Last week in my Post-Jungian & Archetypal Psychology course, Ginette Paris discussed how viral jokes reveal what’s going on in the changing collective psyche. Ginette explained that “Myths and metaphors come from the dominant technologies, the new discoveries in science as well as the popular stories circulating in the culture (cinema, literature, advertising, politics…)” The examples she shared are both poignant and hilarious, and they must be passed on!
Her first two example are metaphors from IT to talk about relationships. Enjoy the links!
And her final example showed humor as form of deconstruction. I remember when this was circulating a couple years ago. I still laugh just as hard as the first time I read it.
A Short Fairy Tale
Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self assured princess happened upon a frog, as she sat, contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle.
The frog hopped into the princess’s lap and said, “Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper, young prince that I am and then, my sweet, we can marry and setup housekeeping in yonder castle with my mother, where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so.”
That night, as the princess dined sumptuously on a repast of lightly sauteed frog legs seasoned in a white wine and onion cream sauce, she chuckled to herself and thought, ” I don’t fuckin think so.”
Example: Metaphors from IT to talk about relationships.