Electing Our Shadow Why America Needs Phenomenological Consciousness In the Time of Trump

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Gabrielle Orcha

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Written four years ago, as a first year PhD student, the author explores the idea that President-elect Trump embodies the nation's collective shadow. This essay discusses two kinds of consciousness, or ways of perceiving the world: analytic consciousness and phenomenological consciousness. The essay bridges these modes of perception with potential ways we might engage not only with ourselves and our world, but also with our personal and collective shadow. This essay also discusses the "hero's journey" and notes that confrontation with, or at least a phenomenological acknowledgement of, the shadow is a necessary rite before transformation can occur. 

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Orcha, G. (2020). Electing Our Shadow: Why America Needs Phenomenological Consciousness In the Time of Trump. The Cohort: Journal of Depth Psychology and Somatic Inquiry , 1(1). Retrieved from https://thecohort.org/index.php/cohort/article/view/883
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