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Episode 55 - Identifying & Integrating the Personal Shadow

This Jungian Life

Release Date: 04/18/2019

Episode 174 - Time & Truth About Its Use show art Episode 174 - Time & Truth About Its Use

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Guest Oliver Burkeman states in his new book, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, that “outrageous brevity is life’s defining problem.” At age 80 you’ll have had a paltry 4,000 weeks. Such brevity is breathtaking, so we create defenses against the reality of finitude. We distract ourselves with the belief that fulfillment lies in the future, that plans and goals prove purpose.

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Episode 173 - The Cosmic Meaning of Consciousness show art Episode 173 - The Cosmic Meaning of Consciousness

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In Answer to Job, Jung states, “Whoever knows God has an effect on him.” If, as Jung claims, individual human consciousness affects God, what we are matters in a monumental way. Pursuing individuation not only sets our personality in right order, it permits our personal experiences to enrich the collective unconscious.

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Episode 172 - Archetypes show art Episode 172 - Archetypes

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Although the concept of archetypes has philosophical ancestors, Jung’s theory was developed over time and rested on a foundation that was scientific and empirical. Research and experiment enabled Jung to establish the autonomous activity of the unconscious.

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Episode 171 - Paying Attention: What Are You Spending It On? show art Episode 171 - Paying Attention: What Are You Spending It On?

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We plainly pay attention, using the finite currency of time and energy issued in the 24-hour increments that add up to a life—well spent? We have choices and constraints about how we allocate our attention, and today’s world competes fiercely for it in unprecedented ways. No wonder, for power is the ability to command or hijack attention, even if it warps reality with untruths

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Episode 170 - Letting Go: When Is It Time? show art Episode 170 - Letting Go: When Is It Time?

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In the first half of life we strive to develop ego strength and achieve our dreams. To want, will and work is worthwhile and adaptive--until a life dream, relationship, or identity fades or fails. Should we hang in and hang on--or let go? When does perseverance become pointless, or hope turn rancid in refusal to accept disappointment, defeat, or depression?

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Episode 169 - Threshold: Moving Between the Realms show art Episode 169 - Threshold: Moving Between the Realms

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In medieval times, the threshold was a plank that kept barnyard “threshings” outside the house. In the sciences a threshold is the limit of magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a definitive change to occur. In human development life stage thresholds are marked and recognized through ritual. In psychoanalytic work the symbol is the threshold—a visible but not literal representation that calls consciousness to apprehend a larger, unseen reality.

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Episode 168 - The Unspoken Wounding of Men show art Episode 168 - The Unspoken Wounding of Men

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The central archetype of a man’s psyche was once recognized as sacred. Its urgent, dynamic, and fertilizing power was split off with the rise of ascetic monotheism and banished to the unconscious. When claimed, it revitalizes a man’s spirit and set him in vigorous relationship with himself and others – if not, it palls his potential.

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Episode 167 - Extroversion show art Episode 167 - Extroversion

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Although Jung’s theory of typology is the foundation of various personality assessments, it is important to appreciate its profundity as Jung’s theory of consciousness. The four functions of consciousness - sensation, intuition, thinking and feeling - are governed by two attitudes, extraversion and introversion. Jung defines extraversion as “an attitude type characterized by concentration of interest on the external object.

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Episode 166 - The Power of NO show art Episode 166 - The Power of NO

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Toddlers have ready access to no as they discover the power of me—the start of a lifelong process of differentiating self from all that is other. When are personal needs, desires, and selfhood the priority? When does caring about others, the need to belong, and toeing the line take precedence?

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Episode 165 - Risk & Reality: When Fear Traps Us show art Episode 165 - Risk & Reality: When Fear Traps Us

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We can’t help knowing that something bad could happen if we do X…or Y…or maybe Z. Like Odysseus steering his ship between sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis, we must navigate between risk avoidance and recklessness. One keeps us out of life; the other jeopardizes wellbeing. In pre-modern times life in the external world was fraught with danger and risk; in the modern world, the consequences of risk are more often internal.

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The personal shadow is created as a normal part of development, as we learn what behaviors, values and feelings are not acceptable in our family, school, or religious tradition. In order to be accepted by needed significant others, parts of ourselves have to be split off from consciousness and are therefore relegated to the unconscious as shadow. A major part of becoming more whole is discovering these exiled parts of ourselves and integrating the feelings they carry. Deb, Lisa and Joseph discuss some of the ways that shadow can be confronted and given a place at the table of consciousness.

 

The Dream:

I’m in my Dad’s wood shop, in the basement of the home where I grew up. I need to unscrew a panel on a metal box, and I’m finding the right screwdriver. The first one I pick up is too small, Mom hands me a better-sized one, a Phillips head with four fins. Somehow it is a very large size, and I notice the fins on the head are rusty. I sand away some of the rust on one of the fins, but when I come to the second, it is covered in masking tape. Instead of peeling off the tape, I try to sand away the masking tape, but the sandpaper continues to sand into the screwdriver fin itself, which is somehow made of corrugated cardboard. I am puzzled. I feel a pit in my stomach, like I’ve made a mistake. I find that only the first of the four fins is made of metal, the rest are cardboard. I “undo” (like you would on a computer) to get back to where I was after sanding the metal fin. The cardboard fins are intact again and I’m relieved. I then unscrew and open the panel of the box.