They say writing is hard. Why? Meaning, why is writing hard, but also why do they say it is? Or rather if we want to go deep, let's apply a Socratic spin and rephrase the question: Is writing hard because 'they' say it is? Or, do 'they' say writing is hard because it is? I … Continue reading Brownie bites: Freudian writing pains
And the story goes...A Lord returns home to his castle. His faithful wolfhound greets him with tail-wagging capering. The Lord notices blood slathered all over the dogs muzzle but the dog doesn't seem to mind or notice; he is acting completely normal. The Lord finds this strange and so hurries into his castle. He is … Continue reading Brownie bites: don’t kill the wrong thing
Another semester is beginning, and the following essay - reprinted with Mr. Stone's permission- reminds me of why I write this blog, and why I willingly do full mark-ups on 200+ papers a semester, yet get up before dawn to carve out my own writing time. Yes, the essay is unabashedly complimentary, and I am … Continue reading Brownie bites: ENG 112 Student Essay-Guest Post
Today the planet is the only proper "in group" ( Campbell). Please enjoy this lovely Guardian article by Gillian Monks ( link below). He discusses the archetypal influences of this most ancient of 'power days' on Christianity. In our hectic, technologically and ideologically driven lives, we forget that we are part of the natural world, … Continue reading Brownie bites: Happy solstice!
As a cisgendered, heterosexual female, I do not pretend to have any knowledge or understanding about other gender identities and sexual orientations. Comprehending Jung’s concept of the Animus/Anima is difficult at best. When we put it in the context of other gender identities and sexual orientations, cogitation becomes pure torture. I have written several drafts … Continue reading Brownie bites: An animessy disclaimer
If the ancients were right that darkness contains intelligence and nourishment and even information, then the person who has eaten some of his or her shadow is more energetic as well as more intelligent. -- Bly The Ego, being highly selective in how it processes information, tends to either deny or defend. Hence, 'you are … Continue reading Brownie Bites: “The Shadow [archetype] knows…if we would but listen”
The Ego wants explanations always in order to assert its experience (Jung, 1973, as qtd. in Frager and Fadiman p. 69). According to both Freud and Jung, we are not born with an Ego. It is "born" out of our unconscious: more specifically out of the Self (Frager and Fadiman 2005, p. 69). To refresh … Continue reading Brownie Bites: Working with the ego
From your father you get your role in the social world...if he's not there [physically or emotionally] its almost impossible to relate effectively from where you are in your family to the outside world. (Campbell as qtd in Osbon 56) Because of the family I was born into, I developed a weak and flawed persona. … Continue reading Brownie Bites: The writer’s persona: get your chutzbah on!
Fundamentally the Persona is nothing real: it is a compromise between individual and society as to what a [person] should appear to be. (Jung as qtd in Frager and Fadiman, 76) The Persona, according to Jung, is the outermost expression of our consciousness and personality. Persona means "mask". It is what and how we present … Continue reading Brownie Bites:Working with the Persona
Jung writes: ‘By psyche I understand the totality of all psychic processes, conscious as well as unconscious’, (CW6 para 797) so we use the term ‘psyche’ rather than ‘mind’, since mind is used in common parlance to refer to the aspects of mental functioning which are conscious. Jung maintained that the psyche is a self-regulating … Continue reading Brownie Bites: Understanding Jung’s Theory of the Psyche