Fairy Tales for the Psyche: The Myth of Sisyphus and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

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In the case of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" - one of two tales retold and interpreted in this volume by noted Jungian psychotherapist Verena Kast - the "open sesame" formula occurs in situations of actual or emotional impoverishment, when we find ourselves in some way restricted. The opening reveals hidden treasures: the experience of opening up allows the great treasure within to be revealed. The Myth of Sisyphus, the second story in this volume, also has a deeper meaning. The eternal repetition faced by ...
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Overview

In the case of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" - one of two tales retold and interpreted in this volume by noted Jungian psychotherapist Verena Kast - the "open sesame" formula occurs in situations of actual or emotional impoverishment, when we find ourselves in some way restricted. The opening reveals hidden treasures: the experience of opening up allows the great treasure within to be revealed. The Myth of Sisyphus, the second story in this volume, also has a deeper meaning. The eternal repetition faced by Sisyphus, as well as by all of us in our daily lives - at times when change would be most welcome - is not unlike the situation of the patient in therapy. "Won't I ever get a grip on my problems?" What is most important is to see the repetition for what it is and to reflect on the subtle changes that occur through this difficult process. In the best sense, Fairy Tales for the Psyche entertains and instructs, giving deeper meaning to well-known stories and, at the same time, to our lives.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780826408471
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: How to Really Get Rich
Open Sesame! 11
The Story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 13
Stories about Death 23
How to Deal with Poverty 37
The Thieving Shadow 44
The Fascination with Beauty 55
The Principle of Having; Or, Envy 60
Female Solutions 67
Outwitting the Robbers 71
Encountering the Center of the Shadow 78
Sisyphus: The Old Stone - The New Way
A Labor of Sisyphus 99
Pushing the Stone 102
Everyday Interpretations of the Myth 105
Associations: "What do you think of when you hear the term 'a labor of Sisyphus'?" 107
Reflections on the Mythical Image 115
Hope and Hopelessness; Or, Expectation and Disappointment 123
The Stone as Symbol 134
The Preconditions for the Punishment 138
Sisyphus - the Sneak and the Trickster 141
And Once Again the Stone 152
Holding On and Letting Go 159
The Myth of the Forty-Year Old 171
Other Interpretations of the Sisyphus Myth 175
Dreams and the Myth of Sisyphus 180
Notes 187
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