Alchemy and Psychotherapy: Post-Jungian Perspectives by Dale Mathers

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 pink e-book’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He dedicated a lot of his lifestyles to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious tactics. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the difficulty of alchemy within the consulting room and its software to social and political matters. This booklet argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - clinical materialism - and for the invention of religious which means.


Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:


‘Alchemy and that means’ - seems on the historical past of alchemy, rather the logo of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing dating.


'The symbolic angle’ - explores operating with goals, fairytales, astrology and the physique: every one of that's a symbolic language.


‘The spirit and the wildlife’ - discusses the concept that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the paranormal facets of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of image formation.


‘Clinical purposes’ - indicates alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender id, in anorexia and in ‘social therapeutic’ - atonement and restorative justice - which practice the belief of the coniunctio.


Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with medical examples, alchemical images and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an artistic artwork and a technology. Bringing jointly members from quite a lot of disciplines, Dale Mathers and individuals exhibit that remedy is either artwork and technology, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their learn is their artistic engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy might be a invaluable source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and artistic, art-based remedies and for inventive practitioners (in movie, literature and acting arts) who draw on Jung’s principles.

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