Article first published online: 27 JAN 2014
© 2014, The Society of Analytical Psychology
Journal of Analytical Psychology
Volume 59, Issue 1, pages 143–146, February 2014
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Willemsen, H. (2014), Books received. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 59: 143–146. doi: 10.1111/1468-5922.12060
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2014
The Cry for Merlin: Jung, The Prototypical Ecopsychologist: The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe. Vol. II. Carmel: Fisher King Press, 2012. Pp. xvi + 186. Ppk. £18.501.
2. Hermes, Ecopsychology and Complexity Theory: The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe. Vol. III. Carmel: Fisher King Press, 2012. Pp. iiv + 211. Pbk. £18.50
3. Land, Weather, Seasons, Insects: An Archetypal View: The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe. Vol. IV. Carmel: King Fisher Press, 2013. Pp. xiv + 117. Pbk. £18.50
Dr Dennis Merritt, a Jungian analyst and ecopsychologist who trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of Analytical Psychology, Zurich, has written a further three volumes in the Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe. The four volumes offer a comprehensive presentation of Jungian ecopsychology. Merritt wishes to bring to our attention the emergence of ecopsychology in the 1990s to consider how values, perceptions and attitudes affect our relationship to the environment. Ecopsychology addresses the disrupted relationship between men and his environment and aims to work towards a sustainable human culture. Merritt considers Jung to be the prototypical ecopsychologist, a man in touch with nature, with different dimensions of his life contributing to the creation of his system. In other words, an individual's autobiography can be treated in an ecopsychological manner. In the third volume Merritt discusses Hermes as the archetypal link to our bodies, sexuality, the phallus, the feminine and the earth. Hermes’ wand is a symbol for ecopsychology. The fourth volume involves the use of science, myths, symbols, dreams, Native American spirituality, imaginal psychology and the I Ching. Re-establishing a sense of the sacred about the earth is seen as a main purpose. Merritt hopes that the volumes contribute to a richer connection between psyches and the world of which they are a part.
Eros Naturally: Jungian Notes from Underground with Sett in my Ways. Toronto: Inner City Books, 2013. Pp. 110. Pbk. $25.00.
This is the next of Sharpe's instalments in his long-running series: This is another ‘Jungian Romance’, full of wit, literature and possibilities for self-discovery. Sharpe is well-known for his thinking and feeling, Logos and Eros, which is this time expressed with the help of Badger, an alter-ego, who playfully takes the reader on a journey to different times and places.
To Call Myself Beloved. Dublin: New Island, 2012. Pp. 254. Pbk. £11.99
Eina McHugh, previously a freelance journalist who now works as a director of a Cultural Centre in Dublin, writes about her experience of being in therapy. Told from the patient's perspective, the book takes the reader through the bare experiences of the analytic encounter. The book gives a rich insight into the emotional trauma suffered by those not physically injured during the years of conflict in Northern Ireland. This honest and open book, a brave voice of those dependent in analysis, provides a necessary perspective of the patient in therapy.
What is Psychoanalysis? 100 Years after Freud's ‘Secret Committee’. Hove: Routledge, 2013. Pp. vxiii + 221. Pbk. £28.99
Barratt writes a challenging book about the evolving discipline of psychoanalysis and its particular and various tentacles as developed over time. Freud's Secret Committee attempted to delineate the provenance of psychoanalysis but, paradoxically, psychoanalysis may remain as obscure and undefined as it was in 1912. Barratt examines psychoanalysis through the unconscious, the nature of personal history, our sexualities and the significance of the Oedipus Complex, providing the reader with a contemporary understanding of the discipline which remains so much in debate. Barratt attempts to focus on the psychoanalytic discourse providing students and clinicians with sophisticated and challenging views of psychoanalysis, which, in turn, he hopes, will contribute to further discussion of the differences between the different psychoanalytic factions.
Dramatherapy with Myth and Fairytale: The Golden Stories of Sesame. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013. Pp. 238. Ppb. £22.99, & .
‘Open Sesame’ is the well-known command to open the caves in the fairytale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Pearson, Smail and the late Pat Watts described the use of Sesame as a metaphor to open the inner world of an individual when working in a group enacting fairytales, myths and folk stories. Based on dance movement, drama and Jungian analysis, Sesame recognizes the therapeutic value of embodied experiences in dance movement. This book provides an introduction into drama therapy and the particular Sesame approach, and is filled with myths and fairytales used in the therapy sessions. This is a valuable book for drama therapists and those interested in the use of myths in therapy.
Assessment and Formulation
Psychodynamic Formulation. Oxford: Wiley, 2013. Pp. xii + 262. Hbk. £32.50, , , &
This book, a teaching instrument, is written for students in psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy. The authors help the reader study a method of developing a psychodynamic formulation based on the Describe-Review-Link process. In the initial phase of the formulation the problems and patterns are described; this phase is followed by a review of the developmental history of the patient. Finally, the problems and patterns are related to the developmental history of different organizing models of development. In the latter part of the book clinical examples of psychodynamic formulations in different clinical settings are given. An instructive and educational book for the therapist in training.
Relational Suicide Assessment: Risks, Resources and Possibilities for Safety. London: W.W. Norton, 2013. With a foreword by Donald Meichenbaum. Pp. xvi + 253. Hbk. £25.00&
Flemons and Gralink, a family therapist and a child and adult psychiatrist, have written an accessible and engaging book in which they develop more traditional suicide assessments using a relational approach assessments based upon conversation, rather than interrogation. The therapeutic principles are grounded in the concept of the embodied mind. They are inspired by Gregory Bareson's communicational model and Lakoff and Johnson's recognition that sensations, thoughts and emotions are based in the body and conceived of as relational processes. They no longer think of problems as labels but rather as a dynamic process. Attention is paid to ‘Open Sesame’ the intrapersonal as well as to the interpersonal level. This is a book for the relational clinician who at times needs to make an assessment of risk.
The following books have also been received. The inclusion of a book in this list does not preclude a subsequent review.
For Love of the Imagination. Interdisciplinary Applications of Jungian Psychoanalysis. London & New York: Routledge, 2014. Pp. xiv + 242. Pbk. £27.99 / $44.95.
Types psychologiques et processus d'individuation. Paris: Le Martin-Pêcheur, 2013. Pp. 147. Pbk. €18.00.
Myth, Literature, and the Unconscious. London: Karnac Books, 2013. Pp. 258. Pbk. £24.99, , (Eds).
Transformations: Jung's Legacy and Clinical Work Today. London: Karnac Books, 2013. Pp. xvi + 245. Pbk. £23.99, & (Eds).
Psychoanalysis in the Technoculture Era. London: Routledge in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Pp xxii + 134. With a bibliography and an index. Pbk. £26.99& .
Marion Milner: The Life. London: Routledge. Pp. xiii + 220. Pbk. £26.99.
Thinking Space: Promoting Thinking about Race, Culture, Class and Diversity in Psychotherapy and Beyond. London: Karnac Books/Tavistock Clinic Series, 2013. Pp. 288. Pbk. £26.99(Ed).
Psiche Primordiale. Una Visione a orientamento Junghiano-Transpersonale (Primordial Psyche: A Jungian/Transpersonal-oriented Vision). Bologna, Italy: Paolo Emilio Persiani, 2013. Pp. 297. Pbk. €15.90.