Facing The Darkness, Part III: Seeing the World in Color

Have you ever tried to explain contradictions to young children? As they try to make sense of a confusingly complex world, they search for shapes and boundaries. They want to know where one thing or idea begins, and where it ends.

When the boundaries are violated, when children see contradictions, like the child in The […]

Facing The Darkness, Part II: The Shadow

What is a shadow? The everyday shadows we see come about when an object blocks a source of light. Not exactly a buzzworthy event!

Why all the fuss about shadows? There are so many legends and myths where shadows have magical properties, including magical creatures that have no shadow at all.

In Jungian Psychology, the […]

The Attraction of Evil

I’m not a big fan of horror stories or horror movies, but I’ve known many people who enjoyed them. And people are often fascinated by the evil characters in other stories, like Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies. Darth Vader fascinates me, too.

When I was in high school,


Facing the Darkness, Part I: Who are You?

Ask someone, “who are you?” There are a number of typical responses:

Name Profession A list of skills or hobbies Personal or professional history A description that involves physical characteristics such as height, weight, and age Likes and dislikes

If I were to ask


Take Off Your Mask

There are festivals of masks and the hidden in many cultures. In American culture, Halloween is one of the most dominant festivals of the mask. Children particularly love dressing up and pretending to be someone else.

For many adults, the images of the hidden that dominate Halloween are the uncertain, frightening, and dark side of […]