The Struggle of the Creative Life


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By Jason E. Smith. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In this episode:
We discuss the challenges that confront us on the path of psychological growth and how we might respond to them.

Let's make this a conversation:
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For more on living a symbolic life:
Please check out my book, Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, available from Chiron Publications.
Sources for quotes and more:

  1. “The serious problems in life, however, are never fully solved. If ever they should appear to be so it is a sure sign that something has been lost..." ~ C.G. Jung, from The Stages of Life in 'Collected Works, vol. 8.'
  2. S1, Ep. 30: Knowing and Not-Knowing
  3. 'Longing For Paradise' by Mario Jacoby
  4. Having Too Little or Too Much Time Is Linked to Lower Subjective Well-Being in 'Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.'
  5. All of the quotes from Frances Wickes in this episode are taken from her book, 'The Inner World of Choice.'
  6. All of the quotes from Jung in this episode are taken from The Stages of Life in 'Collected Works, vol. 8.'
  7. Ferdinand the Faithful from 'Grimms' Tales,' translated by Margaret Hunt.
  8. Discussion of "Well-being" and "Salvation" in Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig's Marriage Dead or Alive.
  9. 'Our Real Work,' poem by Wendell Berry.

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