By Dale Mathers
This hugely unique publication examines the connection among analytical psychology and which means, studying human pain as coming up from which means issues. utilizing scientific examples - even if humans trapped in styles of dependence, being affected by psychosomatic ailments, or with character difficulties - it indicates how, via treating consumers' matters as mess ups of the meaning-making method, you possibly can support them swap their very own personal own which means. An advent to which means and objective in Analytical Psychology will make provocative studying for all these in supporting professions, together with counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists.
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The pain intrinsic to negotiating this ‘contact barrier’ (mirrored in the barrier between ego and outside world) is suspended by repetition compulsions. 27 MEANING AND PURPOSE IN ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY Rituals, religious or obsessional, sexual or drug related, are comforting. The price is remaining between: in a ‘mine field’, a closed egocentric system, with a shadow life where power has replaced love. Persons or things on which one depends have non-negotiable loci of control. Relationships to Self and others are sado-masochistic: rubber and leather may physically enact a ‘contact barrier’, pushing your money (value) through a needle in your arm is a masochistic Selfattack (Cowan 1982:95–114).
Ben saw me cry and realised what he brought, including his tears, was valued. Trust deepened. By winter, he’d found a scruffy denim jacket and sneakers, shaved his head, moved from the street to a squat, got work as a labourer and joined a punk-rock band. Over two years, he came to accept that his friends and I valued him. He left for a year, then his mother died tragically. He came back rather than use hard drugs, had an atonement with his father; but wouldn’t take his money, except for part of my fee.
Like friendship, it manifests in time, a bit at a time. It’s transcendent, beyond understanding…like sand on a beach, finite yet uncountable. Self is the infinite potential in our genes, with infinite exits from our life’s time-corridor into moments. In object relations theory, ego is primary: ego, according to Freud, is the organised part of the self, constantly influenced by instinctual impulses but keeping them under control by repression; furthermore it directs all activities and establishes and maintains the relation to the external world.
An Introduction to Meaning and Purpose in Analytical Psychology by Dale Mathers