Depth Psychology for Social Healing


From Psychology Today/Kirk J. Schneider, PhD: “In the face of the social crises that afflict our world, we find ourselves standing at a crucial crossroads. These challenges are vast and multifaceted, ranging from political polarization and environmental degradation to mental health crises and societal inequalities. We must call upon a profound understanding of human nature and behavior to navigate these treacherous waters and bring about meaningful transformation. We must rally behind the banner of depth psychology.

Depth psychology, with its roots in the works of luminaries like Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Otto Rank, delves beneath the surface of our conscious minds to explore the hidden realms of our psyche. It recognizes the interconnectedness of our thoughts, emotions, dreams, and experiences, seeking to unveil the underlying forces that shape our actions and beliefs.

Today, we stand at a juncture where our collective consciousness yearns for a new paradigm that transcends the limitations of superficial fixes and empowers us to confront the root causes of our social distress. Depth psychology illuminates the shadows within us and society, exposing the repressed traumas, fears, and aspirations manifesting in destructive patterns.”

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  1. I don’t seem this kind of writing really belongs on this site. It seems like a PR message for a certain genre of psychologist / approach, without a balanced look at high quality evidence and cautionary tales. It’s in essence not very empowering to those struggling with mental health.

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    • I hear you and acknowledge your perspective. However, to get fuller details on this “call” that potentially could relate very much to people struggling with mental health issues–check the link in the article (if you haven’t already) to the “Corps of Depth Healers” YouTube channel. You also might look into my recent book “Life-Enhancing Anxiety: Key to a Sane World” where I directly address my own struggle with mental health issues and those of others I’ve worked with. Both the channel and the book are closely related, but the larger issue is whether mental health workers will rally to the cause of bringing a depth approach to social healing, and whether powers that be, like the government, will support that. Our current approaches are certainly not working as well as they could and should be, I think many here would agree.

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  2. If “depth psychology” were worth its salt, it would have discovered past lives by now.
    The fact that it has not (Jung got close!) has condemned it to the great sinkhole of failed practices. If its proponents got a real backbone, it might amount to something some day.

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