The Matrix and Meaning of Character: An Archetypal and Developmental Approach [NOOK Book]

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Character structures underlie everyone’s personality. When rigidly defended, they limit us; yet as they become more flexible, they can reveal sources of animation, renewal and authenticity.

The Matrix and Meaning of Character guides the reader into an awareness of the archetypal depths that underlie character structures, presenting an original developmental model in which current analytic theories are synthesised. The authors examine nine character structures, animating them ...

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Overview

Character structures underlie everyone’s personality. When rigidly defended, they limit us; yet as they become more flexible, they can reveal sources of animation, renewal and authenticity.

The Matrix and Meaning of Character guides the reader into an awareness of the archetypal depths that underlie character structures, presenting an original developmental model in which current analytic theories are synthesised. The authors examine nine character structures, animating them with fairy tales, mythic images and case material, creating a bridge between the traditional language of psychopathology and the universal realm of image and symbol.

This book will appeal to all analytical psychologists, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who want to strengthen their clinical expertise. It will help clinicians to extend their clinical insights beyond a strictly behavioural, medical or cognitive approach, revealing the potential of the human spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317796930
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,153,223
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy J. Dougherty is senior training analyst in the InterRegional Society of Jungian Analysts and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. She is coordinator of training in the Florida Associaiton of Jungian Analysts Seminar and is in private practice in Naples, Florida, USA

Jacqueline J. West is President and Training Director of the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, a senior training analyst in the InterRegional Society of Jungian Analysts and Jung Institute in Santa Fe. She is in private practice in Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The breath of Isis     1
An archetypal and developmental Matrix of character structures     4
The developmental phases     5
The relational patterns     11
The character structures     12
Regression, shadow, and the intersubjective field     14
Additional comments     17
Notes     19
The withdrawing pattern     21
Schizoid character structure     23
The Little Match Girl     23
Theoretical formulations     26
Schizoid defence of encapsulation     30
The goddess Sedna: icy abandonment, submerged creativity     45
Notes     50
Counter-dependent narcissistic character structure     53
Peter Pan and the archetype of the puer aeturnus     53
Fairy-tale sisters and puella psychology     60
Freud and neo-Freudians on narcissism     65
Case study: Joan - perfect image, shadowy daughter     69
Jung and Jungians on narcissism     71
Olympian virgin Athena: victorious and invulnerable     74
Notes     77
Obsessive-compulsive character structure     79
Case vignette: working for what is right and compulsively doing what is wrong     80
Developmental dynamics     81
A conundrum of terminologies     83
Theoretical antecedents     87
Personal and archetypal dynamics     89
"The Red Shoes"     91
Case study: sleepless, skinny, tormented and guilty     95
From Peter Pan and narcissism to Saturn and obsessive-compulsive disorder     99
Apollo: in the human realm, justice needs mercy if the will to power does not predominate     100
Summary of the withdrawing relational pattern     102
Notes     102
The seeking pattern     105
Borderline character structure: agony and ecstasy     107
Introduction     107
Allerleirauh: a tale of the soot-covered sun     111
The literature     115
Case study: Rachel - the sharp edge of a sword     120
The mythological landscape of borderline chaos     127
Final thoughts     132
Notes     132
Dependent narcissistic character structure     133
Introduction     133
Theoretical considerations     135
A fairy tale: learning to serve the self     142
Case study: Paul, a charming but desperate "courtier"     144
Demeter and Persephone     148
Final thoughts     154
Notes     154
Hysteric character structure     157
Alice's world     157
An introduction to the hysteric character structure     159
Theoretical considerations     161
Cassandra: gifted and cursed     167
Jason: developing a personal connection to feelings     168
Aphrodite: the golden goddess     174
Summary of the seeking relational pattern     177
Notes     177
The antagonistic pattern     179
Psychopathic character structure     181
Psychopathy, sociopathy, antisocial personality disorder     184
Archetypal dynamics in the analytic relationship: the risk of a naive assessment     189
Treatability and assesssment     192
Case study: Sue - a beguiling wolf in sheep's clothing     193
The deadly princess and her wily suitor     200
A challenge to action and the trickster within     206
Notes     208
Alpha narcissistic character structure     211
The dynamics of envy and destruction of that which is perceived to be good      213
Theoretical antecedents     215
Jungian theory: developmental dynamics     220
Case study: Elizabeth - pain, superiority, pain     221
The mythic dimension: the darkest side of the human soul     228
Notes     233
Passive-aggressive character structure     235
A sticky mess     235
Three perspectives on one story     238
Identifying the passive-aggressive character structure     241
Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit: endless rounds of trickery     245
The treatment of passive-aggressive dynamics     249
Final reflections     255
Summary of the antagonistic relational pattern     255
Notes     256
Conclusion     259
Character structures, consciousness and spirituality     259
Notes     263
Bibliography     265
Author index     277
Subject index     281
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