By Dale Mathers
Alchemical symbols are a part of pop culture, such a lot lately popularised within the Harry Potter books. Alchemy intrigued Carl Jung, the founding father of analytical psychology. It encouraged him as he wrote ‘the purple Book’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He committed a lot of his existence to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious methods. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the problem of alchemy within the consulting room and its software to social and political matters. This ebook argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - medical materialism - and for the invention of religious meaning.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:
‘Alchemy and meaning’ - appears on the background of alchemy, relatively the logo of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing relationship.
'The symbolic attitude’ - explores operating with desires, fairytales, astrology and the physique: each one of that's a symbolic language.
‘The spirit and the common world’ - discusses the concept that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the magical facets of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of image formation.
‘Clinical Applications’ - indicates alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender identification, in anorexia and in ‘social healing’ - atonement and restorative justice - which practice the assumption of the coniunctio.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with scientific examples, alchemical images and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an inventive artwork and a technological know-how. Bringing jointly participants from quite a lot of disciplines, Dale Mathers and members convey that remedy is either artwork and technological know-how, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their learn is their artistic engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy should be a priceless source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and inventive, art-based cures and for inventive practitioners (in movie, literature and appearing arts) who draw on Jung’s rules.
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Additional resources for Alchemy and Psychotherapy: Post-Jungian Perspectives
The unconscious is unconscious is unconscious’, to misquote Gertrude Stein’s ‘a rose is a rose is a rose’. The unconscious is collective, a discourse shared by all of us, across all cultures. In ‘the Visions Seminars’ given to analytic candidates from 1930 to 1934, Jung presented an image of the blind ‘million-year-old man’. Wondering why he was sightless, Gerhard Adler answered, ‘he is blind because he is the collective unconscious which does not promote consciousness. ’ To which Jung answered: I think that would be the most concise answer to my question.
For example, ‘depression’ – existential angst and spiritual pain – is distilled into a disease with an ICD4 deﬁnition, treated with medication and ten sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy. All three discourses – by encouraging us to think in certain ways, rather than for ourselves – involve power dynamics. In alchemy, this is clear enough. The male adept does the magic, the female helper, the soror mystica, does the work and gets dirty. There is obvious gender power in the discourse. And analysis/therapy/ counselling is hierarchical.
Sobchak, 1996 cited in Briggs, Asa and Burke, 2002, p. 321) Against this bleak backdrop, a cry is rising from the human soul, the cri de Merlin – a cry for water in the desert of dehumanisation. Jung pioneered the way beyond the biological and medical when he separated from Freud. What followed was a profound encounter with the unconscious recorded and published as the Red Book. This pivotal work is the foundation of his unique psychological orientation and all his later writings. ’ and answering, ‘I have avoided the place of my soul’ (Jung, 2009, p.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy: Post-Jungian Perspectives by Dale Mathers