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Wild Mind

A Field Guide to the Human Psyche
Paperback Book
New World Library
April, 2013
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$26.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Bill Plotkin, also author of Soulcraft and founder of the Animas Valley Institute, describes himself as a “psychologist gone wild.” As a cultural visionary, author, and wilderness guide, he’s been breaking trail for decades. Plotkin’s revisioning of psychology invites us into a conscious and embodied relationship with the more-than-human world.

In Wild Mind, Plotkin uses the template of the four directions—north, south, east, west—to describe the four facets of the Self (our innate human wholeness) and also four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities to which we’re all prone. The north facet of the Self, for example, is our nurturing generative adult, while wounded north can take the form of an inner critic or of enacting codependent roles. Rather than proposing to eliminate subpersonalities (which is not possible) or beat them into submission, Wild Mind shows readers how to cultivate wholeness, heal woundedness (using the resources of the Self), and discover the gifts of the subpersonalities. Plotkin also reveals how cultivating the fourfold Self provides essential resources for the encounter with soul, a necessary threshold crossing for all visionary artisans of cultural renaissance.

At its most fundamental level, the Great Work necessitates both a revolution in our understanding of what it is to be human and a revival of our abilities to realize our potential and to transform our contemporary cultures.

It’s time, then, to redraw our map of the human psyche, a revision germinated not in notions of symptoms and illness but in our innate wholeness and our foundational and organic embedment in the natural world.

“Bill Plotkin’s Wild Mind ushers in a new era of depth psychology... To study it is to pass through a magical gateway into one’s unique role within the Great Work that Earth is calling us to.” —Brian Swimme, coauthor with Thomas Berry of The Universe Story

“Here, Bill Plotkin guides us into a landscape where we recognize the extraordinary gifts of our own true nature. Through his Nature-Based Map of the Human Psyche we can find not only our powers of leadership, joy, sensuality, and renewal, but also the dragons of self-deception whose energies we can liberate for the healing of our world.” —Joanna Macy, coauthor of Active Hope

Publisher’s Description: 

Bill Plotkin, PhD, is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural transformation. As founder of western Colorado's Animas Valley Institute in 1981, he has guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary, Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying nonordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, and whitewater river guide.Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (an experiential guidebook) and Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (a nature-based stage model of human development through the entire lifespan). His doctorate is in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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