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 dedicated a lot of his existence to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious strategies. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the difficulty of alchemy within the consulting room and its software to social and political concerns. This ebook argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - clinical materialism - and for the invention of non secular meaning.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:
‘Alchemy and meaning’ - appears to be like on the historical past of alchemy, fairly the emblem of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing relationship.
'The symbolic attitude’ - explores operating with goals, fairytales, astrology and the physique: every one of that is a symbolic language.
‘The spirit and the common world’ - discusses the concept that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the paranormal points of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of image formation.
‘Clinical Applications’ - exhibits alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender id, in anorexia and in ‘social healing’ - atonement and restorative justice - which follow the belief of the coniunctio.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with medical examples, alchemical photos and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an artistic artwork and a technology. Bringing jointly individuals from a variety of disciplines, Dale Mathers and individuals exhibit that treatment is either artwork and technological know-how, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their examine is their inventive engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy might be a worthy source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and artistic, art-based treatments and for inventive practitioners (in movie, literature and acting arts) who draw on Jung’s principles.
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Hope is essential for any creative operation that ‘makes gold’. We feel alchemy is a language of hope, and hope you enjoy the alchemical quest. References Burr, V. (2003) Social Constructionism, London: Routledge. Butler, S. (1970) Erewhon, London: Penguin. Casement, A. (1995) ‘A brief history of Jungian splits in the UK’, Journal of Analytical Psychology 40: 327–342. Green, A. (2005) (trans. Katherine Aubertin) On Private Madness, London: Karnac Classics. Jung, C. G. (1963) Memories, Dreams, Reﬂections, London: Collins.
If I had not succeeded in ﬁnding such evidence, I would never have been able to substantiate my ideas. (Jung, 1997, p. 226) He found this evidence in two sources, Gnosticism and alchemy. The experiences of the alchemists were, in a sense, my experiences and their world was my world. This was, of course, a momentous discovery. I had stumbled upon the historical counterpart of my psychology of the unconscious. The possibility of a comparison of Alchemy with the uninterrupted chain back to Gnosticism, gave substance to my psychology.
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