Omens And Oracles

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Using depth psychology to develop a globally rooted psychoanalytic perspective, Jerry Kroth explores the psychological underpinnings of events, conflicts, and changes that may have deeper symbolic meanings than we generally suppose. Through his strategy of treating real occurrences as dreams arising from the collective unconscious, Kroth is able to derive clues to the significance of present happenings and identify incidents that have accurately predicted subsequent events.

Beginning with a dream interpretation approach to the Jim Jones phenomenon, Kroth discusses the power of the trickster archetype in American society. In another chapter, he connects the panic following Orson Welles's 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds to a collective dream anticipating the cataclysm of World War II, which was to unfold only eleven months later. In the remaining chapters Kroth sifts through some of the omens and oracles that confront us today, finding many of the same foreboding conclusions. His examination of the Gorbachev revolution from the standpoint of Russian national character and psychohistory yields future scenarios less optimistic than have usually been anticipated. Other topics addressed are the collective dreams and portents encoded in the mass media, the Cambodian disaster as an aspect of the American shadow, and Israel's David-and-Goliath duel with the Palestinians. This incisive work is aimed at alerting us to the fact that consciously perceived events contain vital symbolic information on the psychological state of the union and suggest a number of unsettling future scenarios. Appropriate for general readers as well as classes and studies in clinical psychology, social psychology, cultural anthropology, political science, and related fields.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275938895
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/24/1992
  • Pages: 242
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

JERRY KROTH is an Associate Professor, and Chairman of the Graduate Division of Counseling Psychology and Education, at the University of Santa Clara.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
1 Introduction: Dreamwork and Collective Psychology 1
2 Recapitulating Jonestown 15
3 The Oracle of Orson Welles 33
4 Eagles, Eggs, and Easter: Russian National Character and the Gorbachev Revolution 49
5 Pol Pot and the American Shadow 91
6 Media and Mass Psychology 127
7 Israel: The Masada Complex 147
8 Epilogue 201
Selected Bibliography 215
Index 219
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