Board Member Spotlight: Judith Draper, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Judith Draper, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

As a psychologist, examining my own life as well as the lives of my clients, I am interested in how to promote movement toward  a more meaningful, authentic,  and more “whole” sense of oneself.  Toward this end, we usually face difficult challenges. How do I move through times of uncertainty and ambiguity?  If I am to become more “whole”, how do I embrace those parts of myself I have never known, or am reluctant to face (Jung’s term, .the “shadow”)?  How do I find meaning in the chaos (both within myself and in the world around me)?  Why bother at all?  Addressing these concerns, Jung’s work has been so helpful to me for many reasons…..especially in his vigorous support of the creative process,  and the fascinating power of imagination.  To me, such emphasis seems more useful than focusing solely on “pathology”.  Jung’s remarkable body of work is deeply compelling and offers a rare and rich source of nourishment for all of us interested in developing a more meaningful life.

For a few years, now, I have had the hope that a group would form in Nashville to study and share the ideas of Carl Jung.  I am delighted that this process has begun and I am so pleased to be involved with the Nashville Jung Circle to help bring more of these important perspectives into our community. This ongoing task  of developing a fuller consciousness can be exhiliarating….and can also be excruciating. To me, it is critically important to have companions in this process.  It is my hope that the Nashville Jung Circle can provide rich opportunities for many of us in Nashville to explore this path in community.