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 purple Book’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He dedicated a lot of his existence to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious methods. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the difficulty of alchemy within the consulting room and its program to social and political matters. This ebook argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - medical materialism - and for the invention of religious meaning.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:
‘Alchemy and meaning’ - appears to be like on the historical past of alchemy, rather the logo of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing relationship.
'The symbolic attitude’ - explores operating with desires, fairytales, astrology and the physique: each one of that's a symbolic language.
‘The spirit and the typical world’ - discusses the idea that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the magical elements of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of image formation.
‘Clinical Applications’ - indicates alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender id, in anorexia and in ‘social healing’ - atonement and restorative justice - which follow 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 technological know-how. Bringing jointly participants from a variety of disciplines, Dale Mathers and participants convey that remedy is either paintings and technology, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their learn is their artistic engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy might be a beneficial source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and inventive, art-based remedies and for artistic practitioners (in movie, literature and appearing arts) who draw on Jung’s rules.
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Leading to ‘milk causes crime because criminals drank milk as babies’. 5 DALE MATHERS Alchemy, of course, is spectacularly fond of serving both errors, far earlier, sauced with magical thinking. Scientiﬁc metaphors are not symbols, they are knowns pointing to knows. Babies have mothers; we all know that. If mother isn’t a symbol, she’s a sign. There is no ‘added value’. French psychoanalyst Andre Green knew that when analysts talk about ‘breasts and penises’ they ought to remember they are using the words as metaphors: the ﬁercest partisans of the reference to the loss of the breast in contemporary psychoanalytic theory, the Kleinians, now admit, humbly watering down their wine, that the breast is just a word to designate the mother, this, to the satisfaction of non-Kleinian theoreticians who often psychologise psychoanalysis.
To the contemporary world. But when I began to understand alchemy I realised that it represented the historical link with Gnosticism, and that continuity therefore existed between past and present. Grounded in the natural philosophy of the Middle Ages, Alchemy formed the bridge on the one hand into the past – to Gnosticism and on the other into the future, to the modern psychology of the unconscious. (Jung, 1977, pp. 226–227) Projection of the self Alchemists believed in a process by which gold could be produced from base metals; Gnostics believed immaterial sparks of spirit could be released from the body to enable them to reunite with the g-dhead.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy: Post-Jungian Perspectives by Dale Mathers