Analytical Psychology and Ecology: The Environmental Crisis in Latin America.

Presentation for the VIII CLAPA: Latinamerican Analitical Psychology Conference.
Bogotá, July 2018.


Analytical psychology, in its deep study of the individual and collective psyche, is still falling short on contributions for a current global topic: the environmental crisis.

Is this because it is not relevant to a "Science of the Soul" to be interested in the happenings of something as concrete as organic life? Or could it be that this phenomenon of urgency escapes the Jungian perspective, being unable to consider it sufficiently, even as a collective psychic manifestation?

By focusing largely on the projection of psychic contents onto the outside, Jungian psychology could be neglecting part of the bi-directionality of the relationship between psyche and matter, as well as essential elements of each of these real dimensions. In the face of these limitations, a dialog between analytical psychology and natural sciences such as ecology could greatly enrich both. In decentralizing humanity, psychology has the opportunity to go beyond anthropocentrism, not only philosophically but also in its implementation: Jungian psychology, with its vast resources and knowledge, not only has relevance, but also an ethical responsibility in the understanding and elaboration of a phenomenon that, coming mainly from human actions, involves in its implications more than just its own species.

Latin America is the scene of important lights and shadows regarding this topic: Its multiplicity of cultures and races reflects only the human dimension of the extraordinary wealth and biodiversity of this region, which is nevertheless impoverished by anthropic actions every day. Therefore, in an attempt to bridge both disciplines, we will reflect on some particular paradoxes of the environmental crisis in Latin America, as well as on possible contributions analytical psychology could bring to these complex and far-reaching planetary events, which have become part of both our present and future.

Key words: Jungian Psychology, ecology, psyche, matter, environmental crisis, Latin America.

Permission to walk the earth.
Archetypal realities of the feminine and women in Colombia.

Written for the project "Seeing Red", from Assisi Institute, USA.


This article explores the feminine, women and particularly, Colombian women from an archetypal perspective. It does so going through my description and interpretation of the symbolic images from the dance-theatre play “Permiso para Pisar el Mundo”, by the Colombian choreographer Adelaida Mejía. The narrative of the play is intertwined with my own reflections, elements of Colombian history and other authors’ contributions, such as Vélez, Guggenbühl, Woodman, Jung, among others. It analyzes how the feminine has been collectively dissociated since the dawn of patriarchy, and how this dissociation has become visible throughout Colombian myths and history. It looks into the dependent roles that have been available for women in patriarchy, followed by the artificial adoption women have made of masculine identities in the present times. Thereafter, it explores the implications of the dissociated feminine in nature, which point to the ecological emergency our world is facing; nevertheless, it considers an underlying evolution process that could hopefully point to an archetypal transition that constellates new possibilities for humankind. Finally, it evaluates how the actual peace process in Colombia might be showing the emergence of a new feminine attitude in the country that could give us clues for the new archetypal horizons that could be taking shape for our species.

Keywords: jungian psychology, art, feminine, women, archetypal realities, archetypes, symbolic images, nature, peace, Colombia.

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