Robert A. Johnson (psychotherapist) - WikipediaIn the story of the Fisher King a young and naive prince is mortally wounded by an impulsive act of bravado. It is his creativity, generativity, and masculinity that are injured and he is left "too badly wounded to live, but unable to die. Many men are wounded fisher kings now. This wound is to be seen on the face of almost any man who passes on the street; the ache of life, the anxiety, dread, loneliness, the corners of the mouth pointing down It is the sense that life has lost its savor, or a fortune that one cannot enjoy, a marriage where there is an unbridgeable gulf between the partners, a fine body that no longer brings the runner's high that used to thrill one, the sound of applause that no longer affirms the performer.
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The imaginal characters of the Fisher King and the Handless Maiden Johnson, resonate deeply with those who have suffered developmental wounds and as adults, experience a wounded feeling function. These two tales are analyzed throughout this qualitative thesis incorporating heuristic and case study methodologies, and utilizing hypnotherapy techniques. Fairy tales and myths resonate at a deep and unconscious level because they become a metaphoric mirror in which the self seeks authenticity. They tell a collective story that crosses over cultures and eras, and connects individuals to a comforting larger legend. Hypnosis allows reframing through access of the subconscious.
It is very dangerous when a wound is so common in a culture that hardly anyone knows there is a problem. Such is the case right now with our wounded feeling.
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Once upon a time, there was a mighty King, who was known throughout the World as the Keeper of the Holy Grail. His lineage had inherited the honor and privilege of protecting the Grail when it was brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. All who needed healing could come to his castle and ask to drink from the Grail, and upon drinking, receive healing. He had friends as well among the woodland creatures and they did not fear his coming, often coming to his hand for treats and petting. One night during a midnight ride, he came upon a campfire in a wooded glen. Above the fire, a salmon was spitted and was sizzling as it cooked. No one seemed to be around, so the prince waited for a time, waiting for the camper to return.
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Johnson was born in Portland, Oregon. He studied at the University of Oregon and Stanford University. In , he went to Ojai, California, as a student of Jiddu Krishnamurti , an Indian spiritual teacher. He later studied at the C. Jung , was his principal analyst. He established an analytical practice in Los Angeles in the early s with Helen Luke.