The Primal Wound: A Transpersonal View of Trauma, Addiction, and Growth

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The primal wound is the result of a violation we all suffer in various ways, beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout life. Because we are treated not as individual, unique human beings but as objects, our intrinsic, authentic sense of self is annihilated. This primal wounding breaks the fundamental relationships that form the fabric of human existence: the relationship to oneself, to other people, to the natural world, and to a sense of transpersonal meaning symbolized in concepts such as the ...
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The primal wound is the result of a violation we all suffer in various ways, beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout life. Because we are treated not as individual, unique human beings but as objects, our intrinsic, authentic sense of self is annihilated. This primal wounding breaks the fundamental relationships that form the fabric of human existence: the relationship to oneself, to other people, to the natural world, and to a sense of transpersonal meaning symbolized in concepts such as the Divine, the Ground of Being, and Ultimate Reality. In this book Firman and Gila apply object relations theory, self-psychology, transpersonal psychology, and psychosynthesis to the issues of psychological wounding, healing, and growth and show how this wounding can be redeemed through therapy and through changing one's way of living.
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According to the authors, the primal wound is the result of a violation we all experience in various ways, in which we are treated not as individual, unique human beings, but as objects. In this volume, Firman and Gila apply object relations theory, self-psychology, transpersonal psychology, and psychosynthesis to the issues of psychological wounding, healing, and growth, and show how subjectivity can be restored through therapy and through changing one's way of living. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 An Addiction/Abuse Workshop 13
Ch. 2 The Source of Human Spirit 27
Ch. 3 The Human Spirit 49
Ch. 4 The Development of Spirit 71
Ch. 5 The Primal Wound 89
Ch. 6 The Higher and Lower Unconscious 121
Ch. 7 Personalities and Subpersonalities 151
Ch. 8 Self-Realization 181
Ch. 9 Psychosynthesis Therapy 209
Ch. 10 The Psychosynthesis Therapist 229
Notes 255
Bibliography 265
Index 275
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