Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation
I Have to Trust the Inspiration: An Enterview with Thomas Moore — Robert Henderson
The author of The Care of the Soul reveals his feelings and convictions about the role and meaning of art. He is questioned about the calling of the artist. There is discussion about the muse and the artist. He shares how he learns from his wife who is an artist. He has ideas about the role of silence in art work.
Egg, Serpent & Tree: Mythic Symbol in Creative Work — Gary Bartlett
The vocation of Writer is explored as an expression of a co-creative engagement with psyche. The work of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and that of the author display the fruits of the mythopoetic engagement with images of dream and myth. Tolkien's Mythopoeia, as an answer to criticisms of the value of myth and fairy tales, takes up the charge of declaring and demonstrating the inherent value of mythic images. The widespread presence of interrelated images such as the Axis Mundi, World Navel, and Cosmic Egg, among others as they relate to the search for Center is given as a key to the importance of mythopoetic and co-creative practices. The role of this form of expression is further supported by reference to mythological and religious traditions from around the world to include shamanism.
Tipping the Balance: Disarming the Adult Children of Alcoholics Complex Utiliing the Myth of Athena — Annie Duke
C.G. Jung believed psychological complexes were like 'devious footpaths' that if travelled meander deep into the unconscious. But individuals wounded by the ravages of alcoholic upbringings, held by the ineffable traumas of enmeshment, abandonment, and chaos report incredible resisistance to journeying down the complex footpath of para-alcoholism. For that reason, this paper proposes taking an alternate route through a correlational metaphoric reimagining of the Birth of Athena. Utilizing this mythic mechanism Adult Children of Alcoholics are led to approach a dialogue with these unconscious energies, engendering the transformative process of disarming the ACoA complex and ultimately gaining wholeness.
Myths that Commodify Love: Consumer Fantasies of Choice and Gratification in the Capitalistic Romance of "Whatever You Like" — Carol Cooper
This article analyzes the lyrics of "Tip" Harris's 2008 rap hit "Whatever You Like" for what its metaphors reveal about the cultural complexes caused by two centuries of consumer capitalism. What is the cumulative effect on America's collective unconscious of institutionalized conspicuous consumption? also looks a the psychology of modern romance when impacted by the commodification of desire.
Rescuing Imagination: Creativity in Midlife — Brigitte Goetze
Emerging artists may struggle with a creative block and/or an unresponsive public. The wisdom of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel offers a new perspective on their challenges. The following essay employs three different points of view. A study of behaviors illuminates the effects of attitudes on outcomes. Unconscious needs can influence the development of a personal style as a psychological analysis shows. To heal a split in the Great Mother archetype and to free the imagination requires the understanding garnered from a depth analysis. Drawing on thus-gained insights, the summary offers suggestions on how to respond constructively to inner dryness of lack of outside recognition.
Beth Darlington, review editor. Reviews by Kevin J. Foley and Jane Selinske.
Carolyn Sundstrom (1951-2016)
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