foundation, a Jungian nonprofit group that raised money to help prepare “The Red Book” for publication, helping to finance Mr. Shamdasani’s translation, among other things. Booksellers say that buyers have extended outside Jungian interest groups.
“The thing I find interesting is that I’m not even sure that a lot of people buying them” have shown any previous interest in Jung, said Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan. “There are a lot of $15 Jung books that they haven’t ever bought.” [NYT]
“Marina Abramovic is a New York-based Serbian performance artist. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art”. With an often pronounced mystical sensibility, Abramovic’s work questions the performer/audience relationship and explores the limits of the body. Through gesture and ritual she examines the nature of consciousness.”
“Lee Robbins, PHD-LCSWR is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University where she teaches interdisciplinary seminars in the history, mythology and philosophy of depth psychology, Freudian and Jungian Post modern thought, Alchemy and Buddhism. She is a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association and serves on the board of the International Association of Jungian Studies. She has been a student of Theravada Buddhism for sixteen years.”