The Center for
Jung Studies of Detroit
Goldilocks, Grandiosity, and
the Power Complex
Nancy Dougherty A.C.S.W
Through an exploration of the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," this presentation
will explore the dynamics of the unconscious power complex and speculate about its potential transformation
Just as the story "Psyche and Eros" was a latecomer to classical Greek mythology,
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" did not appear in European folklore until the late 19th
century. Both tales reflect a new development in consciousness. While the travails of Psyche and her
redemption by love illuminate the earthly development of a human soul, Goldilocks' adventure illustrates the
process of a soul's reconnection to the instinctual psyche and the body.
In both tales, the heroine's curiosity is the proactive desire that leads to the exploration of new and
previously taboo territories. Unlike earlier fairy tale motifs, Goldilocks' investigative curiosity is not
punished. She explores the den of the three bears that she discovers in the woods and escapes when the bears
return home. Symbolically, Goldilocks is investigating her own unfamiliar instinctual nature. She finishes
her exploration both fed and rested. In addition, she escapes just in time, a little wiser about what is
"just right" for herself. The bear is an especially accurate totem to symbolize the integration of
aggressive and sexual instincts.
Suggested reading: Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2 of "Women Who Run with the Wolves"by
Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
Time and Place
June 1, 1996
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church on Maple in Birmingham
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