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Chapter Six - Touching Trauma: Working Relationally and Safely with the Unboundaried Body

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Orit Badouk Epstein

Touch has a memory (John Keats)

As humans we exist with a rich tapestry of relational patterns, in which each individual is unique. Most of our clients have some form of traumatic experience, where their early relationships were either avoidant, ambivalent, or disruptive and unpredictable. Their environment did not provide them with the secure and safe holding they needed.

According to Alison Miller “The research evidence has not changed in the past fifty years: the factor that matters most in successful psychotherapy is the bond between the client and the therapist” (Miller, 2012, p. 209).

In this chapter I'd like to reflect on my personal approach to relational psychotherapy, which I hope can demonstrate various ways to understand meaningful attachment relationships in a wider context.

In the same way as a computer programmer, an engineer or a scientist will always try to work on ways of making improvements within their own field, similarly as an attachment-based psychotherapist I see my role to always try to find ways that will enhance my connection with my clients, particularly when we know that we are often most touched by actions of human kindness that stand outside the conventional box of relatedness.

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Chapter Six: New Perspectives in Jungian Clinical Practice

Boechat, Walter Karnac Books ePub

“The individual is a gateway…the issue is not simply solving individual neuroses, individual suffering, but dealing with those aspects where the individual suffering intersects, coheres, is in direct connection with collective problems”

—Sonu Shamdasani (Hillman & Shamdasani, 2013, p. 151)

James Hillman dedicates the chapter “The Pandemonium of Images” of his book Healing Fiction (1983) to the Jungian method of psychotherapy. The name of this chapter summarises the Jungian method, a constant confrontation with figures of the unconscious, a powerful technique based on the method of active imagination that Jung developed while writing Liber Novus. Hillman mentions (p. 53) that “Jung gave a distinct response to our culture's most persistent psychological need—from Oedipus to Socrates through Hamlet and Faust—Know Thyself.”

In fact, the major emphasis of The Red Book is the role played by its characters in Jung's personal myth and their meaning in his individuation process. However, the book also presents new perspectives for a revolutionary type of clinical practice. Liber Novus in its entirety can be seen as a sort of self-analysis by the author, who is searching for understanding during a time of significant transition, in which he is the patient, the method, and also his own analyst.

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8: Femininity and desire

Glocer Fiorini, Leticia Karnac Books ePub

Subject and desire are two categories whose encounter in the field of femininity is conflictive. Female subjectivity questions its relation with the field of desire; the itineraries of desire in women still traverse imprecise territories.

The naturalist, complementary notions of sexuality signal a limit which is difficult to resolve. Masculine and feminine are polarities sustained throughout the ages, upholding significations regarding forces and principles considered basic for existence. However, these are debatable notions, both because of their strict dichotomy and because of the relative weights that their determinations (biological, psychological, socio-cultural) receive in the different theories. In addition, the categories of woman and the feminine are not equivalent and yet develop complex interrelations. Proposals to think in terms analogous to the masculine only hinder the development of these notions. Work with both concepts means separating them while also sustaining their relations and conflicts.

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Lloyd, Naomi Karnac Books PDF


What did you come back to

After your holiday?

A whirlwind of pain and anxiety

Which had swept me up

And left me stranded on a beach somewhere,

Waiting for warm hands to lift me up again.

But this anxiety was deep inside.

On the surface was bravery and renewed hope.

But you delved below the surface

And found what was lying in the mud—

Something trampled and forlorn

That was waiting for resurrection.

“… . And so you came back from the summer break with the news that you hadn’t got through the interview—and then there was a series of poems …”

—Anna, recorded on 27th November 2008


ntitled Return, I presented this poem to Anna in our first session following her summer break, in 2002. The weeks following the fiasco of my interview were a dismal period of self-questioning and decision-making, during which I longed for Anna’s supportive presence. But I knew I had only myself to blame as I confronted the pain of failure and rejection alone.

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CHAPTER ELEVEN: Panic and pandemics: from fear of contagion to contagion of fear

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Mario Perini

From time immemorial, epidemics1 threatened man’s survival, mental peace, and the social order that man has come to create.

As Walter Pasini writes in his presentation of a recent Symposium on “old and new epidemics”:

Plague, smallpox, syphilis, cholera, tuberculosis, influenza have changed mankind’s history for their impact on men’s life and health, and their demographic, financial and social effects. The great epidemics created panic and anxiety as they decimated entire populations. If one single person’s illness or death represents a tragedy for his/her family, the collective death adds on feelings of impotence and fear concerning men’s fate.2

Besides being a haunting ghost, a terrible memory of the past, epidemics have recently also become a present nightmare, a source of individual and collective fears, so much harder to bear in that they symbolically represent all the unseen or disavowed insecurity, complexity, and vulnerability belonging to our current life, as well as the archaic anxieties and “nameless terrors” belonging to every human being’s early childhood experience.

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