Saturday, April 19, 2014

Guilt’s Unacknowledged Role in Mental Health

Guilt’s negative aspects go beyond its deterrence to psychological growth and development. It also affects our mental health and wellbeing. It can make us sick. Guilt is a major cause of depression, anxiety, paranoia and suicide. It is also a significant factor in less common ailments such as hypochondriasis, and other somatoform disorders. This view is not widely held among medical and mental health professionals, despite the fact that they encounter and deal with guilt daily in their practices. In the case of depression, biological and chemical imbalances or psychological factors like loss, grief and failure are emphasized. In our experience, however, these conventional viewpoints both overlook and underestimate guilt’s causal role in these serious disturbances. We have become increasingly conscious not only of the important causal role of guilt in these major psychological disorders but also of the damage it generally inflicts on our mental health and wellbeing. 

Long before The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders had been conceived, Lady Macbeth’s guilt-induced decline into mental disorder and suicide dramatically and accurately portrayed at the extreme the psychological damage that guilt can inflict on the human psyche. Despite Shakespeare’s vivid and accurate portrayal of the dangerous consequences of guilt, and despite commonsensical grounds for belief that the bard got it right, standard and conventional diagnostic criteria often overlook and underestimate the role of guilt in some of our most frequently encountered psychological difficulties. We can see this blind spot in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This important manual, used worldwide by psychiatrists and psychologists to help them diagnose psychological problems, mentions guilt as a diagnostic criterion only in major depressive episodes, depressive personality disorders, and dysthymia, the latter of which being only recently added to the manual. The insignificance of guilt in the manual’s diagnostic scheme is also suggested by the fact that the word guilt is not even in the index. Nor is it listed as a contributing factor to anxiety. Guilt is certainly not generally perceived as a cause of any mental disorder. However, as therapists we can’t avoid the truth that the mere fact of diagnosing someone with a mental disorder induces guilt. Even the need to come to therapy is itself a source of guilt.

One cannot help but wonder why the manual does not stress the importance of guilt, because clerics and therapists have been seeing and dealing with guilt, one way or another, for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Perhaps guilt’s role in mental disorders is muted because it has been viewed primarily as a religious construct. Or perhaps guilt is viewed just as a normal feeling, like grief or disappointment. Or, perhaps they view guilt primarily as a positive factor demonstrating the presence of normal conscience. Finally, they may feel guilt is mainly deserved. Normal or not, deserved or not, guilt is a potentially dangerous feeling that is a ubiquitous threat to our mental health and wellbeing. While we cannot fully explain the virtual absence of guilt’s role in the official pantheon of mental disorders, we do know it is a serious threat to mental health.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Poetry Reading at Pacifica Graduate Institute

On April 23, 2014 the Pacifica Graduate Institute Bookstore invites you to help celebrate three new poetry publications on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 PM, at the Ladera Campus Lobby.

Poetry Readings & Book Signing - Introduction by Susan Rowland

Feathered Ladder: Selected Poems
by Dennis Patrick Slattery and Brian Landis

Feels Like Home Again: Collected Poems
by Joel Weishaus

Haiku for Aphrodite: Poems
by Evans Lansing Smith

Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus
801 Ladera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
1-805-879-7327 -
Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives,  Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Santa Fe - Lecture & Writers Workshop

On April 25 & 26, 2014 the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts presents a lecture and workshop by Naomi Ruth Lowisnky:

Lecture: Self Portrait with Ghost: The Art of Lament and Redemption & Workshop: Speak, Muse: A Day with the Sister from Below by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky.

About the PresenterNaomi Ruth Lowinsky, Ph.D. lives at the confluence of the River Psyche and the Deep River of poetry. Her book, The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way tells stories of her pushy muse. She is the co-editor, with Patricia Damery, of the new collection Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way. She is also the author of four books of poetry, including the Faust Woman Poems. Her poetry and prose has been widely published and she is the winner of the Obama Millennium Award. She is an analyst member of the San Francisco Institute and has for years led a writing circle there, called Deep River.

April 25 - Lecture: Self Portrait with Ghost: The Art of Lament and Redemption

"Let us build the bond of community so that the living and the dead image will become one and the past will live on in the present…." C.G. Jung                      

"Often I have such a great longing for myself. I know that the path ahead still stretches far; but in my best dreams I see the day when I shall stand and greet myself." Rainer Maria Rilke

When you lose three children, your home and your country, how do you go on? If you are Emma Hoffman, a gifted painter in the impressionist tradition, you paint. Those paintings continue to speak of the redemptive power of art to Hoffman's granddaughter, Naomi Ruth Lowinsky. Years ago, when she was in analytic training at the San Francisco Institute, Lowinsky had a dream in which she was told: "On your way to Jung's house you must first stop at your grandmother's house and gather some of her paintings."

Lowinsky was the first child born in the New World to a family of German Jewish refugees from the Shoah. She had a special tie with her only surviving grandparent, whom she knew as Oma. Oma taught her that making art can be a way to transmute grief, a way to bear the unbearable. A series of self-portraits, portraits of family, landscapes, interior scenes of the houses in which she lived, reflects her lamentations, her wandering, her search for redemption. Lowinsky understood her dream to mean that she had to follow the path of her own creativity. She did not know then that the dream would turn out to be literally true as well. She would need to put her art - her poetry - at the service of her grandmother's paintings. Her grandmother's spirit would demand it. Her opus would need to intersect with her Oma's, and together they'd make their way to Jung's house.

This presentation is the result of an ongoing dialogue between Hoffman and Lowinsky's art. She will weave together Emma Hoffman's story and paintings, her own poetry and prose, and her reflections on Jung's Red Book as an example of the "art of lament and redemption," a form she calls "Jungian Memoir."

April 26, 2014 - Workshop: Speak, Muse: A Day with the Sister from Below

"The spirit of the depths forced me to speak to my soul, to call upon her as a living and self existing being." C.G. Jung

In this writing workshop Naomi Ruth Lowinsky will introduce her muse, the shape shifting Sister from Below, and invite her to inspire your writing practice. With the Sister's help she will facilitate an imaginative encounter with the stuff of your inner and outer life - your own Jungian Memoir.

The "Sister from Below" is a fierce inner figure. She emerges out of reverie, dream, a fleeting memory, a difficult emotion - she is the moment of inspiration - the muse. This Sister is not about the ordinary business of life: work, shopping, making dinner. She speaks from other realms. If you'll allow, She'll whisper in your ear, lead your thoughts astray, fill you with strange yearnings, get you hot and bothered, send you off on some wild goose chase of a daydream, eat up hours of your time. She's a siren, a seductress, a shape-shifter . . . Why listen to such a troublemaker? Because She is essential to the creative process: She holds thekeys to the doors of our imaginations and deeper life - the evolution of Soul.

Lecture and Workshop are open to those who write and those who want to - bring pen, notebook, and a brown bag lunch.

Friday, April 25, 2014
7:00 9:00 pm
$10 2 CEUs

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10am 4:30pm
$80 6 CEUs

Center for Spiritual Living
505 Camino de los Marquez
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

For information contact Jacqueline Zeller Levine 1-505-989-1545

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Just Published - A Cast of Coins

March 21, 2014

Just Published by il piccolo editions

A Cast of Coins
Poems by Phyllis Stowell

A Cast of Coins derives from contemplation of the language and images encountered in the I CHING, an ancient Chinese text used for divination. Those who are unfamiliar with the I CHING (or Yi Jing) The Book of Changes, will be able to read the poems as poems without referring to it. However, some knowledge of this text would add a dimension to the reader’s experience. At the core lies an interchange between concept and image taken from nature as well as cultural, social and religious life. A Cast of Coins is a book about messages.

Phyllis Stowell has a PhD in Depth Psychology and Poetry and currently is Co-chair of Friends of the C. G. Jung Institute, San Francisco. She was a founding member of the Saint Mary’s College MFA where she was elected Professor Emerita. She is the author of six volumes of poetry, including Sundered, the bilingual art/poetry book Shield/Bouclier with art by Pacia Sallomi, and co-editor of Appetite: Food as Metaphor: An Anthology of Women Poets.

Product Details
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: il piccolo editions; 1st edition (March 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN 10: 1771690119
ISBN 13: 9781771690119

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Just Published - Feathered Ladder

March 21, 2014

Just Published by il piccolo editions

Feathered Ladder
Selected Poems
by Brian Landis and Dennis Patrick Slattery

Two volumes of poetry have been combined in this special edition il piccolo publication.

“Brian Landis is a master storyteller; Dennis Patrick Slattery a master teacher in the art of writing myth. Both are skillful poets who have teamed to produce this refined volume of poetry. Feathered Ladder speaks brilliantly to me.” —From the Foreword by Stephanie Pope, Cultural Mythologer and poet —

Brian Landis, MA Economics, Denver University, MA Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Luis Obispo, California. His writing has been published internationally, most recently “Duet For Marimba” in Mythopoetry Scholar; and a review of The Beauty Between Words, in Psychological Perspectives. He has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize in poetry.

Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. has been teaching for 44 years, the last 20 at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 20 volumes, including four volumes of poetry: Casting the Shadows: Selected Poems; Just Below the Water Line: Selected Poems; Twisted Sky: Selected Poems; and The Beauty Between Words with Chris Paris. He has co-authored one novel, Simon’s Crossing with Charles Asher. His more recent books includeDay-to-Day Dante: Exploring Personal Myth Through the Divine Comedy; Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story; The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination with Jennifer Selig. His new book, Creases in Culture: Essays Towards a Poetics of Depth was published by Fisher King Press in January 2014. He is completing a work on Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick for publication in 2014. He offers riting retreats on exploring one’s personal myth through the works of Joseph Campbell in the United States and Europe.

Product Details Feathered Ladder: Selected Poems
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: il piccolo editions; 1st edition (March 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN 10: 1771690127
ISBN 13: 9781771690126
Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Early Praise for Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond

Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond, edited by Mark Winborn, brings together Jungian analysts and psychoanalysts from across the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. Jung’s concept of participation mystique is used as a starting point for an in depth exploration of ‘shared realities’ in the analytic setting and beyond. The clinical, narrative, and theoretical discussions move through such related areas as: projective identification, negative coniunctio, reverie, intersubjectivity, the interactive field, phenomenology, neuroscience, the transferential chimera, shamanism, shared reality of place, borderland consciousness, and mystical participation. This unique collection of essays bridges theoretical orientations and includes some of the most original analytic writers of our time (approximately 270 pages). Available June 1st.

"Jung's use of the concept participation mystique has always struck me as among his most original ideas and I could vaguely intuit its relevance to many contemporary developments in psychoanalysis, from projective identification to intersubjectivity to the mysteries of transitional space. Now, thanks to the extraordinary essays in this book, one no longer has to "intuit" this relevance. It is spelled out in beautiful detail by writers with expertise in many facets of our field. The breadth of these essays is truly extraordinary. Reading them has enriched both my personal and professional life. I highly recommend this book."
Donald Kalsched, Ph.D. author of The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit (Routledge, 1996) and Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption (Routledge, 2013).
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"The concept of 'participation mystique' is one that is often considered a somewhat arcane notion disparagingly equated with an unconscious, undifferentiated or 'primitive' dynamic. This collection of outstanding articles from Jungian analysts of different theoretical perspectives and analysts from different schools of depth psychology redeems this concept and locates it as central to depth work, regardless of one’s theoretical orientation. What may seem like an ethereal notion becomes grounded when explored from the perspective of the clinical, the experiential and the theoretical. Linking participation mystique to the more clinical concepts of projective identification, unitary reality, empathy, the intersubjective field and the neurosciences and locating this dynamic in the field of the transference and counter-transference, brings this concept to life in a refreshingly clear and related manner. In addition, each author does so in a very personal manner. 
"This book provides the reader with a wonderful example of amplification of participation mystique, linking many diverse threads and fibers to form an image, which, while it reveals its depth and usefulness, nevertheless maintains its sense of mystery. This book is a true delight for anyone intrigued by those “moments of meeting”, moments of awe, when the ineffable becomes manifest, when we feel the shiver down our spine, be it in our work or in a moment of grace as we sit quietly in nature. Shared Realities offers nourishment for the clinician, for the intellect and, most importantly, for the soul. I highly recommend it!"
Tom Kelly - President, International Association for Analytical Psychology and Past-President, Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.

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Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mark Winborn - Bringing the Blues to Austin, Texas April 4th.

Fisher King Press author Mark Winborn, PhD will be presenting material from his book Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey to the Austin Jung Society of Friday April 4th from 7 - 9 pm Trinity United Methodist Church, Sanctuary, Speedway - Avenue F Alley, Austin,TX 78751. Reservations

The presentation will explore the archetypal journey of the human psyche through an examination of the blues as a musical genre. The genesis, history, and thematic patterns of the blues are examined from an archetypal perspective and various analytic theories – especially the interaction between Erich Neumann’s concept of unitary reality and the blues experience. Mythological and shamanistic parallels are used to provide a deeper understanding of the role of the bluesman, the blues performance, and the innate healing potential of the music. Universal aspects of human experience and transcendence are revealed through the creative medium of the blues.

In our increasingly isolated and technologically engrossed culture there are fewer and fewer opportunities to move into these shared experiences of unitary reality in which the bubble of our individualism is pierced allowing a felt, relational connection to our environment and those around us. The blues encourages movement into a deeper communion with our own emotional life, especially the more difficult emotions that are often shunned in our relentless pursuit of happiness, material acquisition, and activities designed to occupy time rather than expand soul. Often it is by moving into and through sadness that we can be released into an experience of joy. The blues facilitates this process. In this regard the bluesman, by communicating feelings in song that resonate within the listener, serves as a modern day shaman who heals through the ritual of music. The blues originated in experiences of trauma, oppression, and enslavement but now serves to liberate our emotional lives and facilitate a deeper union with our environment and those around us.

The presentation will be augmented by visual images, audio recordings, and video to deepen the audience’s involvement in the themes explored.

Mark Winborn, PhD, NCPsyA is a Jungian Psychoanalyst and Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Winborn is a training and supervising analyst of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is also affiliated with the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and the International Association for Analytical Psychology. In 2011 Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey was published by Fisher King Press. Dr. Winborn maintains a private practice in Memphis, Tennessee where he is also currently the Training Coordinator for the Memphis Jungian Seminar – a training seminar of the IRSJA. His edited book Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond has an anticipated release date of June 1, 2014.

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Pixies Have Come Out to Play

Advance Press Release for March 15, 2014

Just Published by Genoa House

When the Pixies Come Out to Play: A Play Therapy Primer
By Lois Carey

When the Pixies Come Out to Play: A Play Therapy Primer is the work of a true master of the craft of sandplay therapy informed by Jungian theory and the pioneering work of Dora Kallf with whom Lois Carey studied. Woven into the exquisite  tapestry of this lovely book is history and theory of the method, rich case material told in a warm and moving voice which reflects the extraordinary empathy of this remarkable sandplay and play therapist . . . A wealth of information packed into a highly readable book that just like the author herself will be a cherished gift to us all for a long time to come.” —David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S Clinical Director

A collection of essays and articles written over a 30 year span by a seasoned sandplay therapist. Lois J. Carey is the training director and supervisor of the Center for Sandplay Studies. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work; licensed clinical social worker in New York, Fellow in NY State Clinical Social Work Psychotherapists.; clinical member New York Assn. of Marriage and Family Therapists; Registered Play Therapist Supervisor of the Association for Play Therapy and a Registered Play Therapist.  She is past-president of the NY Association for Play Therapy. Post grad studies in Sandplay in Switzerland and California with Dora Kalff as well as Martin Kalff and in New York with Genevieve Geer. Part of her training has also been in Art Therapy from a Jungian perspective. She has presented Sandplay and Art Therapy throughout the United States, in Europe, South Africa and Greece. She is the author of numerous articles and several books.

"The metaphor that comes to mind as I read this book is that of the aboriginal painting—a large canvas of lots of varied sized and colored dots which represents a map of the territory. This book provides an extensive map of the territory, that is Play Therapy, Child Therapy and sand play as it applies to children, with a particular Jungian slant. I would recommend this to practitioners and students who can learn from its wisdom." —Aideen Taylor de Faoite, author of Narrative Play Therapy: Theory and Practice.

"When Pixies Come Out to Play is a wonderful book for any clinician who uses creative mediums in their therapeutic work. It is a book that provides a back drop to understanding art therapy, play therapy and sandplay from a Jungian perspective. It provides a history and theoretical framework to create context and a lens to view the work through." —Majella Ryan, Biodynamic and Integrative Psychotherapist, Child Psychotherapist.

1. Overview of Play Therapy
2. Jungian Theory
3. Jungian Sandplay Therapy
4. Art as Therapy
5. Three Methods of Sandplay Therapy
6. Supervision for Sandplay Therapists
7. Sandplay, Art, and Play Therapy to Promote Anxiety Reduction
8. Ages and Stages of Child Development
9. The Mind/Body Connection in Sandplay

10. Sandplay Therapy with a Troubled Child
11. Violence and Trauma in Sandplay Issues in Healing
12. Case of BD
13. Attachment and Loss: The Bereaved or Attachment Disordered Child in Sandplay Therapy
14. A Dog Called Sweetheart
15. Sexual Abuse: Historical Comments
16. Sexual Abuse Defined
17. Assessment of the Sexually Abused Child
18. The Acting-out Child
19. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

20. Family Sandplay Therapy
21. Family Genograms in Play Therapy and Sandplay
22. Puppetry in Family Therapy
23. One Family’s Sandplay Journey
24. Death of a Parent or Grandparent
25. A Case of Suicide
26. Cultural Diversity
27. Spirituality in Sandplay Therapy

28. Symbols and Archetypes in Sandplay Therapy
29. Sandplay and the Great Mother Archetype
30. Dismemberment and Healing in The Wisdom of the Serpent
31. A Commentary: Symbols in Alice in Wonderland

Product Details
When the Pixies Come Out to Play: A Play Therapy Primer
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Genoa House; 1st edition (March 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1926975111
ISBN-13: 9781926975115

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles.