The Inner World of Trauma

The Inner World of Trauma : Archetypal Defences of the Personal Spirit

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Donald Kalsched explores the interior world of dream and fantasy images encountered in therapy with people who have suffered unbearable life experiences. He shows how, in an ironical twist of psychical life, the very images which are generated to defend the self can become malevolent and destructive, resulting in further trauma for the person. Why and how this happens are the questions the book sets out to answer.
Drawing on detailed clinical material, the author gives special attention to the problems of addiction and psychosomatic disorder, as well as the broad topic of dissociation and its treatment. By focusing on the archaic and primitive defenses of the self he connects Jungian theory and practice with contemporary object relations theory and dissociation theory. At the same time, he shows how a Jungian understanding of the universal images of myth and folklore can illuminate treatment of the traumatised patient.
Trauma is about the rupture of those developmental transitions that make life worth living. Donald Kalsched sees this as a spiritual problem as well as a psychological one and in The Inner World of Trauma he provides a compelling insight into how an inner self-care system tries to save the personal spirit.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 19.3mm | 535g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415123291
  • 9780415123297
  • 29,516

Table of contents

Introduction. The Inner World of Trauma in its Diabolical Form. Jung and Dissociation. Clinical Example: The Axeman. Mrs Y. and the Shotgunner. Mary and the Food Daimon. Further Clinical Illustrations of the Self-care System. The Little Girl and the Angel. Lenore and the Fairy Godmother. Gustav and His Heavenly Parents. Kaye and Her Dolphins. Patricia and the Ghost-child: When the Spirit Returns to the Body. Psychosomatic Illness and the Self-care System. Freud and Jung's Dialogue About Trauma's Inner World. Janet and the Inner Daimons. Trauma and Freud's Discovery of Physical Reality. The Seduction Theory. Jung's Complex Theory and Trauma. The Lady Who Lived on the Moon. Trauma and the Transpersonal in Unconscious Fantasy. Jung and Freud on the Psyche's Daimonic Resistance to Healing. Freud and the Daimonic Defenses of the Unconscious. Jung's Contributions to a Theory of the Self-care System. Jung's Trauma and Atmavictu. Jung's Mature Thought on Trauma. Jung and the Attacking 'Mind'. Jung's Duplex Self: Light and Dark. Yahweh and the Dark Side of the Self. Additional Jungian Contributions. Erich Neumann and the Distress Ego of Trauma. The London School of Archetypal Defenses. American Jungians. Popularized Versions. Psychoanalytic Theory About the Self-care System. Edmund Bergler and the Self-damaging 'daimonion'. Odier and the Malevolent/Benevolent 'Great Beings'. Sandor Ferenczi and the Caretaker Self's Transpersonal Wisdom. Object-relations Theorists. Introduction to Part II: Fairy Tales and the Two-stage Incarnation of the Self. Transitional Processes Between the Human and Divine. Psychology's Developmental Questions. Transitional Processes in Fairy Tales. Two-stage Healing of the Split in Fairy Tales. Rapunzel and the Self-care System. Rapunzel Patients. Rapunzel: Part 1. Rapunzel: Part 2. Rapunzel: Part 3. Rapunzel: Part 4. Psyche and Her Daimon-lover. Eros and Psyche: Part 1. Eros as Daimon. Daimonic Protection vs. Imprisonment. The Daimonic as Jailer. The Daimon-lover and Fantasy. Fantasy as a Defense Against the Symbolic. Individuation and the Tug of Reality. Eros and Psyche: Part 2. Rage and the Resistance to Incarnation. Voluntary Sacrifice and Embodiment. Joy and the Human/Divine Relationship. Fitcher's Bird and the Dark Side of the Self. Fitcher's Bird. The Story: Part 1. Love and Aggression in the Evolution of the Healthy Ego: Winnicott. Clinical Example. The Dual Nature of Sacrifice in the Transformation of the Self-care System. Fitcher's Bird: Part 2. Overcoming the Wizard with the Symbol. Prince Lindworm and Transformation of the Daimonic Through Sacrifice and Choice. Prince Lindworm: The Story. The Motif of the Child and Childlessness. Refusal to Choose. The Melancholic World of Fantasy in the Self-care System. Julia Kristeva and the 'Black Sun'. Excursus on the Defensive Uses of the Numinous. Prince Lindworm as a Twin. The Worm-prince and the King or
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"Kalsched's work is highly relevant to the current debate regarding false memory syndrome, the healing of post-traumatic stress, and openings for spiritual emergence out of sometimes life-threatening spiritual emergencies."
-"Exceptional Human Experience
"One of the most outstanding and important contributions to the practice of Jungian analysis (and psychoanalysis altogether) that I have encountered in the last few years."
-Mario Jacoby, C. G. Jung Institute, Switzerland
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About Donald Kalsched

Donald Kalsched is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute, New York.
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