Skin Disease: A Message from the Soul: A Treatise from a Jungian Perspective of Psychosomatic Dermatology

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The last fifty years have encompassed unparalleled development in the world of scientific medical research. Yet, the causation of many diseases eludes consciousness. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the sometimes neglected discipline of dermatology, as a scientific basis for causation and treatment is offered to very few diseases of the skin. In fact, the cause is unknown in the vast majority of cases. This work is an exploration of the unconscious psychic background of acute, but mainly chronic, skin ...
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Overview

The last fifty years have encompassed unparalleled development in the world of scientific medical research. Yet, the causation of many diseases eludes consciousness. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the sometimes neglected discipline of dermatology, as a scientific basis for causation and treatment is offered to very few diseases of the skin. In fact, the cause is unknown in the vast majority of cases. This work is an exploration of the unconscious psychic background of acute, but mainly chronic, skin diseases. It is a study which includes both the personal unconscious of each individual and the vast archetypal world with its communication by image and symbol, which is named the collective unconscious or objective psyche. Its reality was established 100 years ago by C.G. Jung's early work with the galvanometer and the word association test, through the medium of the skin. He was to describe psyche, including consciousness and the unconscious realm, as the greatest of all cosmic wonders. His concept of the human soul included this totality of psyche. The development of the field of biofeedback later in the last century revealed the extraordinary ability of the skin to reflect the inner life of psyche. In this psychological exploration of each individual troubled by problems of the skin, a wide variety of psychic emotional disturbances was uncovered in the course of the study. It also became apparent that the skin is a paramount psychic reflector in a singularly graphic way in many instances. The conscious recognition of these hidden disturbances and the acceptance by the individual proved to be the key factor in the study. This realization with its inherent meaning usually brought amelioration of symptoms and often a resolution of the ailment. The skin disease in such cases is a message from the soul itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853437489
  • Publisher: Free Association Books Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 19
1 The role of the skin in mythology 28
2 The role of the skin in the Old Testament 44
3 The role of the skin in fairy tales 49
4 Eczema 55
5 Urticaria 76
6 Psoriasis 92
7 Lichen planus 108
8 Alopecia areata and totalis 125
9 Blistering diseases of the skin 134
10 Erythroderma 156
11 Connective tissue diseases 159
12 The archetypal background of skin disese 174
13 The archetype of fire 176
14 The archetype of the serpent 184
Epilogue 199
Bibliography 203
Glossary of specialized technical terms 205
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