Motherhood is the true hero’s journey—which is to say that it can be as harrowing as it is joyful, and enlightening as it is exhausting. For Jungian psychoanalyst Lisa Marchiano, this journey is not just an adventure of diaper bags and parent-teacher conferences, but one of intense self-discovery.
In Motherhood, Marchiano draws from a deep well of Jungian analysis and symbolic research to present a collection of fairy tales, myths, and fables that evoke the spiritual arc of raising a child from infancy through adulthood. After all, this kind of storytelling has always been one of the most important conduits of humanity’s collective wisdom—and Marchiano provides each tale alongside keen insights into the timeless archetypes they represent.
Balanced with real-life case stories from Lisa’s own practice and in-depth questions for personal reflection, Motherhood explores how events like pregnancy, the calamities of childhood, and the empty-nest experience are invitations to an adventure into the wild frontier of your own soul. Here you will discover:
• How the challenges of motherhood send you on journeys into your innermost source
• Seeing the value of conflict with your child even while working to solve it
• “The dark passage” of confronting and dispelling the energy of childhood wounds
• “The thirteenth fairy”—how to recognize when we are resisting inconvenient or uncomfortable truths
• Understanding how anger, rage, and aggression arise in parental relationships
• Recognizing the ways that you have been taught to ignore your deepest instincts
• How to navigate the inevitable periods of grief that accompany your child’s many life changes
• Why much of successful mothering requires surrendering your sense of control
With Lisa’s gentle but straightforward guidance, you’ll return from this inner journey in possession of the treasured knowledge needed to clarify your values, embrace your disowned parts, and claim the mantle of motherhood in the full bloom of your empowerment.
|Publisher:||Sounds True, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Lisa Marchiano, LCSW, is a clinical social worker, certified Jungian analyst, and a nationally certified psychoanalyst. She cohosts This Jungian Life, a podcast devoted to exploring current topics through the lens of depth psychology. She lives in Philadelphia. For more, see lisamarchiano.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Journey to the Source 1
Part I Down the Well
Chapter 1 Losing Freedom 15
Chapter 2 Losing Control 35
Chapter 3 Losing Ourselves 57
Part II At the Bottom
Chapter 4 Encountering Darkness 81
Chapter 5 Valuing Darkness 99
Chapter 6 Embodying Darkness 117
Part III Surfacing
Chapter 7 Claiming Transcendence 143
Chapter 8 Claiming Creativity 163
Chapter 9 Claiming Authority 183
About the Author 227