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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 11, 2013 9:04 PM

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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Key Images & Their Impact

Key Images & Their Impact | Depth Psych |

The French writer Albert Camus wrote, "A man's life is nothing but a slow trek to rediscover through the detours…those one or two images in whose presence his heart first opened.” The poet Stanley Kunitz believed that writers have key images that captivated them as children, and they keep working these images over and over again in their writings. The mythologist Michael Meade says that at the core of each of our lives is an image that first “moved us” into the world. And Walt Whitman poetically wrote, “There was a child went forth, and the first thing he looked upon, that object he became.”

Is it possible, as the writers above suggest, that as children looking at the world with fresh eyes, certain key visual impressions make an impact on our hearts? Perhaps giving us a “ground” to ... (click title to continue reading...)

Jane Brody's curator insight, January 1, 2013 12:56 PM

I have taught actors to look for key images to open a role for them.  These images are partially personal and partially cultural.  The main objective in locating such images is to open a reliable emotional channel to action.