Krystyna Knight

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Dissertation Award of Excellence 2019

Posted by Krystyna Knight on May 20, 2019 12:26:46 PM

Pacifica Graduate Institute confers the annual Dissertation Award of Excellence to recognize original research that significantly contributes to the field of depth psychology or mythological studies. Entries are based on the presentation and clarity of ideas, sound methodology and interpretation of findings, innovative quality, and contribution to the field of depth psychology or mythological studies.

A subcommittee of the Academic Excellence Committee composed of members of that committee and any other faculty member who wanted  to participate were invited. This group convened in May 2019 to assess the nominated dissertations.

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Posted in: graduate school, Education, Pacifica Students, Pacifica Graduate Institute

The History of Pacifica

Posted by Krystyna Knight on May 2, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Just minutes from one of the most beautiful isolated beaches, nestled among old-growth oaks between the mountains and the sea, lies Pacifica Graduate Institute. Founded over 40 years ago in Isla Vista, California, Pacifica's mission is to foster creative learning and research in the fields of psychology, mythology, and the humanities, framed in the traditions of depth psychology by creating an educational environment with a spirit for free and open inquiry. Pacifica is dedicated to cultivating and harvesting the gifts of the human imagination.  

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Posted in: history of psychology, graduate school, Education, Pacifica Graduate Institute

The Practical Uses of Myth: Applied Mythology in the 21st Century and Beyond

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Apr 1, 2019 2:13:59 PM

A guest post by Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

What good is the study of myth?

I love this topic so much I could write a book on it. In fact, I have, called Myths Among Us: When Timeless Tales Return to Life (World Soul Books, 2017). The book spends 658 pages on the question of what good is mythology, with real-life applications and many stories.

Here I’ll offer some brief examples taken from the life arenas of self-knowledge, work, finance, diversity, and persuasion.

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Posted in: Joseph Campbell, Mythology, C.G. Jung

Dr. Joseph Cambray - Expanding Jung’s Views of Synchronicity (MP3)

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Jan 23, 2019 9:53:28 AM


Last week, Pacifica president and CEO Dr. Joseph Cambray did an interview with Connecting with Coincidence with Dr. Bernard Beitman, MD on Expanding Jung's Views of Synchronicity.  Dr. Cambray is one of the leading experts on this topic in the field.  Click below to listen to the interview.  

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Posted in: C.G. Jung, Pacifica News, Pacifica Graduate Institute, resources, interview

Quick Steps to Navigating the Admissions Process

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Jan 14, 2019 8:36:32 AM

"By extending the concepts of psychology and mythological studies beyond the personal, beyond the consulting room, and beyond the classroom, we see psychological life as an evolutionary development within nature, alive in all the phenomena and systems of our world. In studying and working with these multidimensional exchanges, we facilitate contributions to the contemporary concerns of our world through dialogues between the psyche of the individual, the mythologies of the culture, the collective human imagination, and the living planet."

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Posted in: Santa Barbara, graduate school, Education, Pacifica Graduate Institute, resources, admissions

Choosing the Right Path: Licensure Programs

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Jan 4, 2019 11:03:32 AM

“The question of vocation is crucial, and choosing the right one requires listening to the voice within.  The root of the word “vocation” is Latin for voice.  Learning to trust that inner voice in the face of economic and social pressures that might urge otherwise is an act of courage.  Accessing that courage is key to finding the voice.”

~ Dr. Joseph Cambray, President and CEO

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Posted in: Counseling Psychology, clinical psychology, graduate school, Education, Pacifica Graduate Institute

“All Psychology is Depth Psychology” and 6 Other Thought-Provoking Ideas That Will Change Your View of Depth Psychology

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Aug 10, 2018 8:43:38 AM

A blog post by Melissa Ruisz Nazario, based on an interview with Jesse Jacob conducted by Bonnie Bright, PhD

Listen to the full audio interview with Jesse Jacob here. (approx. 31 minutes)

Jesse Jacob does not settle for status quo assumptions or lazy thinking in depth psychology. He finds the term “depth psychology” strange because it implies other psychologies are then shallow. A 4th year Clinical Psychology PsyD student at Pacifica, Jesse previously studied language to understand how it shapes and affects an individual’s thinking. In his interview with Bonnie Bright, he provides alternative perspectives on commonly used depth psychological phrases and concepts. For example, he recalls a fellow student in his cohort saying, “Depth psychologists treat the whole person,” to which Jesse responded, “So do other psychologies only treat half the person?”

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Posted in: clinical psychology, Psychology, graduate school, depth psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Spiritual

Before the Storytelling: An Interview with Craig Chalquist, PhD by Devon Deimler, PhDc

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Jul 23, 2018 12:33:32 PM

Dr. Chalquist will be presenting “Storytelling Nature Myths: A Project of Reenchantment” to the Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of OPUS on Sunday, August 12th from 5:30-7:30pm at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane campus. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit

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Posted in: Pacifica Events, Opus Archives

Student Services at Pacifica

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Jul 9, 2018 10:37:09 AM

Many students and alumni have said that when they started their academic careers at Pacifica, they did so because it felt like they had found their calling, or that they had come home. Some say that is due to the tranquil and meditative environments our campuses provide for learning and growth. Another reason, however, is due to the student services we provide here. When you come to Pacifica, you not only join an inclusive learning community of students, but you also gain access to dedicated and caring Student Services departments throughout your entire academic career here.

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Posted in: graduate school, Education, Pacifica Graduate Institute, student services, resources

Hurtful Parenting: Identifying and Overcoming the Impact of Narcissistic Families

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Jul 5, 2018 10:41:42 AM

A blog post by Melissa Ruisz Nazario, based on an interview with Dina Zaki, L.M.F.T., by Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.

Listen to the full audio interview with Dina Zaki here. (approx. 31 minutes)

The Greek myth of Narcissus, one version of it at least, describes a young, proud hunter known for his good looks. He disdains others, including the mountain nymph Echo, who falls in love with him. Because of his behavior, Nemesis, a goddess of revenge, lures Narcissus to a pool, where Narcissus falls in love with the water’s reflection, not comprehending it is his own image. In one version, he stares at his own reflection until he dies. [1]

From this tale we have the terms “narcissism” and “narcissist,” and even the condition of “narcissistic personality disorder,” in which “people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to slightest criticism.” [2]

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Posted in: Trauma, clinical psychology, Psychology, Pacifica Students, Pacifica Graduate Institute, relationships, love