Carol S. Pearson

      Carol S. Pearson


“Narrative Intelligence:

Using the Power of Story to Transform What Happens” 

 Friday February 24, 2017

      7:30pm to 9:30pm 

$15 non-members/$10 members

Location: Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill

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Friday Lecture Description: 

It seems everyone today is talking about the power of story; it is a theme in neuroscience, narrative therapy, and medicine, personal growth workshops, leadership, and politics. Stories can guide, heal, or mislead; formulate meaning that helps people survive or even thrive; and give shape to our lives, as the narratives we tell ourselves may influence what we do. And, of course, Jungian and Archetypal psychologies move us into understanding the particular power of archetypal characters, images, and narrative patterns.

Neuroscience teaches us that what we see as reality is filtered through patterns in our minds; as a result, what we too often take to be objectively real is in fact only partially true. Archetypal psychology shows us that we can recognize such patterns in imagery and narratives. To change what actually happens in our lives—as individuals and as a society—it is important that we recognize what universal stories we play parts in, correct the biases in what we perceive through learning from what others are noticing, and revise narratives we are thinking and telling. Shifting our stories helps us to achieve more generative sharing and find win/win solutions to what can appear to be intractable problems. When these new, empowering images and stories are archetypal and expressed in that archetype’s emerging edge, the result is energy for moving forward in more effective ways.

In this presentation, Dr. Pearson will be sharing how gaining deep and cognitively complex narrative intelligence can make all the difference between a life in shambles, one boringly routine—or one authentically well-lived. To illustrate, she will introduce a set of transformational mythological stories that influenced in major ways not only ancient Greek culture, but also, through it, our own. The major archetypal characters embody energies present in each one of us today, and their mythic narratives provide guidance for expressing their positive potentials in the stories we think, tell, and live.


Saturday February 25, 2017  --  10 am to 4 pm

$60 non-members/$40 members

at Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill

Workshop:  "Using Narrative Intelligence To Transform Your Experience"

Based on Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within, the workshop will focus on archetypal stories from ancient Greece at a time when many things that significantly influence contemporary society were being invented, including drama, philosophy, and science. Such narratives, from the most revered of ancient Greek rites (the Eleusinian Mysteries), furthered deep learning then and can again today. Specifically, its promise was that initiates would be happier, more prosperous, and relatively free of fear.

The goal of this workshop is to help participants find each of the four essential archetypes within themselves and notice parallels between their mythic narratives and their lives today, so that they can develop visions for expressing each in an optimal way given the realities of their individual lives.

The major characters of the Eleusinian Mysteries—Demeter, Persephone, Zeus, and Dionysus—are personifications of archetypal energies that help us develop healthy egos and caring hearts, become guided by our souls, and experience joy. Each of these mythological characters comes from some kind of dysfunctional family, and their childhood experiences give rise to coping narratives they initially live out. Yet each of these scripts is inadequate to face the painful challenges they face. It is only when a shift in their inner narratives occurs that a satisfactory resolution is achieved. Each of them ends up happy, and community is restored.

In this way, each character’s story demonstrates an archetypal process, available to us today, of utilizing narrative intelligence to transform our lives through shifting our stories. The workshop builds narrative intelligence capacities through storytelling, presentations on the archetypes, guided self-reflection, small and large group sharing, and an ongoing consideration of narrative intelligence as an important capacity for thriving in today’s world.


Carol S. Pearson, PhD, DMin, is a world-renowned expert on depth psychology and transformational leadership and author of numerous of books, including The Hero Within, Awakening the Heroes Within, and Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within.

She is cocreator, with Hugh Marr, of the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator™, an assessment that identifies the archetypes within each individual.

A respected scholar, higher education administrator, and thought leader, Pearson served most recently as executive vice president/provost and then president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. Prior to that she was a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where she directed the James Macgregor Burns Academy of Leadership.

She also is author of several books that explore archetypes in the professional arena, including The Hero and the Outlaw (branding), The Transforming Leader (leadership), and Mapping the Organizational Psyche (organizational development).

Pearson consults, speaks, and teaches widely and is known for her relaxed and welcoming style.



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