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Trauma and the Soul A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and Its Interruption

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ISBN-10: 0415681464

ISBN-13: 9780415681469

Edition: 2013

Authors: Donald Kalsched

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In Trauma and the Soul, Donald Kalsched continues the exploration he began in his first book The Inner World of Trauma, this time going further into the mystical or spiritual moments that often come to the fore in psychoanalytic work. Through extended clinical vignettes, including therapeutic dialogue and dreams, he shows how the inter-subjective relational field can open both analytic partners to ‘another world’ of non-ordinary reality in which daimonic powers reside, both light and dark. This spiritual ‘world’, he suggests, is not a result of our struggle with the harsh realities of living as Freud suggested, but is an everlasting fact of human experience – a mystery that is often at the…    
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List price: $61.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Credits and permissions in order of appearance in the text
Illustration credits
List of plates and figures
The present work
Two worlds
Trauma and the self-care system
Considering the soul
The soul's development
The interruption of trauma
Concluding thoughts
Trauma and life-saving encounters with the numinous
Depth psychology's discovery of the spirit world
Encounters with the mystery
Visitations at the moment of dying
The Virgin Mary as guardian angel
Mary and the baby at 25,000 feet
A mystical experience in Jungian analysis
The remarkable "presences" of this chapter
Loss and recovery of the soul-child
The child between the worlds: D. W. Winnicott's transitional space
First case: baby in a cage
Second case: stockbroker and the buried child
Third case: Dellie and the pony
The lost and recovered child in world mythology
Dissociation and the dark side of the defensive system: Dante's encounter with "Dis" in the Inferno
Dis and aggression
Glimpses of Dis in the clinical situation
Dis in psychoanalysis, Jungian theory, and beyond
The descent
"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"
Dis and the demon of depression
Clinical example: the case of Helen
The descent continued: Limbo
An example of a breakthrough with spiritual implications
Stuck in Limbo: malignant innocence
Diane: malignant innocence
Dis and embodiment
Further descent into the nether regions
Digression on angels at the gate of Dis
The descent continued: encounter with Dis
Encountering Dis up close in the transference
Conclusion: two kinds of suffering
Trauma, transformation, and transcendence: the case of Mike
First meeting
Comment on the basic split of early trauma
Initial sessions and the recovery of lost children
Grief work
Recovery of the lost boy/child
Inner and outer boys
Recovery of the lost feminine
Middle phase: new relationship to aggressive energies
Anger in the transference
The pie-baker and the stained glass man
Churches as sanctuaries for integration of love and hate
Revelation, the Buddha's tear, and the arrival of sympathy
Regression and reconstitution of the old defense
The return of Sympathy
Voluntary sacrifice and the beheading game
Opening into pain is opening into God
Wholeness and anti-wholeness defenses
To be seen in our wholeness
Wholeness and our spiritual inheritance
Wholeness, distorting mirrors, and the personal narrative
Jung's recovery of wholeness through a dream
Jung's later description of wholeness
Contributions of neuroscience toward an understanding of wholeness
The case of Cynthia
Psychoanalytic approaches to the inner world: applying theory to the cases so far
Ronald Fairbairn and inner persecution
John Steiner and psychic retreats
Christopher Bollas and the inner world as ghostland
Arnold Modell and the private self
Neville Symington and the true vs. false God
James Grotstein and the ineffable subject of the unconscious
Innocence, its loss, and recovery: reflections on St. Exup�ry's The Little Prince
Innocence and how psychoanalysts view it
Innocence in the Western literature
St. Exup�ry's The Little Prince
The case of Barbara
The story: a little prince between the worlds
Innocence risking experience
Taming: wheatfields
Invisible things of the heart
Little prince meets pilot
Story of Barbara, continued
The Little Prince concluded: the pilot begins to understand
Lessons from our story
Barbara: a late dream
C.G. Jung's divided self: learning to live "between the worlds"
Introduction and links to previous chapters
C.G. Jung's odyssey between the worlds: parallels with The Little Prince
Hidden candlesticks
Jung's story, continued
The dialectic of Jung's two worlds in relation to Freud and psychoanalysis
Overview of Jung's life story
Winnicott's review of Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Winnicott's allegations about Jung's psychopathology
Evaluating Winnicott's interpretations
Summary and conclusions
Dis-memberment and re-memberment: reflections on a case of embodied dream work in light of Grimm's fairytale, The Woman Without Hands
On the inclusion of fairy tales
The oppression of the body by the mind
The case of Deborah
The Woman Without Hands: part I
Deborah's early therapy process
Toward a theoretical understanding
The Woman Without Hands: part II
Deborah's therapy process: the silver hands stage
The Woman Without Hands: part III
Deborah's time in the "forest"