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Dissociation and Addiction: The Dilemma of Emotion

This article is now available in the March, 2014 edition of Sober World Magazine (p. 28). The summary and references for this article is provided below: Here I am observing the occurrence of addiction as both an individual and collective experience.  Addiction can be seen as a cyclical, chronic compulsion overwhelming the psyche to seek and use … [Continue]

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Fantasy, Imagination, and Desire: The Ego and Metaphor

Though I am distinguishing fantasy from imagination, we are delving into the application of metaphor and the ego’s involvement. As my posts reflect the writing, literature and topics of my dissertation, here I am focusing on an element of my research. I introduced the concept of metaphor from a Jungian orientation on July 29, 2012, in Metaphor and … [Continue]

Spirituality and Addiction: The Bypass of Emotion

For many who struggle with addiction, spirituality can be a part of the journey towards finding sobriety. From a depth psychological perspective, spirituality is the search for wholeness within the psyche. As Corbett (2011) explains “in the broadest sense of the word, everyone has a spirituality of some kind, although not necessarily belief in a … [Continue]

Addiction, Allegory, and the Unconscious

Datson (2013) wrote on an intriguing topic of metaphor and allegory, titled "Musings on Metaphor and Allegory" at Soul Spelunker. What intrigues me is how the expressed symbol (through metaphor) may be evoked from what is read, alluding to the hermeneutic process. Quilligan (1979) informed "all true narrative allegory has its source in a cultures … [Continue]

The Struggle Towards Compassion

I have been interested in how societal interpretations regarding the individual, the addict, might be constructed in addition to the concept of compassion towards those who are addicted. Mooney (2005) informed, “public compassion matters even if quantified evidence to prove this point is scant” (p. 140). Yet when does an individual ever hold … [Continue]

Alchemy: A Deeper Metaphor

Metaphor and symbols slowly bring me closer to the topic of alchemy. I did quite a bit of research on alchemy for my dissertation, along with addiction. Alchemy provides rich philosophical, psychological material closely linked to metaphor. My goal here is to provide a brief overview along the path delving into the specific operations of alchemy … [Continue]