“Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself” with Lisa Marchiano


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Did you know there are 4.3 human births per second around the world?
Our guest and friend of the show, Lisa Marchiano, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and certified Jungian analyst. She is co-host of This Jungian Life and author of the newly released book, “Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself.”
In this episode, we explore the experience of motherhood from the Jungian perspective. While many books on motherhood are aimed at helping women become better parents, Lisa looks at the topic from a much different angle.
She asks, how can motherhood provide a woman with a unique opportunity for her own individual development? How can raising a child give her the chance to confront unresolved conflicts from her past? How can bringing new life into the world connect her spirit with the infinite?
0:00 Intro
1:18 What drew Lisa to write about this topic
4:13 Motherhood offers a unique opportunity for individual development
6:41 Feeling empathy towards mothers
7:17 Motherhood and individuation
9:41 The wisdom and magic in fairy tales
15:10 Embracing the ordinariness of adulthood and motherhood responsibilities
19:18 Why some people want to stay young forever
21:02 Facing our own shadow in motherhood
25:09 Revisiting unresolved conflicts from the past
31:11 How to express anger towards children in a healthy way
38:57 Affect regulation in parenting
42:21 How culture devalues the maternal instinct
45:40 “The Master and His Emissary” by Iain McGilchrist
50:00 Womens’ connection with their bodies
53:34 Having a healthy relationship with your mother-in-law
55:55 Motherhood as a transcendent and spiritual experience
1:00:58 Wrap-up
“Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself” by Lisa Marchiano
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