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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 www.DepthPsychologyAlliance.com
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Sabina Spielrein: Pioneer in Early Psychoanalysis

Sabina Spielrein: Pioneer in Early Psychoanalysis | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Sabina Spielrein, a pioneer active in the early stages of the birth of psychoanalysis who made significant contributions to the field, was the first person to propose the thesis about instinctual life, which Freud later adapted. Spielrein determined that instinctual life was based on two instincts—the life instinct and the death instinct—which were opposed to each other.

 

Spielrein’s contributions to the early development of psychoanalysis have been overlooked and, until recently, mainly forgotten. In the mid–1970s papers pertaining to Spielrein, including diaries and correspondence, which were found hidden in a basement in Geneva revived interest in her.

 

Unfortunately, much of the recent work on Spielrein has focused on her role in a triangle with Freud and Jung, rather than on her own specific contributions.

Sabina Spielrein was born on November 7, 1885 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. She was the oldest of five children.The parents, who were extremely strict, forced the children to endure an ... (click title for more)

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Myth, Image and Depth-Oriented Psychotherapy

Myth, Image and Depth-Oriented Psychotherapy | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

The study of mythology and mythic imagery has long been the province of comparative religion, anthropology, literature and art. In the early 20th century, the scholarly study of mythology was appropriated by psychology, specifically the depth psychology of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, to investigate the psychological and structural implications of myth. The study of myth and its relation to dreams and psychopathology has contributed to a paradigm shift in the field of psychology, in which the symbolic contents of the unconscious, as distinguished from the rational mind and the sensational body, suggest a third realm of human influence and experience.

 

The analysis of myth has been an integral part of some of depth psychology’s most significant theories. Modern depth psychology interprets myth as symbolizing an inner, psychological experience. Yet, while Freud’s development of the Oedipus Complex and Jung’s use of mythic symbolism in dream interpretation have been widely studied, and Joseph Campbell’s work in... (Click title to keep reading)

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Men Are From Earth, And So Are Women: Marion Woodman: On The Inner Marriage Of The True Masculine And The True Feminine

Men Are From Earth, And So Are Women: Marion Woodman: On The Inner Marriage Of The True Masculine And The True Feminine | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

I’d never danced in church before I took a workshop with Marion Woodman. Being in the chapel of New York City’s Union Theological Seminary was a sort of homecoming for me: five years earlier I had stridden down the middle aisle of that chapel with a newly minted master of divinity degree in my hand.


Now a series of seemingly disconnected incidents had brought me back, as if by design, to attend Woodman’s workshop. The psychologist Carl Jung might have chalked it all up to “synchronicity” — a meaningful link between otherwise unrelated events. Woodman, a Jungian analyst herself, would no doubt... (click title to continue reading)

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Eva Rider's curator insight, November 18, 2014 1:15 AM

This is a wonderful article exemplifying the brilliance, wisdom and humour of Marion Woodman...

Michael Goodman's curator insight, November 18, 2014 11:58 AM

Thank you Bonnie for this piece on Marion Woodman. I had the opportunity to see her several years ago in Santa Barbara....she is a gift and her "body" of work is amazing.