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 purple ebook’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He dedicated a lot of his lifestyles to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious methods. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the problem of alchemy within the consulting room and its program to social and political matters. This e-book argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - medical materialism - and for the invention of religious that means.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:

‘Alchemy and which means’ - seems on the historical past of alchemy, quite the emblem of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing courting.

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

‘The spirit and the wildlife’ - discusses the idea that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the paranormal features 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 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 participants express that remedy is either paintings and technology, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their examine is their artistic engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy should be a useful 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 principles.

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