The Hero Inside with Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D.

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Combining the wisdom of archetypal psychology, process therapy, feminist theory and mythology, author Pearson suggests that "we can find ways of living and being that are rich, empowered and authentic. . . . Every one of us has an essential contribution to make, and we can do so only by taking the risk of being uniquely our own selves." She provides a map to chart and examine the heroic archetypes that exist in all of us, enabling us to better understand our own quest. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Carol Pearson, Ph.D. is an expert in depth psychology and transformational leadership as well as archetypal narrative intelligence. She has served as professor at several universities and colleges and also served as president of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She was the senior editor of The Inner Edge: A Resource for Enlightened Business Practice.

She is the author of such classic works as:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is an archetype
  • What are the archetypal difficulties of men and women and how do they differ
  • Why heroism is about accepting ourselves and honoring our journey
  • What are the six main archetypes of the hero's journey
  • What happens when we are called to the hero's journey, but don't listen
Host: Michael Toms                   Interview Date: 11/8/1989                 Program Number: 2164