Private Myths

Dreams and Dreaming

Private Myths

Discusses the development of theories relating to dreams and the techniques used for discovering their meaning, reviews the findings of dream science in the areas of psychology, neurology, and biology, looks at how dreams are formed, and provides advice on how to decipher them.

Absence of Myth, The

Dylan Thomas, Julia Kristeva, and Other Speaking Subjects

Absence of Myth, The

Despite contemporary attempts to revive myth, this book argues that we are living in a world without myth and looks at what this means for humankind.

Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them

Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them

Discusses extraordinary dreams and offers suggestions for interpreting and appreciating your own extraordinary dreams.

The Mythic Imagination

The Quest for Meaning Through Personal Mythology

The Mythic Imagination

Mythology is the universal tongue of human imagination. As a tool for self-discovery, mythology is also a way of gaining access to the secrets of the psyche. The Mythic Imagination is a quest for the ancient source of vision and meaning in the world of dream, myth, and archetype. In the footsteps of Joseph Campbell, Stephen Larsen guides the reader on a journey through the mythic landscape of the psyche. His insight is that all of us, at one time or another, are engaged in creating personal mythologies that reflect the larger myths of the culture and our own deepest desires and aspirations. This book is a guide for bringing the deeper mythic structures of experience into awareness, for learning to recognize the archetypal content embedded in our dreams and daydreams, feelings, beliefs, relationships, conscious creations, and behavior. Student and authorized biographer of Joseph Campbell, Larsen teaches us how to bring myth into our lives. Reissue of the Bantam bestseller.

Four Acts of Personal Power

Four Acts of Personal Power

If it weren’t for the immense energy that we put into denying who we are and into perpetuating emotions such as depression, repression, and self-doubt, life would be a continual revelation of joy and well-being. In this inspirational yet down-to-earth book, renowned healer and teacher Denise Linn draws upon her own story, as well as from wisdom she’s gathered from native cultures around the world, to help you heal your past and create a fulfilling future. This book guides you through four profound acts of personal power that assist you in breaking free from negative family and ancestral patterns so that your light can help illuminate the world. It takes only a single breakthrough to restructure your personal history so that you can heal your family tree—both for the generations behind you and those that will follow—which in turn empowers your life. This book shows you how to take that step of self-discovery so you can walk this planet with grace and ease, while experiencing the majesty of your being.

Family Myths

Psychotherapy Implications

Family Myths

Therapists can broaden their point of view and expand their options for treating individuals, couples, and families by understanding family myths. Here is a thorough and unique compilation of current studies on the development, evolution, and clinical implications of family myths. An outstanding group of international experts offers a variety of formulations regarding both personal and family myths in an attempt to bridge the chasms between individual, couple, and family systems dynamics. They focus on the conscious and unconscious elements of families’shared perceptual experiences and their relationship to behavioral, interactional patterns of individuals, couples, and family systems. The detailed descriptions of various clinical approaches to re-editing clients’personal, conjugal, and family myths will be enormously helpful to clinicians, theorists, trainers, and educators.

The Alchemy of Possibility

Reinventing Your Personal Mythology

The Alchemy of Possibility

This book invites readers on a journey rich in images, thoughts, musings, and inner dialogues. Spiritual, psychological, and ecological themes are explored in ways that reveal infinite vistas of possibility. Part oracle, part muse, this book inspires vision and originality, allowing readers to create, define, and live their own personal mythology.

Couples in Collusion

Short-Term, Assessment-Based Strategies for Helping Couples Disarm Their Defenses

Couples in Collusion

When a couple enters therapy, both partners have either explicit or implicit understandings of what can—and, more importantly, cannot—be discussed in therapy. Even when empirically tested assessments are used to help pinpoint areas of concern and conflict, couples may choose to identify only those areas that are relatively safe and do not seriously threaten each partner’s sense of integrity and vulnerability. How is a therapist supposed to proceed when a couple comes in for a tune-up, not realizing that their entire transmission needs to be serviced? Therapists know that some relationships, like some transmissions, can continue to function on some level even without proper care—sometimes even for years—before the couple seeks therapy. If, when they come in, the therapist can help the couples to repair and regain their lost equilibrium, they’ll be more likely to seek help when the transmission next begins to slip. In its clear, precise prose, insightful case studies, and thought-provoking discussion questions, Couples in Collusion lays out guidelines for identifying, understanding, and, dealing with the unspoken agreements and collusive systems that couples build up over time. Clinicians will find each chapter replete with concrete strategies they can use in practice as well as thorough explanations of the assessment tools, suggestions on how to use them, and even advice on how to build the tools’ costs into clinicians’ limited budgets.