Extreme States with Michael Cornwall, PhD | Jung and the World


From Jung and the World: “Michael is a Jungian Psychotherapist specializing in helping clients through extreme states (psychosis) for over 40 years. Amongst other things we talk about the medical model and its approach towards extreme states, some of his own experiences as a youth, his work with John Weir Perry, Perry and Jung, the approach towards extreme states developed through Diabasis House, and love. There is something profound in this approach towards extreme states.”

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“Amongst other things we talk about the beginnings of the Agnews project (which was born at Esalen and through the contributions of many of the pioneers of the human potential movement at Esalen including R.D. Laing. Aldous Huxley, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers and others). We then talk about Michael’s research on Diabasis House and his experiences working at IWard. Towards the end of this conversation we get onto Dionysus from myth and its relevance to extreme states.”

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  1. Some quotes from Carl Jung worth remembering:

    “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”

    “To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem.”

    “The world will ask you who you are, and if you don’t know, you the world will tell you.”

    “The shoe for one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all.”

    “The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.”

    “We should not pretend to understand the world by intellect alone; we apprehend it just as much by feeling.”

    “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

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