Enemy, Cripple, & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s Path
by Erel Shalit
“In Enemy, Cripple, & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s Path, Erel Shalit provides new thoughts and views on the concepts of Hero and Shadow. From a Jungian perspective, Fisher King Press publication elaborates on mythological and psychological images. Myths and fairy tales explored include Perseus and Andersen’s The Cripple. You’ll also enjoy the psychological deciphering of Biblical stories such as Amalek – The Wicked Warrior, Samson – The Impoverished Sun, and Jacob & the Divine Adversary. With the recent discovery of The Gospel of Judas, Dr. Shalit also delves into the symbolic relationship between Jesus and Judas Iscariot to illustrate the hero-function’s inevitable need of a shadow. Clinical material concerning a case of a powerful erotic counter-transference is also an integral part of this deeply insightful body of work.
The Hero is that aspect of our psyche, or in society, who dares to venture into the unknown, into the shadow of the unconscious, bringing us in touch with the darker aspects in our soul and in the world. In fact, it is the hero whom we send each night into the land of dreams to bring home the treasures of the unconscious. He, or no less she, will have to struggle with the Enemy that so often is mis-projected onto the detested Other, learn to care and attend to the Cripple who carries our crippling complexes and weaknesses, and develop respect for the shabby Beggar to whom we so often turn our backs – for it is the ‘beggar in need’ who holds the key to our inner Self.
As with Erel Shalit’s previously published book The Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego, comprehensive views of the concepts and images of the Shadow and the Hero are provided and theory further explored. While directed toward an audience of analysts and Jungian oriented psychotherapists and clinicians, Enemy, Cripple, & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s Path can be comfortably read as well by an informed lay public interested in Analytical Psychology and Psychoanalysis, and by those interested in the interface between psychology and mythology, and psychology and religion.”
He: Understanding Masculine Psychology
by Robert A. Johnson
Robert A. Johnson, noted lecturer and Jungian analyst, updates his classic exploration of the meaning of being a man, and adds insight for both sexes into the feminine side of a man’s personality.
Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women
by Sylvia Brinton Perera
Sylvia Brinton Perera, M.A., is a Jungian analyst who lives, practices, teaches, and writes in New York and Vermont and lectures worldwide. Originally trained as an art historian, she earned her M.A. in psychology and graduated from the Jung Institute of New York. Her publications include Descent to the Goddess; The Scapegoat Complex; Dreams, A Portal to the Source (with E. Christopher Whitmont); Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction and The Irish Bull God: Image of the Multiform and Integral Masculine.
Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego
by Erel Shalit
Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Ra’anana, Israel, and the Director of the Jungian Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University. He is past president of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology. He is the author of several publications, including The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey; Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return; Enemy, Cripple & Beggar; The Hero and His Shadow; and The Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego, and The Dream and its Amplification (ed., with Nancy Swift Furlotti). Articles of his have appeared in many journals, among others Quadrant, The Jung Journal, Spring, and Midstream. He has entries in The Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. ‘Silence is the center of feeling,’ an interview with Erel Shalit, appears in Robert and Janis Henderson’s “Living with Jung” volume 3. He has contributed the chapter on Jerusalem in Thomas Singer’s book Psyche and the City: A Soul’s Guide to the Modern Metropolis. Dr. Shalit lectures at professional institutes, universities and cultural forums in Israel, Europe, and the United States.
Begun in 1995 by Jungian analyst Don Williams, The Jung Page provides online educational resources for the Jungian community around the world. With the cooperation and generosity of analysts, academics, independent scholars and commentators, and the editors of several Jungian journals, The Jung Page provides a place to encounter innovative writers and to enter into a rich, ongoing conversation about psychology and culture.
In January, 2006, Don entrusted this site to the care of The Jung Center of Houston, Texas. The Center maintains this site in service to your desire to facilitate personal growth and development, to open to deepened insight, and to connect with others. In the isolation which the conditions of modern life and the advent of cyberspace often beget, we serve community by connecting people. Each of us have a separate journey, but there are many others on that journey with us. Our desire is to help people connect both to the life giving resources of the psyche, and with others seeking consonant direction and renewal.
Carl Jung was one of the creators of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us. He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, anima and animus, personality typology, dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas. He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey. His method of interpretation of symbolic expression not only deepens our understanding of personal material, opening the psychodynamics of our personal biographies and dreams, but the deeper, collective patterns which develop within culture as well. In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote that meaning comes when people feel they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya (illusion) compared to that one thing, that your life is meaningful.