Dissertation Title:

Depth Psychology, Global Warming, and the Biosphere: A Depth Psychology Inquiry


James Stanwood Dalton

Date, Time & Place:

March 18, 2024 at 1:00 pm


This dissertation explores the necessity of a mutually beneficial relationship between humanity and the life with which we share this planet, incorporating the precepts of depth psychology and deep ecology to support the mental health of the individual and the continued advancement of the human condition. The concepts of the shadow, the trickster, and Wetiko and their relationship to humanity’s response to global warming are discussed. Methods to inspire individual and collective action to actualize change are presented. The role of contact with the numinous, the experience of awe, and the recognition of beauty are explored. The author practiced alchemical hermeneutic investigation to develop effective messages that elucidate the opportunity humanity now has to continue our teleological progress forward and become the protectors, regenerators, and rebalancers of our biosphere. Within this research there is a strong thread of self-exploration and self-transformation through the practice of active imagination. The author investigated the link between deep ecology and depth psychology as a primary element of cultural progression. This dissertation concludes with examples of the opportunities for purposeful living that will be found as humanity overcomes the challenges presented by global warming.

  • Program/Track/Year: Depth Psychology with Specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, ZZ,
  • Chair: Dr. Craig Chalquist
  • Reader: Linda Buzzell-Saltzman, LMFT
  • External Reader: Dr. Marsha Green
  • Keywords: Jung, Active Imagination, Shadow, Trickster, Wetiko