Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit / Edition 1

Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit / Edition 1

by Donald Kalsched
     
 

Donald Kalsched explores the interior world of dream and fantasy images encountered in therapy with people who have suffered unbearable life experiences. He shows how, in an ironical twist of psychical life, the very images which are generated to defend the self can become malevolent and destructive, resulting in further trauma for the person. Why and how this

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Donald Kalsched explores the interior world of dream and fantasy images encountered in therapy with people who have suffered unbearable life experiences. He shows how, in an ironical twist of psychical life, the very images which are generated to defend the self can become malevolent and destructive, resulting in further trauma for the person. Why and how this happens are the questions the book sets out to answer.
Drawing on detailed clinical material, the author gives special attention to the problems of addiction and psychosomatic disorder, as well as the broad topic of dissociation and its treatment. By focusing on the archaic and primitive defenses of the self he connects Jungian theory and practice with contemporary object relations theory and dissociation theory. At the same time, he shows how a Jungian understanding of the universal images of myth and folklore can illuminate treatment of the traumatised patient.
Trauma is about the rupture of those developmental transitions that make life worth living. Donald Kalsched sees this as a spiritual problem as well as a psychological one and in The Inner World of Trauma he provides a compelling insight into how an inner self-care system tries to save the personal spirit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415123297
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
487,770
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The Inner World of Trauma in Its Diabolical Form11
2Further Clinical Illustrations of the Self-Care System41
3Freud and Jung's Dialogue about Trauma's Inner World68
4Jung's Contributions to a Theory of the Self-Care System84
5Additional Jungian Contributions100
6Psychoanalytic Theory about the Self-Care System115
7Rapunzel and the Self-Care System148
8Psyche and Her Daimon-Lover166
9Fitcher's Bird and the Dark Side of the Self184
10Prince Lindworm and Transformation of the Daimonic Through Sacrifice and Choice201
Notes216
Bibliography219
Index226

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