Revisioning the Animal Psyche


  • Jonathan Erickson



A new paradigm for understanding animals and our relationship to them is emerging from scientific inquiry. This paper explores our historic beliefs about animals, reviews advances in animal research that are calling for a revision of those beliefs, and asks what contributions the field of depth psychology might make to the project of revisioning the animal psyche for the 21st century. Particular emphasis is given to mapping Jung’s biological understanding of psyche and archetype onto the emerging scientific model of evolutionary cognition, as well as consideration of imaginal consciousness and projection dynamics.

Author Biography

Jonathan Erickson

Jonathan Erickson is an assistant professor of integral and transpersonal psychology at California Institute for Integral Studies.  He is the author of the book Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience from Routledge and has published a variety of papers exploring ecopsychology, creativity, and spirituality.  He holds a PhD in depth psychology and somatic studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and a BA in English Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley.