When the Body Speaks: The Archetypes in the body, 1st by Phyll Blakemore

By Phyll Blakemore

(Routledge) vacationing professor on the Univ., of latest Mexico, Albuquerque. textual content for college students and pros within the fields of kid and grownup psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Applies Jungian thoughts and theories to youngster improvement to illustrate how archetypal imagery shaped in youth can completely impact a person's psychology. Hardcover, softcover additionally on hand.

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When negative experiences occur, leading to feelings of discomfort, hate, despair, rage, violence, persecution, fear, and panic, the infant experiences both itself and its mother as destroyed by the baby’s own violent impulses, and the negative mother archetype is constellated (bad breast and unspeakable dread). The deintegrative phase is followed by a digestive phase called reintegration. This is a phase in which the self closes up again to digest the newly acquired experiences in order to integrate them.

I kept telling her that we would stop seeing each other soon because she and her parents had to go back home. She did not seem to hear it until about the nineteenth session, when she threw a terrible tantrum when it was time to leave. It took great exertion by her mother and me to hold her down and calm her because she used enormous strength and fought us as if to save her life. I managed to get her out of the door, but she squeezed herself between the door and doorframe and screamed in despair while trying to push her way back into the room.

She would make sure that both her mother and I watched her and she wanted to be praised when she finished. ” At first I was puzzled by this behavior, but then I suggested that Marsha felt as if she were falling apart. This seemed to make sense to her, for she started to repeat this game with ritualistic precision as she had done with the other games. I imagined that she was enacting the experience of an infant feeling uncontained by her mother’s mind, The Little Puppet 23 experiencing falling apart and going to pieces, which seemed likely, given the fact that Nadia had felt so distressed at the time of Marsha’s birth.

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