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

Kalsched, Donald

 The author is both a psychoanalyst and a Jungian. In a sense, in his work (as presented in this book) he has gone back to the seminal rift between Freud and Jung, in which they could not agree on the origin and nature of trauma (inner and outer) and the role fantasy plays in each. Freud saw the fantasy as sexual at base, whereas Jung saw it as complex, involving one or more of several archetypes, and at base, each one associated with the numinous. Numinous experiences, including fantasies, are exceptional experiences. Kalsched’s theories, based on and fortified by case studies, mends the rift between the Freudian-Jungian approaches, making use of object-relations theory in the process. 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.
Publisher Information:New York: Routledge, 1996. x + 239p. Bibl: 219-225; Chapnotes: 216-218; Ind: 226-230
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