Quadrant Summer 1997

Depth Psychology’s Charlatan Shadow — Janet O. Dallett

It takes a lot of chutzpah for me to talk about this subject. I have lived my life pushing at the constraints of convention and as a result, in twenty-five years of practice as a Jungian analyst I have made more than my share of professional errors. My training taught me little about the abuse of power or boundary issues between analysts and patients because nobody gave much thought to such matters then. The importance and dimensions of these and related ethical issues are only now slowly becoming visible to the profession, and like many others, I have had to carve what I know about the dark side of psychotherapy from painful personal experience.

In the Eyes of the Beholder: Recollection and Reflection in Wim Wender’s Film Paris, Texas (Part 2)

— Gary D. Astrachan
In his beautifully crafted 1984 film Paris, Texas, the German director Wim Wenders reveals to us through a variety of cinematic techniques, narrative content and imagery, a richly evocative myth of origins, a tale of our own individual and archetypal human beginnings. The film provides, in fact several different kinds of creation myths for our time. [From Part I]

Reclaiming Women’s Voices from Echo’s Long Silence

— Marilyn L. Matthews
This paper is not going to be comfortable or easy to read. I have been a physician in private practice for more than thirty years. During that time I have seen mostly women. My original practice was that of obstetrics and gynecology. For the past twenty-two years I have practiced psychiatry, the past eleven years as a Jungian analyst. In the first five years of my psychiatric practice, I noticed an alarming number of women with histrionic and borderline character traits. Women whose professional experience should have given them confidence and satisfaction were terrified to go out on their own. The image behind their fears was often that of BAG LADY — that is, their efforts to make it on their own would fail, leaving them homeless, with all of their possessions in two bags! …

Dracula’s Foothold: Women Who Dream of Male Vampires

— Lisa Fawcett
The image of the vampire is increasingly popular in our society. In the last four years alone six commercial vampire films were released: Innocent Blood (1992), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1993), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1993), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995). In fiction, Anne Rice’s novels Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Vampire Lestat (1985), and The Queen of the Damned (1988) remained on the bestseller list for many weeks. And on television, a current program entitled Forever Knight features a good-guy cop who as a vampire searches to become mortal once again. What does it say about our collective psyche that we want to see and read about creatures whose defining characteristic is that they suck blood out of others? …

Book Reviews

— Georgette Kelley, Editor

This series of book reviews is intended to raise the issue of the integration of depth psychology and esoteric spiritual practices which promote a direct experience of the Self. Several books have recently appeared on such topics as Buddhism and psychotherapy, while the chakra system, Tibetan views of dying, and various forms of meditation are entering mainstream Western culture. More and more Western children are raised with Buddhist rituals and rites of passage, and Western-born teachers are beginning to run endos, ashrams, and meditation centers. At the end of the twentieth century, the role of Eastern teachings in Western culture is significant and evolving in new ways. …

Books reviewed:

Jung on the East— C.G. Jung.

Edited and with an introduction by J.J. Clarke. London and New York: Routledge, 1995. Reviewed by V. W. Odajnyk.

Self and Liberation: The Jung-Buddhism Dialogue—

Daniel J. Meckel and Robert L. Moore, Editors. Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1992. Reviewed by Anne Walsh.

The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga—

Sonu Shamdhasani, Editor. Notes on the Seminar given in 1923 by C.G. Jung. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1996. Reviewed by Betsy Halpern.

Dreams, Myths and Fairy Tales in Japan

— Hayao Kawai. Einsiedeln, Switzerland: Daimon Verlag, 1995. Reviewed by Kenneth W. James.