A Mythic/Imaginal Psychology Pandemic Reading List by Leigh Melander, PhD

By Webster's Bookstore Cafe

By Webster's Bookstore Cafe

Books I love as a cultural mythologist, seeking ways to understand how we tell story and story tells us, that I think ring particularly clearly in the midst of a breaking of our regular lives. 

Leigh Melander, PhD

Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record: Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei (Revised)

Thomas Cleary

$34.95

Life right now is a zen koan…

Care of the Soul, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Ed: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

Thomas Moore

$16.98 $15.62

Approachable, luminescent writing on a soul-based way of understanding ourselves.

The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

Thomas Moore

$14.99 $13.79

As we’ve been ripped from our working tasks, our lives are so ‘every day’ – this book invites us to imagine how we can be enriched and opened by what we tend to see as mundane.

The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World

James Hillman

$20.00 $18.00

As our systems have cranked to a halt, I think we have an opportunity to think about the world around us in deep ways.

The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World

Lewis Hyde

$17.00 $15.64

We will be different, coming out of this pandemic, and I believe creativity will be a key ingredient to imagining new possibilities.

Wisdom of the Psyche: Beyond neuroscience

Ginette Paris

$44.34

The psychological implications of this global moment of stillness are just beginning to emerge; this book is a way in if you’re not sure about where science and imagination intertwine in psychology.

Liminality and Transitional Phenomena (Chiron Clinical Series)

$23.94

We are truly in a liminal place at the moment – time and space feel different than they ever have in our lifetimes. This books is a series of essays on liminality and change from a group of leading Jungian therapists.

The Poetics of Space (Revised)

Gaston Bachelard

$18.00 $16.56

When we’re stuck in our houses, one of the most evocative philosophical imaginings of home ever.

Beyond the Pleasure Principle

Sigmund Freud

$14.95 $13.75

Freud working the battling energies of Eros (life) and Thanatos (death), and what they represent. Something I think we’re all doing daily, in our own ways…

The Odyssey

Homer

$18.95 $17.43

The best travel story ever, about going home. This is a lovely translation.