About Meredith B. Mitchell

            Meredith B. Mitchell is a certified Jungian analyst who retired from a private practice in Van Nuys, California, at the end of 2004 and is now enjoying life in Georgetown, Texas.

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            Currently, his activities include teaching psychology classes in Senior University in Sun City Texas, lecturing in Georgetown and Austin, teaching computer classes in the Sun City Texas Computer Club, and sculpturing. In addition, he enjoys serving as webmaster for several web sites, including the Sun City Texas Computer Club and the Creative Clay and China Club at Sun City Texas.

            He received his B.A. and M.A. in psychology from University of California at Los Angeles in 1948 and 1953, respectively. He graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech in 1960 and then worked for seven years as a consulting engineering psychologist, during which time he attended Claremont Graduate University, where he ultimately completed studies toward a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

            Dr. Mitchell received his doctorate in 1967 based on his dissertation entitled "Hypnotic Susceptibility and Response to Distraction." Subsequently, he trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and received certification as a Jungian analyst in 1974. He served as treasurer of the C.G.Jung Institute of Los Angeles for over twelve years, as vice president for one year, and as president from 1991 to 1993.

            Meanwhile, at the U.C.L.A. Extension Division, he instructed one of four courses every quarter from 1975 to 1986 and again in 1990: "Myths and Fairy Tales: Keys to the Psyche," "Heroes and Victims," "A Jungian Approach to Dreams," and "Intuitive Listening for Hidden Levels of Meaning." In time, "Heroes and Victims" became "Hero or Victim?", the course which inspired the writing of his book.

            From 1971 to 2001, Dr. Mitchell conducted weekly private workshops. Initially, topics included "Analysis of The Gilgamesh Epic," C.G. Jung's Man and His Symbols, "The Psychology of Maleness/Femaleness," "The Analysis and Value of Fairy Tales" -- with special emphasis on the meaning of the hero in fairy tales. From 1976 through 2001, the title of these workshops was "Dreams and Other Expressions of the Unconscious," where attendees worked on their own and other attendees' unconscious material, usually -- but not exclusively -- as revealed in dreams.

            Dr. Mitchell has appeared on radio and television and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the greater Los Angeles area and its environs, New Zealand, Australia, and in Georgetown, Texas. Topics have included:

  • "Hero or Victim?"
  • "Hero and Victim: Bringing to Life the Hero and Victim in Each of Us"
  • "Value of the Victim, the Hero's Shadow"
  • "Rescuing the Victim as a Growth Process"
  • "Hero, Heroine, and Victim in Relationships"
  • "Intuitive Listening"
  • "The Dream, Window to the Unconscious"
  • "Drawing on Dreams"
  • "Myths and Fairy Tales: Keys to the Psyche"
  • "Numinosity in the Creative Process"
  • "Symbols, Rituals and History of Halloween"
Many presentations have been hosted by the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, whose bookstore sells tapes of lectures he has given there.

            Dr. Mitchell is a member of the American Psychological Association and International Association of Analytical Psychologists.

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