Episode 48: Dennis Merritt

Dennis Merritt, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and ecopsychologist in private practice in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin.

He holds a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in insect pathology from the University of California, Berkeley. He later went on to study the field of psychology and earned a master’s degree in humanistic psychology with a clinical focus from Sonoma State University before heading to Switzerland where he trained as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich.

His thesis, “Synchronicity Experiments with the I Ching and Their Relevance to the Theory of Evolution,” sparked his deep interest in the use of the I Ching on which he has lectured widely.

Dr. Merritt is the author of the 4-volume series, The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe, which includes: Jung & Ecopsychology; The Cry of Merlin: Jung, the Prototypical Ecopsychologist; Hermes, Ecopsychology, & Complexity Theory; and Land, Weather, Seasons, Insects: An Archetypal View {links below}.

His impassioned articles on climate change, The Hunger Games, and guns and the American psyche, are not to be missed, and are available on his blog, jungianecopsychology.com. For the past thirty years, Dr. Merritt has participated in Lakota Sioux ceremonies which have strongly influenced his worldview.

This interview was recorded on Friday, August 16, 2019 in person at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s 01:58:31 long and 105.4 MB. You can listen to it right here in your browser or download it directly to your computer. This episode is also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and now on iHeartRadio.

SHOW NOTES

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The Story of Jesus Classics Illustrated Special Issue

Jung: A Biography by Deirdre Bair

C.G. Jung Letters: Vol. 1 (1906-1950) Jung was the first to mention the term “New Age,” and the Age of Aquarius, in a letter to H.G. Baynes {a.k.a. Peter} on Aug. 12, 1940, pp. 285-286

The Integral Psychology Center Madison, Wisconsin

The Ecology of Wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess

The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe 4-volume series by Dennis Merritt

Jeffrey Kiehl, Ph.D. Speaking of Jung, Ep. 21

Hermes, Ecopsychology, & Complexity Theory Vol. 3 of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe by Dennis Merritt

Andrew Samuels Jungian analyst

University of Essex Department of Psychosocial & Psychoanalytic Studies

The Century of the Self 4-part series on BBC Two

California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, California

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. Morphic resonance and morphic fields

The Empty Couch The New Yorker, May 8, 2000

Jerome Bernstein Speaking of Jung, Ep. 30

CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing

Fred Gustafson, Ph.D. Speaking of Jung, Ep. 10

Rosebud Indian Reservation South Dakota

Lionel Corbett, M.D. Jungian analyst

Dreams, the I Ching, & the Psychoanalytic Process Lecture by Dennis Merritt, C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago

I Ching or Book of Changes Translated by Richard Wilhelm & Cary Banes, Foreword by C.G. Jung

The First International Conference on Jungian Psychology & Chinese Culture Guangzhou, China, December 1998 {see link to Dr. Merritt’s paper below}

I Ching Box Set Includes sticks and booklet by Frits Blok {mentioned by Laura}

The Red Book Jung’s descent into the unconscious

The Secret of the Golden Flower Translated and Explained by Richard Wilhelm, Commentary by C.G. Jung

Land, Weather, Seasons, Insects: An Archetypal View Vol. 4 of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe by Dennis Merritt

Atom & Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters 1932-1958 Correspondence between Wolfgang Pauli & C.G. Jung

Mathematical Games: The Combinatorial Basis of the ‘I Ching,’ the Chinese Book of Divination & Wisdom by Martin Gardner, Scientific American, January 1974

Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle by C.G. Jung

The International Analytical Psychology Scholar Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals by Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.

Art Funkhouser, Ph.D. Jungian analyst

Pink Floyd Digital music, box sets, CDs, and vinyl

C.G. Jung Institute Zürich

Holotropic Breathwork Grof Transpersonal Training

Realms of the Human Unconscious: Observations from LSD Research by Stanislav Grof, M.D.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd {official music video with lyrics}

BOOKS

Jung & Ecopsychology The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe, Vol. I {free sample}

The Cry of Merlin: Jung, the Prototypical Ecopsychologist The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe, Vol. II {free sample}

Hermes, Ecopsychology, & Complexity Theory The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe, Vol. III {free sample}

Land, Weather, Seasons, Insects: An Archetypal View The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe, Vol. IV {free sample}

ARTICLES {FULL TEXT}

A Jungian Perspective on the Most Important Issue of Our Time: Climate Change by Dennis Merritt, Climate Psychology Alliance Newsletter, June 2019

Is The Hunger Games the Myth That Defines Our Times? by Frazer Merritt, Dennis Merritt, & Kevin Lu, Los Angeles Review of Books, Mar. 25, 2019

Star Wars—The Force Awakens: The Emergence of the Archetypal Feminine & Discovering a Personal Access to The Force by Dennis Merritt, Dec. 28, 2015

Guns & the American Psyche by Dennis Merritt, Jul. 19, 2013

The Hunger Games, Jung, Politics, & the Environment: The Hunger Games from a Jungian, Political, & Environmental Perspective by Dennis Merritt, Apr. 26, 2012

Use of the I Ching in the Analytic Setting by Dennis Merritt, First International Conference on Jungian Psychology & Chinese Culture, December 1998

ADDITIONAL LINKS

Jungian Ecopsychology for the Younger Generation Ecopsychology Voices, Jun. 5, 2019 {video interview}

Synchronicity & the I Ching with Dennis A. Merritt Image for Hire, Dec. 30, 2018 {audio interview}

Ecopsychology with Dr. Dennis Merritt Image for Hire, Mar. 20, 2018 {audio interview}

The Complex A new novel by Michael Walters

Online Video Courses Jungian Studies Masterclass Series offered through the Jung Society of Washington, D.C.

Special thanks to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center