Co-dependency and the Victim archetype (Part 3)

Cultivating forgiveness We’ve all heard incredible stories of forgiveness. Consider Nelson Mandela who forgave his captors after 27 years of imprisonment and torture. Or Gandhi, who sacrificed six years for his involvement in protesting the British colonial government in India. While these two men inspire us to forgive, it necessary to understand ‘instant and complete’ … Continue reading Co-dependency and the Victim archetype (Part 3)

Co-dependency and the Victim archetype (Part 2)

Who is in the building? Caroline Myss (2008) writes about the victim archetype in her book, Entering the Castle. She presents the two forms of the victim—the shadow and the light—in the metaphor of a building. The ground floor is dirty, unkempt, chaotic, and very much about 'survival.' When you enter the building and take … Continue reading Co-dependency and the Victim archetype (Part 2)

Co-dependency and the Victim archetype (Part 1)

“All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.” Shakespeare was the most revelatory of writers, employing theatrical scenarios to cast light on the darker side of human nature, including victimization. His victims have in … Continue reading Co-dependency and the Victim archetype (Part 1)

Trauma and that ‘soul feeling’

Image: "Soul" via Pixar Childhood trauma has been a hot topic for discussion in the psychological world since Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk dropped their body-based theories in the 1990s. While traditional talk (cognitive) modalities were able to effectively address many mental and emotional health challenges, somatic psychologists believed they could … Continue reading Trauma and that ‘soul feeling’