Books by Stephen J. Foster
ISBN 9781894574334. Index. 128 pp. 2011. $25.00
In Risky Business, environmental disasters, our relationship with nature
and the Nature archetype are explored from a Jungian perspective
through the use of nature myths that illustrate greed and environmental
Our relationship with nature is considered through a felt-sense of
nature’s presence, what Jung called the “One World” or unus mundus.
Using Jung’s complex theory and his work on archetypes, the author
combines his background working as a scientist for hazardous waste
cleanup projects and his training as a Jungian analyst to examine the
psychological problem of toxic environmental spills.
Risky Business examines how Jung’s theoretical ideas activate the
psychology of not only the individual but also the collective when
environmental disaster occurs. Specific toxic spill case studies illustrate
how the Nature archetype can be expressed within communities that
struggle with cleanup; the resolution of conflicts between parties often
reveals the presence of what Jung called the Self working at the level of
Finally, the author discusses a love story written by J. R. R. Tolkien,
within the framework of an alchemical model, as an allegory for building
a resilient and more engaged relationship with nature.
Stephen J. Foster, Ph.D., M.A., is a graduate of the Inter-regional
Society of Jungian Analysts with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.
He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and has an environmental
consulting firm where he calculates cleanup levels for hazardous waste
sites in the U.S. and around the world.