When I tell people that I am a poet and poetry teacher with a depth psychological perspective, someone inevitably asks, “Did you say depth? What is depth psychology?” Without getting into a lengthy academic discussion about the theories of Freud, Jung, and Hillman, this isn’t an easy question to answer.
Yet, like everyone who practices in this rewarding field, I try, usually by offering the following: “Depth psychology is the study of the unconscious, the world of dreams, archetypes, complexes, and imagination that exists below the surface of our lives, and which informs and influences our surface experiences.
Through my work over the last two years as a teacher and facilitator of poetry discussion groups, however, I’ve come to understand that depth psychology isn’t only about depth--the mostly unseen and mysterious realms of psyche. Rather, depth psychological... (click title to continue reading)