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My Story: Archetypal Themes, Plot Twists, and Becoming the Storyteller

Like many stories, my story has archetypal themes and plot twists that led me to my current story. When I was growing up, the steel industry seemed to define my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My father worked in production planning and later, marketing, for U.S. Steel. As a teenager, I followed in his footsteps, taking various summer jobs in the plants. The practical side of me was prepari...

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New Year, New Theme: Getting Unstuck from Old Habits

Archetypes are patterns infused with energy. When you look at your patterns, that is, your habits of mind or behavior, you may not realize they are powerfully affecting your life. The “stickiness” of your habits reveals how much energy they hold. Some behavioral patterns can be like a sticky note, easily changed with conscious effort. Such habits are often new. A friend of mine asked her husb...

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The Collective Unconscious: The Birthplace of All Ideas, Stories, and Myths

The collective unconscious contains the prototypes of all ideas, stories, and myths, including that of the sage who offers wisdom or the fool who reveals human folly. It also contains the prototypes of universal experiences, such as water as being a cleansing force and fire being a transformative one. These archetypes affect our dreams while we are sleeping, but they also affect our waking lives. ...

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