Taming Your Inner Tyrant: A Path to Healing through Dialogues with Oneself describes the author's experiences with psychiatrist C. G. Jung's active imagination exercise, in which she dialogued with her intrusive inner critics and gradually found relief from both physical and psychic pain. At the end of each of the 17 chapters she offers experiments the reader can make to discover and dialogue with his or her own personal inner judges. Now that Jung's Red Book has been published, hailed by the New York Times as "the Holy Grail of the Unconscious," there is increasing interest in this mysterious process. Possible markets include psychology, spirituality, New Age, self-help and women's studies. More information is available at www.tamingyourinnertyrant.com
|Publisher:||A Spiritual Evolution Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.53(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
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Reviewed by Laurie Gray for Readers Favorite "In Taming Your Inner Tyrant: A Path to Healing through Dialogues with Oneself", accomplished journalist Patty de Llosa guides the readers through her personal odyssey using Jung¿s Active Imagination Experiment to disempower her critical inner voices by first separating herself from them and then dialoguing with them. The most prominent voice for de Llosa is a male Tyrant, but she includes dialogues with polarized personas such as the Wounder and Wounded, Terrorist and Tortured Hero, Scorner and Scorned, and a whole cast of archetypical characters that emerge through de Llosa¿s childhood, early adulthood, marriage, divorce, professional career, and post-retirement work as a teacher of Tai Chi and Taoist meditation. This psychological memoir incorporates an expansive bibliography of works exploring human consciousness. Though well-written, the book is not an easy read. De Llosa often moves backward to go forward, engaging in a circular battle with her ego. She shares the full cacophony of the voices and the violent aspects of her accompanying dreams. The expedition requires significant energy which readers may prefer to invest in the suggestions for self-inquiry at the end of each chapter. Still, the principal message is sound. We each must live our own lives and engage in our own peculiar dialogues. It is a process that must be experienced, not copied. In that respect, de Llosa¿s attempt serves as an illustration rather than a blueprint. For the author, writing is the process. For others it may come through painting, sculpting, gardening or any other form of creative expression. Nevertheless, in the end, it remains unclear whether any of us can ever fully resolve the conflict and integrate the fragments into a single, healthy identity.
I really enjoyed this book. It took me many new places in the inner world of the psyche.
In "Taming Your Inner Tyrant," Patty de Llosa gives a remarkably candid account of her life in light of the Jungian practice of Active Imagination. De Llosa shares her dialogues with her inner critics, dream characters, and personality fragments. By attending to those voices, theretofore ignored, the author began to heal her physical pain and ease mental tensions. Each chapter begins with the story of a period of the author's life, and the elements of her personality revealed therein. What follows is a dialogue between "the author" and that part of her personality. Finally, a suggested set of exercises, warnings, suggestions, and observations concludes each chapter. "Taming Your Inner Tyrant," will prove a great help to the spiritual seeker, health seeker, therapist, and actor alike. De Llosa's rigor and fearlessness in her own self-exploration and search for the truth will inspire those who wish to embark on or deepen the journey into their own shadowy parts.
Patty de Llosa manages to break through the wall that surrounds our inner life.She courageously reveals that years of torment she suffered through submission to a cruel tyrant who was the product of her own imagination. And she explains -- for the benefit of others -- how she lifted herself out of this subjugation.