Discovering One’s Own Individuality

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Miguel Serrano, a Chilean diplomat and writer, developed a friendship with both Jung and Herman Hesse. Serrano met with Jung a few months before his death in 1961, and their conversations are published in the book CG Jung Speaking:   Serrano: I’ve also come to see Herman Hesse. He believes that the right road is simply

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Embracing the Unexpected

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Nothing but unexpected things kept happening to me. Much might have been different if I myself had been different. But it was as it had to be; for all came about because I am as I am. . . .  I am astonished, disappointed, pleased with myself. I am distressed, depressed, rapturous. I am all these things at once,

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Fluidity and Growth

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My aim is to bring about a psychic state in which my patient begins to experiment with his [or her] own nature, as a state of fluidity, change or growth where nothing is eternally fixed, or hopelessly petrified.” What an interesting approach: experimenting with one’s own nature.  I think most of us would consider our

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Understanding Your Dreams: Doorways to the Self

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This post was originally published in Psychology Today. I have been simply, truly, and totally amazed by dreams for the past 40 years. In 1992, it led me to study with Jungian analyst, Dr. Arnold Mindell, which meant leaving my career as a management consultant, moving across the country, and studying full time for over five

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Growth and Decay in Life: What Sustains Us?


“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome.  Its true life is invisible, hidden underground in the rhizome.  The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer.  Then it withers away-an ephemeral apparition.  When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we

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Becoming Self-ish

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Who am I underneath my social role?  Am I the set of expectations from my parents and community? Or am I the response to demands to express certain values that are highly-prized in our culture?  Who am I different and apart from the collective instincts and behaviors that are universal to every human? These are

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Ellen De Generes Said It

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“All of us, whether we are in this business or not, have little voices that tell us we’re not good enough, and we don’t deserve it.” Ellen De Generes Yes, that Ellen!  The one who is about to host the Oscars, who has an award-winning, wildly popular daytime talk show, a lovely marriage and a

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Radical Wholeness in Depth Psychotherapy

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As Fall begins, many people find themselves considering therapy as the vacations and other sunny distractions are over and the pressing concerns they thought they had left behind in the Spring begin to re-emerge. From those who have not been in therapy before, I sometimes hear a fear of what they might “find,” implying that

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one flower growing before others

“Individuation, therefore, can only mean a process of psychological development that fulfills the individual qualities given; in other words, it is a process by which a man becomes the definite, unique being he in fact is.  In so doing he does not become “selfish” in the ordinary sense of the word, but is merely fulfilling

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