Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Saybrook University, is a Fellow in five APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32). Formerly, he was director of the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory, in Brooklyn NY. He is co-author of Personal Mythology: Using Ritual, Dreams, and Imagination to Discover Your Personal Story; Demystifying Shamans and Their World; The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man’s Wisdom for Walking the Red Road; Dream Telepathy: Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them; The Mythic Path; and Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans. He is co-editor of Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion, Healing Tales, Healing Stories, Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence, Advances in Parapsychological Research and many other books. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has published cross-cultural studies on spiritual content in dreams.
Here he suggests that, at a subconscious level, we are all subject to the influence of myths operating in our lives. Some of these are irrational and destructive. Others are positive and rational. Through the use of ritual, dreams, and mental imagery, we can bring these powerful dynamics into the light of consciousness. Krippner describes some of the important influences on his approach to personal mythology – including Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Albert Ellis, and Philip Zimbardo.
(Recorded on May 14, 2016)
Published on June 1, 2016