Trauma and the Soul


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Introduction.Trauma and Life-Saving Encounters with the Numinous. Loss and Recovery of the Soul-Child. Dissociation and the Dark Side of the Defensive System: Dante's Encounter with "Dis" in the Inferno.Trauma, Transformation and Transcendence: The Case of Mike.Wholeness and Anti-Wholeness Defenses. Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Inner World: Applying Theory to the Cases so Far. Innocence, Its Loss and Recovery: Reflections on St. Exuperey's The Little Prince.C. G. Jung Between the Worlds: Was Jung's Divided Self Pathological? Dismemberment and Re-memberment: Reflections on a Case of Embodied Dream Work in Light of Grimm's Fairy Tale The Woman Without Hands.

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Donald Kalsched is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is the author of numerous articles in analytical psychology, and lectures widely on the subject of early trauma and its treatment. His books include The Inner World of Trauma (1996).


"Kalsched's invaluable work shows that our psychopathology has a spiritual core, and demonstrates that dealing with such material is a spiritual practice. I believe his work is a form of the redemption of evil; the therapist visits the patient's hell with her, becomes a compassionate witness, and faces or even exorcises the devil in the patient's soul." - Lionel Corbett, Journal of Analytical Psychology

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