A Group Reading of Raina Telgemeier’s Guts: Applying Jungian concepts to a narrative about anxiety with Craig Stephenson, Jungian Analyst, New York City
In the New York Times, reviewer Scott Stossel describes Raina Telgemeier as the J. K. Rowling of adolescent graphic novels. About her third book, Guts, he praises "the accuracy and vividness with which she conveys the phenomenology of anxiety. No other book I have read on the subject has captured with such brilliant economy and psychological acuity what a severe phobia or panic attack is like.”
We will read aloud together as a group the graphic novel, taking parts, to bring her narrative into the present. Then we will employ Telgemeier’s portrayal of anxiety as a case narrative, examining her adult insights into the suffering of her younger self and registering our responses. Finally, we will apply Jungian concepts to the narrative to evaluate how analytical psychology might contribute additional insights to the case.
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