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 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 techniques. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the problem 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 non secular which means.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:
‘Alchemy and which means’ - appears on the heritage of alchemy, rather the logo of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing dating.
'The symbolic perspective’ - explores operating with goals, fairytales, astrology and the physique: every one of that is a symbolic language.
‘The spirit and the flora and fauna’ - discusses the concept 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 follow the assumption of the coniunctio.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with medical examples, alchemical images and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an inventive paintings and a technological know-how. Bringing jointly participants from quite a lot of disciplines, Dale Mathers and members express that treatment is either paintings and technology, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their learn is their inventive engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy could be a useful source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and inventive, art-based treatments and for inventive practitioners (in movie, literature and appearing arts) who draw on Jung’s rules.
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