Fairy tales have been passed on in one form or another for generations. The ones that survive the centuries help the crucial wisdom of humanity. How does the fairy tale speak to an individual's growth and transformation through the lifecycle? The need to relate to these classic stories is timeless and Steven Sondheim's production and Disney's upcoming release of Into the Woods is a fresh invitation to revisit these timeless tales.
From childhood into our adult years we encounter hopes, dreams, and beliefs that become suppressed and push mystery and deep meaning out of our daily lives. Fairy tales are like a golden road leading us back to a deeper encounter with ourselves.
Stories we hear from childhood shape our consciousness. Leaving home, slaying giants, dragons and wolves. All of these are valuable lessons - the heroes' journey taking on the impossible task of achieving success, listening to nature or the quiet voice inside, trusting our intuition, being grounded or avoiding pride.
In Into the Woods we are warned...
"Be wary of scapegoating of individuals or groups" - the witch, the giant and Jack all experience being the scapegoat.
"Be wary of polarizing issues into all good or all bad" - the more we demonize a witch or a giant the more problematic the extremes become.
"Be wary of our culture losing touch with nature" - for it is through nature that healing usually comes.
Hear Dr. Steve Buser, Jungian Psychiatrist and Publisher at Chiron Publication discuss The Psychology of Fairy Tales and Into the Woods in this live interview on WUNC N.C. Public Radio.
Into the Woods reminds us as children and adults of our hopes, dreams, and beliefs that something magical can and will happen. Going deep into the mysterious woods can represent our collective unconscious where we must go to face our fears, as well as grow and become mature adults.
Disney's release of Into the Woods, a humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford and Johnny Depp as the Wolf), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.
From Cinderella to Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood to Jack and the Bean Stalk, fairy tales provide life examples that speak to our cultural struggles to achieve collective growth.
Additional Chiron Publications titles which focus on the psychology of fairy tales:
Twice-told Tales: The Psychological Use of Fairy Tales, by Hans Diedkmann; Snow White, Life Almost Lost by Theodore Seifert, and In the Ever After – Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life by Allan B. Chinen.
The Asheville Jung Center has recently concluded a five-part webinar series of in-depth analysis on "The Psychology of Fairy Tales" that is still available at http://ashevillejungcenter.org/fairytales.
These courses meet the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for MFT's & LCSW's as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (Provider #4958) Please contact your state (or international) licensing board to determine your board's specific requirements.
Chiron Publications, founded in 1983, managed by two Jungian-oriented, practicing psychiatrists, Leonard Cruz, MD and Steve Buser, MD., publishes more than 145 titles including recent releases like Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Rule Our Lives, by Dr. James Hollis, best-selling authors of 13 previous books. Chiron Publications books emphasize Jungian approaches to mythology, literature, clinical practice, religion, feminism, literature, fairy tales, and gender issues. Chiron is gaining international attention with the recent release of an English translation a biography of Emma Jung and a book by the late, Erich Neumann on the brother motif in the story of Jacob and Essau (Summer 2015). In 2015, Chiron will launch innerQuest a new imprint that will publish a wider array of titles designed to provide tools for inner development.
The Asheville Jung Center founded in 2008 by two Jungian-oriented, practicing psychiatrists, Leonard Cruz, MD and Steve Buser, MD, is an international conferencing company providing internet video seminars, webinars, web-streaming archives, DVD recordings, continuing education credit, and provides opportunities to interact with a global community of Jungian Analysts for dynamic content to aide in your innerQuest.
The Asheville Jung Center is a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) – Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC – approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible of all aspects of the program (Provider # 6594).
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