#284 – A Jungian Vision to Save The Planet with Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD


Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker who draws from spiritual, feminist, Jungian, medical and personal wellsprings of experience. She is the author of Like A Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet (2011), The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine and Urgent Message from Mother. She is a major advocate for a United Nations 5th World Conference on Women, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. a past clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, and past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board’s Goddess Remembered.

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  1. John Knight
    Posted November 14, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    What a lovely woman!

    I wonder if Jean would be interested in some of the studies available on the positive somatic effects of trees on humans, such as lower crime rates, shorter hospital stays, and more.

    While I’m in no way an activist type, I have a particular tree which is very important to me and has a cradle section in which I can space out above the village and watch the sunset. Trees have played a part in my dreams and nightmares, and I only realised later that I had used unconsciously in a religious act. So the depth psychology view on trees really speaks to me.

    I wrote an article on tree climbing for adults a while ago, and pieced together some of the stuff mentioned above. If anyone is interested in either that, or (more likely, hehe) a link to the research about the positive somatic effects of trees on humans, I’d be glad to hand on a link.

  2. Jean Bolen
    Posted November 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely post! thank you for the words and images evoked. And yes, please do put the link to the research. –for other members of the tribe of tree people as well as me.

  3. John Knight
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Hey up!

    Aye, it’s a lovely spot, the neighbours call me Tree Man. 🙂

    I was about to give several links, but there’s a bunch of reports all in the one spot here, at the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory:


    Here’s a paper that explores the physical and psychological benefits of tree climbing, using tower block climbing as a control group:



  4. John Knight
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    P.S. Oh, and I’m in agreement with you about the Collective Unconscious and Morphic Fields, by the way. Nice to hear those thoughts come from another person!

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