Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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From fate and yearnings to lessons learned.
Dale M. Kushner
Four poets help us explore the complex dynamic between mothers and daughters. "The material here is for the deepest intimacy and the most powerful estrangement.” –Adrienne Rich
"The primary relationship between women is the relationship of mother and daughter."—Kathie Carlson. Understanding that bond through 3 perspectives: personal, feminist, archetypal.
"Behind the personal father whom we know and to whom we relate, lies an innate psychological structure which influences the way we experience him.”—Andrew Samuels
Most of us lie and most of us know when we’re lying. But how many of us have examined why we lie?
Our capacity to be enchanted is crucial to our mental, spiritual, and perhaps even our physical well-being. Let's revisit the meaning of enchantment and make it part of our lives.
Love need not depend on others. Mindfulness teacher Sharon Salzberg shares advice on how to own your experience of love.
To sustain hope when the odds are against us, we must look beyond self-determination and self-improvement to what I call the "daily miraculous."
How do cruelty and meanness get normalized?
Loss of job, ostracism, impoverishment, humiliation: the cost of speaking truth to power can be intimidating. What determines whether we remain silent or stand up and speak out?
New research in behavioral epigenetics is revealing the way in which the effects of trauma may be transferred through multiple generations.
Childhood traumas can be paralyzing. I share how I have coped with one that still detonates strong feelings.
Fear is hard-wired into us, but unlike other animals we can confront, reflect on and disable our fears.
Fairy tales are simple stories that can serve as guides to the archetypal patterns in our unconscious minds. Use your favorite to discover and write you own custom fairy tale.
Like most fairy tales, Snow White uses archetypes — the innocent princess, the evil stepmother — to illustrate and teach us about universal aspects of human nature.
Let's take another look at the Myth of Narcissus and take pains to distinguish "healthy" from "unhealthy" narcissism.
When do you feel safe? In this anxious time, I take an informal survey of the many things that make us feel safe and unsafe.
Why do we assign blame and accuse others of causing misfortune? Carl Jung believed we project onto others what we deny about ourselves.
The crippling grief I experienced after my sister's recent death led me to investigate current research about grief and discover how transformative it can sometimes be.
For a nine-year-old in New Jersey, the confessions of a 13-year-old German girl to her diary were life-changing.
How do we handle the internal conflict that arises when events contradict deeply held beliefs? Protecting ourselves against self-deception is critical in our "Post-Fact World."
How can we avoid the "failure of imagination" we ascribe to our inability to foresee an upcoming catastrophe. Could our dreams unlock the imagination and empathy we're missing?
Freud and Jung arrived at quite different conclusions about the meaning of our dreams; try Jung’s “active imagination” technique to begin to understand yours.
What do our dreams mean? Jungian analysis contends that our dreams can help us solve problems and offer keys to our inner self.
What makes Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are such a transcendent reading experience for children of all ages? Perhaps Jung's archetype of transformation can explain.
How do we explain the mystery of attraction to a person, or our special attachment to a pet. My encounter with a "lady with a dog" reminded me of Chekhov's famous story.
Environments can increase or reduce our stress and anxiety. “Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” —E. O. Wilson
Why have witches always been with us? Learn how archetypes can help you cope with destructive influences.
What can fictional characters teach you about survival? I learned four principles of survival from the characters in my first novel, but only after I had finished writing.
Do you have a sacred place? A visit to Epidaurus revealed the power and meaning of sacred spaces. Recalling that visit suggested five ways you can develop your own sacred space.
Sometimes we're great at listening to others, but tone-deaf to the loud summons from our inner voice. Attending to prompts from the unconscious pays off!
Dale M. Kushner, MFA, is author of the novel The Conditions of Love, and an investigator of the intersection between creativity, healing, and spirituality.