Analytical Psychology

Analytical Psychology

Analytical Psychology

Analytical Psychology

Synopsis

The Jungian approach to analysis and psychotherapy has been undergoing an extensive reconsideration during the past decade. Analytical Psychology calls special attention to the areas that have been most impacted: the core concepts and practices of the Jungian tradition, along with relevant intellectual and historical background. Internationally renowned authors drawing on the forefront of advance in neuroscience, evolution, psychoanalysis, and philosophical and historical studies, provide an overview of the most important aspects of these developments. Beginning with a chronicle of the history of the Jungian movement, areas covered include: * a background to the notion of 'archetype' * human development from a Jungian perspective * the creative extension of Jung's theory of psychological types * re-evaluation of traditional Jungian methods of treatment in the light of contemporary scientific findings * Jungian development of transference and countertransference * a new formulation of synchronicity. Analytical Psychology presents a unique opportunity to witness a school of psychotherapy going through a renaissance. Drawing on original insights from its founder, C.G. Jung, this book helps focus and shape the current state of analytical psychology and point to areas for future exploration.

Excerpt

This series focuses on advanced and advancing theory in psychotherapy. Its aims are: to present theory and practice within a specific theoretical orientation or approach at an advanced, postgraduate level; to advance theory by presenting and evaluating new ideas and their relation to the approach; to locate the orientation and its applications within cultural contexts both historically in terms of the origins of the approach, and contemporarily in terms of current debates about philosophy, theory, society and therapy; and, finally, to present and develop a critical view of theory and practice, especially in the context of debates about power, organisation and the increasing professionalisation of therapy.

As editiors of this volume, Joe Cambray and Linda Carter have commissioned chapters of high academic quality from respected practitioners and theorists in the field of analytical psychology. They have, with great thought and care, constructed a book which takes the reader through a number of contemporary debates concerning key concepts and developments in this field, including archetypes, human development, consciousness, personality types, and synchronicity. The whole volume works on what the editors refer to as (two) axes: the intellectual/historical - which not only forms the cultural matrix for Jung's model of the psyche but also acts as a frame for the subsequent intellectual and organisational development of analytical psychology; and the developmental - which encompasses the reconsideration and reworking of core concepts of theory and method. From its first chapter, which considers the history of analytical psychology, the book holds and combines a focus on past, present and future. The contributors draw on Jung's own body of work, focus on and, to a certain extent, shape the current state of analytical psychology, and point to future areas for exploration. Drawing on developments in neuroscientific, evolutionary, psychoanalytic, philosophical and historical studies, both authors and editors fulfill the brief of the series, inviting the reader into important interdisciplinary territory. Notwithstanding its advancing nature and the sophistication of the ideas it contains, this volume stands as readable, accessible and stimulating to a

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