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Author Van Löben Sels, Robin E., 1938- author

Title Shamanic dimensions of psychotherapy : healing through the symbolic process / Robin van Löben Sels
Published London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
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Contents Introduction; Part 1: Personal, Cultural, and Historical Aspects of the Shaman; Chapter 1: The Shaman in History; Chapter 2: Initiation and Vocation; Chapter 3: The Shaman and the Vertical Hierarchy of Worlds; Chapter4: Journey and The Helping Spirits; Chapter 5: The Shaman and Solitude; Chapter 6: The Shamanic Personality and the Profession of Depth Psychotherapy; Part 2: Seven Expressive Attributes Used by the Shaman: Mask, Rhythm, Silence, Respiration, Movement, Sound, and Gesture; Chapter 7: Introduction to the Attributes; Chapter 8: Mask; Chapter 9: Rhythm; Chapter 10: Silence; Chapter 11: Respiration; Chapter 12: Movement; Chapter 13: Sound; Chapter 14: Gesture; Bibliography; Index
Summary In Shamanic Dimensions of Psychotherapy: Healing through the Symbolic Process, Robin van Löben Sels uniquely and honestly recounts her personal journey toward a shamanic understanding of psychotherapy. Exploring the disruptive breakthrough of visions and dreams that occurred during her analysis, personal life, and psychoanalytic training, van Löben Sels illustrates how the phenomenology of ancient shamanism is still alive and how it is a paradigm for the emergence and maturation of the psyche in people today. This original book delves into van Löben Sels's personal experience of the shaman, identifying such eruptions as a contemporary version of the archaic shaman's initiatory call to vocation. The book is split into two parts. It begins by outlining the shamanic personality in history, recognizing this as an individual that has been called out of a collectively sanctioned identity into a creative life, and the unconscious shaman complex they consequently face, especially in psychotherapeutic relationships. Practical as well as theoretical, the second part outlines the shamanic attributes that underline psychotherapeutic relationships - silence, sound, mask, rhythm, gesture, movement, and respiration - and usefully describes how to use them as asanas for consciousness, or vehicles toward psychological awareness. With clinical examples and personal stories throughout, this book's unique Jungian perspective addresses contemporary expressions of the shaman complex in our current world. Shamanic Dimensions of Psychotherapy: Healing through the Symbolic Process will be essential reading for Jungian analysts and psychotherapists in practice and in training, as well as for academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian studies. It will be especially helpful and illuminating to those who have experienced an involuntary plunge into the depths and who seek ways to articulate their experience
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Robin van Löben Sels, PhD, is a Jungian analyst teaching and consulting in New Mexico, USA. She is the author of A Dream in the World: Poetics of Soul in Two Women, Modern and Medieval (Routledge, 2003) and has written several other books and poetry
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Subject Psychotherapy -- Religious aspects -- Shamanism
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian
Genre/Form Electronic books
Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 100073949X