Alchemy and Psychotherapy: Post-Jungian Perspectives by Dale Mathers

By Dale Mathers

Alchemical symbols are a part of pop culture, so much lately popularised within the Harry Potter books. Alchemy intrigued Carl Jung, the founding father of analytical psychology. It encouraged him as he wrote ‘the crimson booklet’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He committed a lot of his lifestyles to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious tactics. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the problem of alchemy within the consulting room and its program to social and political matters. This publication argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - medical materialism - and for the invention of religious which means.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:

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

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

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

‘Clinical functions’ - exhibits alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender identification, in anorexia and in ‘social therapeutic’ - atonement and restorative justice - which observe the assumption of the coniunctio.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with scientific examples, alchemical photos and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an inventive paintings and a technological know-how. Bringing jointly participants from a variety of disciplines, Dale Mathers and members convey that treatment 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 can be a beneficial 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 acting arts) who draw on Jung’s rules.

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