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Alchemy and psychotherapy : post-jungian perspectives

Author: Dale Mathers
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Alchemical symbols are alive in popular culture, as recently popularised in the Harry Potter books and films. Alchemy intrigued Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology. It inspired him as he wrote The Red Book - the journal of his voyage of internal discovery. He devoted much of his life to it, using alchemical symbols as metaphors for unconscious processes. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the issue of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2013035422
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dale Mathers
ISBN: 1317801059 9781317801054 9781315813271 1315813270
OCLC Number: 876882405
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Foreword / John Beebe --
Foreword / Susan Rowlands --
Editors introduction / Dale Mathers --
Alchemy and meaning --
The stone that the builders rejected / David Freeman --
Mysterium coniunctionis : fabric of life / Catherine Bygott --
The rosarium philosophorum / Dale Mathers --
The symbolic attitude --
The queen and the servant / Carola Mathers --
That moment in the rose garden / Antonia Boll --
A point in time : the birth chart as a living mandala / Karin Syrett --
Learning to move : imagination and the living body / Richard Wainwright --
The spirit and the natural world --
Hermes / Adele Davide --
The nature of burn out and the burn out of nature / Gottfried Heuer --
Embodied being as alchemy / Birgit Heuer --
Aurum vulgi : alchemy in analysis, a critique of a simulated phenomenon / Michael Whan --
Clinical applications --
Water and stone / Adele Davide --
Alchemy and atonement / Ruth Williams --
Sulphur rises through the blackened body / Maryann Barone-Chapman --
Alchemy and the masculine / Phil Goss --
Alchemy and anorexia / John Colverson --
The quest for individuation / Nathan Field --
Alchemy --
gottfried heuer --
Index.
Responsibility: edited by Dale Mathers.

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Alchemical symbols are alive in popular culture, as recently popularised in the Harry Potter books and films. Alchemy intrigued Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology. It inspired him as he wrote The Red Book - the journal of his voyage of internal discovery. He devoted much of his life to it, using alchemical symbols as metaphors for unconscious processes. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the issue of alchemy in the consulting room and its application to social and political issues. This book argues against the dominant discourse in contemporary psychotherapy - scientific materialism - and for the discovery of spiritual meaning. Alchemy and Psychotherapy has four main parts: 'Alchemy and Meaning' looks at the history of alchemy, particularly the symbol of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the therapeutic relationship. 'The symbolic attitude' - explores working with dreams, fairytales, astrology and the body: each of which is a symbolic language. 'The spirit and the natural world' - discusses 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological resources - the mystical aspects of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of symbol formation. 'Clinical Applications' - shows alchemy's use with victims of abuse, with those struggling to secure gender identity, in anorexia and in 'social healing' - atonement and restorative justice - which apply the idea of the coniunctio. Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated throughout with clinical examples, alchemical pictures and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is both a creative art and a science. Bringing together clinicians from different analytical psychology schools in the UK, contributors show that the consulting room is their alchemical laboratory, and that their research is their creative engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy will be a valuable resource for practitioners, students at all levels of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and creative, art-based therapies and for creative practitioners (in film, literature and performing arts) who draw on Jung's ideas.

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