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25 March 2011

Jungian psychology for entertainers

Every now again I happen upon one of those New Yorker stories that seem to summarize the daily tribulations of my life and work in the creative sphere. Dana Goodyear‘s “Hollywood Shadows”–about entertainment industry psychotherapists Barry Michels and Phil Stutz–is one of those stories. If it has one failing, it’s the lack of connection to other Los Angeles celebrity healing cults such as Scientology, a topic well covered by the magazine only a few weeks before. (Viz Lawrence Wright’s “The Apostate” about ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis.) Perhaps this is more my failing than that of the magazine–such is my predilection for random connections.

In any case, the editors of the (sometimes misnamed!) New Yorker has the potential to compile a quite excellent anthology of pieces explaining the odd facts of Los Angeles life to the rest of the world. In any case, the psychologist article is free on the web right now. Enjoy some excerpts after the jump:
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