Depth Psych
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Depth Psych
Pioneered by William James, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Gustav Jung, Depth Psychology is the study of how we dialogue with the Unconscious via symbols, dreams, myth, art, nature. By paying attention to the messages that show up from beyond our conscious egos, we can be guided to greater understanding, transformation, and integration with the world around us, inner and outer. Join the conversation in community at
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Psychology and Fairy Tales--by Carrie Hughes

Psychology and Fairy Tales--by Carrie Hughes | Depth Psych |

Beginning with the fathers of the field, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, psychoanalysts have turned to fairy tales in an effort to understand the human mind. This is accomplished in two ways—either by studying the psychology and needs of the creators of these stories or by examining the characters in the stories. Just as many fairy tales hinge upon a revelation of the truth about those who have been somehow disguised, so too, fairy tales cut to the essence of the human psyche.


Freud suspected that dreams and fairy tales stem from the same place, and the relaxation of inhibition that occurs in the dream state is also true of many story tellers. So fairy tales might prove, like dreams, windows into the unconscious.... (click title to read more)

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Eva Rider's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:04 AM

In my workshops, synthesizing the symbolic elements in fairy tales, dreams with our personal life myths, we can weave new patterns with in the larger tapestry. The personal and collective intetwine in colourful and unexpected ways but the story always leads us towards healing through love.

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Jungian Views on Folktales - The Gold Scales

Jungian Views on Folktales - The Gold Scales | Depth Psych |

Jung was free to look into basic issues of Eastern and other sources, including traditional sources of Europe.


Things depend in part on what Jack and Jill were taught to look up to and back up at a tender age. Below are some Jungian ideas tied in with old and new fiction tales. The good tale deserves to be told and listened to full well. Night-time could be fairly ideal for that, incidentally.


What comes out of analyses of dreams and folktales and much else, tie in with ... (click title for more)

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Laura M. Smith's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:04 PM

Fairy tales, mythology, folk tales, lore and the lost of art of oral story to keep it alive?