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Archetypes

An archetype is a universal role, motif, or pattern of behavior that evokes meaning and can be copied in a way that we all understand. Archetypes are often used in storytelling, myths, plays, and spiritual teachings across cultures: the fairy godmother, the wise old man, the magician, the outlaw, the caregiver, the jester. In psychology, archetypes were brought to light by Swiss psychotherapist Carl Jung, who believed that archetypes are human patterns emerging from our collective unconscious that transcend the individual and connect us all. Jung described four types of archetypes that allow us to find wholeness: persona, shadow, anima/animus, and self. Many people have utilized all forms of archetypes to help create ways to understand ourselves, our behaviors, and our identities.

The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By

A modern classic of Jungian psychology, The Hero Within has helped hundreds of thousands of people enrich their lives by revealing how to tap the power of the archetypes that exist within. Drawing from literature, anthropology, and psychology, author Carol S.

Ring of Power

A vivid grasp of the story and the characters in “The Ring of Niebelung” brings Richard Wagner’s mythic four-opera cycle to life.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology.

Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey

Highly innovative work presenting a piercing interpretation of the tarot in terms of Jungian psychology. Through analogy with the humanities, mythology and the graphic arts, the significance of the cards is related to personal growth and individuation.

Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey

Deep Blues explores 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.

Tarot and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light

This highly innovative work presents a piercing interpretation of the tarot in terms of Jungian psychology. Through analogies to the humanities, mythology, and the graphic arts, the significance of the cards is related to personal growth and what Jung termed “individuation.

The Divine Child and the Hero: Inner Meaning in Children's Literature

A meaningful meditation for parents, educators, counselors, social workers, and literary readers interested in the spiritual archetypes of classic children's literature.

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