October Book Spotlight: Violence and Women: Exploring the Medea Myth

October Book Spotlight:
Violence and Women: 
Exploring the Medea Myth

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The archetypal story of Medea is a cautionary tale for our era. Jason and Medea’s marriage, favored by the gods, represents an attempt at a union of opposites very far from each other. They represent the masculine and feminine principles, covering a wide range of psychological, sociological, and historical aspects.

This synthesis fails. In the myth, as Euripides presents it, the failure is caused by Jason’s regression and submission to the exclusivity of the patriarchal principle — the Old King. Medea, who not only represents the feminine but also the forces of Nature and Transformation, is profoundly incompatible with this regression. She reacts! She destroys and creates havoc. This is what the unconscious does when it is not heard or denied. In the end Medea is saved by the gods, the divine principles or psychic laws that regulate the laws of Nature and Transformation in the psyche. They support her to the bitter end.

Table of Contents

  • Preface 


  • Introduction
  • The Medea Rage
  • The Myth of Medea
  • Euripides: Medea


  • Historical and Cultural Background
  • Euripides’ Place in Greek Theatre in Fifth Century BC
  • The Truth of Medea for the Greeks
  • The Universality of Medea’s Truth


  • Edith
  • Jason
  • Medea & Jason
  • The Poet and the Women
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography

“This is a rare book in the field of therapeutic psychology that deals with the taboo subject of Women’s rage, which can destroy their children and themselves. Using the ancient Greek mythological story of Medea by Euripides, the author deftly draws parallels to the destructive examples of modern times. We have a better understanding of the dynamics of the extreme imbalance between the repressed feminine principle within men and women both, and the raw forces of Nature manifested in external as well as intra-psychic relationships. It is highly recommended as a required read by all mental health professionals.”

-Manisha Roy, Ph.D., Jungian analyst, author of Women, Stereotypes and Archetypes

“Drawing on her experience as a dramaturg, Jungian analyst Anita Chapman bridges the death-dealing divide between masculine and feminine values from the 5th Century B.C. to the present day. Artfully addressing feminine rage in the ancient myth of Medea, in several analytic clients, and in the daily news, Dr. Chapman identifies the archetypal energies that continue to play out in our personal relationships, and in our social and collective lives—including the political arena and Nature’s stage. Readers will leave the book as if leaving an evening at the theater, having participated in the most important psychological drama facing our species.”

-Jerry R. Wright, Jungian analyst, author of Reimagining God and Religion: Essays for the Psychologically Minded

About The Author
Anita S. Chapman, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst. She received her doctorate in Dramaturgy from the University of Amsterdam, and her Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She is also the author of Edward Albee: The Poet of Loss (Mouton-de Gruyter, 2010) and In Search of the Father: Two Plays.

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In Search of the Father: Two Plays
These analytical discussions of two plays, The Heiress and A Delicate Balance, demonstrate how too much or too little parenting can have this detrimental effect. Particularly, when a father withdraws from the family and does not give loving attention to his daughter, or when he presents himself as an overbearing elder, he is neglecting to support his child in the natural process of separation from the mother/Mother—not helping her achieve personal autonomy and an individual life of her own. As an adult, such a daughter will likely find herself in a place not directed from within by her unique potential for wholeness, but rather in one dictated by the limiting expectations of her family and the collective patriarchal culture around her.

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