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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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Let’s Talk Work!—The Practical and the Sacred, a twice-weekly depth psychology call-in program with Dorene Mahoney, M.A.

Let’s Talk Work!—The Practical and the Sacred, a twice-weekly depth psychology call-in program with Dorene Mahoney, M.A. | Depth Psych |

In this twice-weekly 90-minute show, experienced career coach Dorene Mahoney will help listeners/viewers in real time as they solve issues around:

•being or becoming employed,

•thriving in a difficult work environment,

•dealing with job burn-out,

•turning one’s calling into paying work,

•resolving office conflicts,

•preparing for an interview,

•making a job change,

•proceeding with a job search after being fired,

•asking for a raise

. . . anything related to expressing oneself at work, and all topics explored through a depth lens. As CG Jung might say, whatever else a work problem is, it is also symbolic of something more than and different from what it appears to be on the surface... (Click title for more)

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The Perils of the Unlived Life

The Perils of the Unlived Life | Depth Psych |
The unlived life--those potentials not realized, those dreams not pursued--has a powerful negative impact. How can we find our way back to a life of meaning?


One of the most potent forces upon the psyche of the individual, according to C.G. Jung, is the unlived life of one’s parents. By this he means the potentials of the parents that have remained unrealized and the personal qualities that have never been developed or expressed. 

Jung, however, is not speaking of those things that have been attempted and missed, but rather those things that were never even chanced:

“that part of their lives which might have been lived had not certain threadbare excuses prevented the parents from ever doing so.”... (Click title for more)

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Excellent article on an important topic that affects all of us, whether we are living our vocation or not (yet).

Eva Rider's curator insight, October 21, 2014 12:38 PM

finding meaning in our lives is a uniquely human mandate. If we ignore the call, we miss finding not only fulfillment but our very Selves.

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What Depth Psychology Can Teach Us About Vocation and Why it Matters with Dr. Jennifer Selig

Jennifer Leigh Selig, Ph.D. is core faculty in Pacifica's Jungian & Archetypal specialization of the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology program. Dr. Selig teaches ...

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How One Becomes a Shaman: A Brief Overview of Shamanism, Part 2

How One Becomes a Shaman: A Brief Overview of Shamanism, Part 2 | Depth Psych |

How One Becomes a Shaman

Given the seemingly differing opinions on the history of shamanism and the definition of a shaman, there seems to be substantially more agreement on the process by which one must undergo to become a shaman. According to Merchant (2006):


The ‘call of the spirits’ to the shamanic vocation is experienced as a serious and disturbing psychological phenomenon early in life (often at adolescence) and this initiatory illness is interpreted as a (mostly unsolicited) calling, which is not only experienced as a destiny/fate but is articulated in these cultures as an election by the spirits. A strenuous and difficult initiation follows, involving altered states of consciousness, dismemberment imagery and death/rebirth phenomena. (p. 133-4)


The candidate is not fully recognized by their cultural group as a shaman until they are able to demonstrate their abilities of mastery over the spirits and communicate with them to acquire information for the purposes of healing (Merchant, 2006). Metzner (1998), like Merchant (2006), referred to a process where the shaman-to-be has visions in which they see themselves being dismembered...(Click title for more)

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