This issue of Jung in Vermont focuses on some of the questions many of us ponder as we reflect on the deeper meaning of our lives and the import of our thoughts, feelings and actions during those quieter moments away from the hustle and bustle busy-ness of the work-a-day world.
We open with the question “why do we do what we do despite our best intentions?” addressed via an exploration of the negatively experienced complex in the Clinical Perspectives paper entitled, Grappling with the Devil: Understanding the Complex.
In Essays the paper, American Exceptionalism from a Jungian Perspective, tackles the issue of “American Exceptionalism” as in “why do we Americans believe we’re so special?” by tracing the roots of this belief in the history and governing documents of this still quite young democratic republic.
Also appearing in Essays is the paper The Psychotherapeutic Relationship and the Healing Archetype with a Special Focus on Michael Conforti’s Archetypal Field Theory, a paper dealing with the intertwined questions “what makes psychotherapy healing?” and “what differentiates Jungian psychotherapy from other psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic approaches?”
New this month is our Profiles section which profiles Vermonters - and non-Vermonters too - who are contributing to the life and vitality of the Jungian community in this state and beyond through their efforts in disseminating information on Jung’s life and work as well as continuing his explorations into psyche and soma.
To balance out the headier pieces in this month’s journal, we include the poems Spirit in Matter and Enchantment in The Arts section.
Our final section, This Month, posts information on Jungian and Jungian-related events happening in Vermont during the month of April. Highlighted this month is the society’s spring presentation in Burlington on April 19th, Psyche and Wilderness: Journeying into the Depths, presented by Dr. Teresa Arendell, Professor of Sociology at Colby College and Diploma Candidate at The C.G. Jung Institute – Boston. Be sure to click on This Month for more information on this presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Looking ahead to May, be sure to check out the Calendar of Events page on our web site at http://JunginVermont.org/ for information (to be posted shortly) on Psyche & Soma: Healing the Mind-Body Split, a presentation being given by Luanne Sberna at The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington on May 27th.
We’d like to remind our readership that we invite member submissions for the e-journal so, if you’re a member and are inspired by your muse to pen an article, poem, etc., we’d be interested in publishing it. Our submission guidelines are simple and can be found on the Calendar of Events/Society Offerings page of our website. If you’re not as yet a member, please consider becoming one - The C.G. Jung Society of Vermont is a non-profit, volunteer organization and relies on membership fees to maintain and build our programming for future events. Membership information can be accessed on the Membership Application page of our website. Don’t have access to the internet or an email address? Call me at 802-860-4921, I’d love to speak with you!
Stephanie Buck, President and Editor