How can we cope when life turns very dark? The culture tends to suggest we fix ourselves, work through the grief, and get back to normal as quickly as possible.
If we accept the challenge to go deeper, though, getting up close with the darkness of life can be enriching and freeing.
Ancient and non-Western cultures tend to offer more routes into the “underworld”. Jungian psychotherapist Dr Joanna LaPrade is the author of a new book called Forged In Darkness, in which she explores how myth and stories can help us navigate our way through the shadows.
In this episode Joanna shares stories and real-life examples to help you understand your own darkness. She and Andrew discuss:
- Creating your own rituals to deal with darkness
- Generational darkness: millennials and failure, babyboomers and shame.
- The transformative experience of suffering
Dr Joanna LaPrade is an author, educator and Jungian psychotherapist. She has a private practice in Colorado U.S.A.
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