Psyche and Death

Death-Demons in Folklore, Myths, and Modern Dreams

Author: Edgar Herzog

Publisher: Spring Publications

ISBN: 9780882145150

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

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In this extraordinary two-part study-first presented as lectures at the C. G. Jung Institute in Znrich-Edgar Herzog exhumes from myth, fairytale, and folklore macabre variations of the archaic Death Image. Divided into two parts, Part I deals with ethnological and mythological material consisting of reports and traditions from around the world. This part particularly focuses on the psychological reaction to death of groups, tribes, and peoples through rites, mythological stories, and folk customs that still survive within Western culture. In Part II Herzog focuses on the dreams of patients in psychotherapy. Herzog attempts to show how these dreams reflect the processes in the development and maturation of modern individuals, in and through dreams. Every therapist will benefit from this illumination of the darkest subject of all, eternal night.

Beyond the Brain

Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy

Author: Stanislav Grof

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780873959537

Category: Psychology

Page: 466

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Beyond the Brain seriously challenges the existing neurophysiological models of the brain. After three decades of extensive research on those non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic drugs and by other means, Grof concludes that our present scientific world view is as inadequate as many of its historical predecessors. In this pioneering work, he proposes a new model of the human psyche that takes account of his findings. Grof includes in his model the recollective level, or the reliving of emotionally relevant memories, a level at which the Freudian framework can be useful. Beyond that is perinatal level in which the human unconscious may be activated to a reliving of biological birth and confrontation with death. How birth experience influences an individual's later development is a central focus of the book. The most serious challenge to contemporary psycho-analytic theory comes from a delineation of the transpersonal level, or the expansion of consciousness beyond the boundaries of time and space. Grof makes a bold argument that understanding of the perinatal and transpersonal levels changes much of how we view both mental illness and mental health. His reinterpretation of some of the most agonizing aspects of human behavior proves thought provoking for both laypersons and professional therapists.

Curing the Dread of Death

Theory, Research and Practice

Author: Rachel E. Menzies,Ross G. Menzies,Lisa Iverach

Publisher: Australian Academic Press

ISBN: 1925644111

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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This unique book explores the dread of death and its management from a wide range of perspectives with researchers and writers from a variety of cultures, academic traditions and disciplines across the globe. The fields covered are broad — including palliative care and grief, psychodynamic theory, social, developmental and clinical psychology, sociology and anthropology, counselling practice as well as history, art, and philosophy.

Aspects of Death in Early Greek Art and Poetry

Author: Emily Vermeule

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520044043

Category: History

Page: 270

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The ancient Greeks devoted a significant portion of their poetic and artistic energy to exploring themes of death. Vermeule examines the facts and fictions of Greek death, including burial and mourning, visions of the underworld, souls and ghosts, the value of heroic death in battle, the quest for immortality, the linked powers of death, sleep, and love, and more.

Beyond the Pleasure Principle

Author: Sigmund Freud

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486790304

Category: Psychology

Page: 64

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Controversial 1920 publication expands Freud's theoretical approach to include the death drive. The philosopher's concept of the ongoing struggle between harmony (Eros) and destruction (Thanatos) influenced his subsequent work.

The Death-ego and the Vital Self

Romances of Desire in Literature and Psychoanalysis

Author: Gavriel Reisner

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838639214

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

View: 3485

This volume presents original views of the relationship between desire and romance. It begins by looking anew at the nature of desire, citing its central theoretical text as Freud's 'Beyond the Pleasure Principle'. It traces the struggle betwen myth and romance, between the ego on its way to death and the self in search of life, through close readings of poems and letters of John Keats and in detailed considerations of a series of novels including 'Frankenstein', 'Wuthering Heights', 'Jane Eyre', and 'Sons and Lovers'.

Death and Mastery

Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism

Author: Benjamin Y. Fong

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231542615

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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The first philosophers of the Frankfurt School famously turned to the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud to supplement their Marxist analyses of ideological subjectification. Since the collapse of their proposed "marriage of Marx and Freud," psychology and social theory have grown apart to the impoverishment of both. Returning to this union, Benjamin Y. Fong reconstructs the psychoanalytic "foundation stone" of critical theory in an effort to once again think together the possibility of psychic and social transformation. Drawing on the work of Hans Loewald and Jacques Lacan, Fong complicates the famous antagonism between Eros and the death drive in reference to a third term: the woefully undertheorized drive to mastery. Rejuvenating Freudian metapsychology through the lens of this pivotal concept, he then provides fresh perspective on Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse's critiques of psychic life under the influence of modern cultural and technological change. The result is a novel vision of critical theory that rearticulates the nature of subjection in late capitalism and renews an old project of resistance.

A Life and Death Decision

A Jury Weighs the Death Penalty

Author: Scott E. Sundby

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230600638

Category: Law

Page: 220

View: 7546

With a life in the balance, a jury convicts a man of murder and now has to decide whether he should be put to death. Twelve people now face a momentous choice. Bringing drama to life, A Life and Death Decision gives unique insight into how a jury deliberates. We feel the passions, anger, and despair as the jurors grapple with legal, moral, and personal dilemmas. The jurors' voices are compelling. From the idealist to the "holdout," the individual stories--of how and why they voted for life or death--drive the narrative. The reader is right there siding with one or another juror in this riveting read. From movies to novels to television, juries fascinate. Focusing on a single case, Sundby sheds light on broader issues, including the roles of race, class, and gender in the justice system. With death penalty cases consistently in the news, this is an important window on how real jurors deliberate about a pressing national issue.

A Far-off Country

A Guide to C.S. Lewis's Fantasy Fiction

Author: Martha C. Sammons

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761815877

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 369

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A Far-Off Country offers a comprehensive introduction to C.S. Lewis' major works of fantasy fiction: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and Till We Have Faces. Drawing on Lewis' manuscripts as well as unpublished letters, Sammons provides a detailed background for the novels, including biographical information on Lewis as it pertains to each work. She thoroughly investigates the characters, symbols, and themes of the novels, highlighting the Christian doctrines that are embedded in them in addition to the many Biblical parallels. Sammons also includes numerous references from Lewis' other books, ultimately relating the ideas presented in his written works to his Christian beliefs. Exhaustive in its analysis yet accessible to a wide audience, this book will excite those in search of an insightful guide to Lewis' works.

Life Paints Its Own Span

On the Significance of Spontaneous Paintings by Severely Ill Children

Author: Susan Bach

Publisher: Daimon

ISBN: 9783856305161

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 204

View: 9058

The pioneering work, Life Paints Its Own Span, is a comprehensive exposition of Susan Bach's original approach to the physical and psychospiritual evaluation of spontaneous paintings and drawings by severely ill patients. At the same time, this work is a moving record of Susan Bach's own journey of discovery.

The Walking Dead Psychology

Psych of the Living Dead

Author: Travis Langley

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454917052

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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"The Walking Dead "depicts a postapocalyptic world filled with relentless violence and death. How would such trauma affect the psyche? Nineteen fascinating essays explore the deep psychological forces that drive the show's action, from the costs of killing and survivor guilt to the consequences of nonstop stress and the struggle to find meaning in tragedy. "The Walking Dead Psychology "helps fans better grasp this compelling fictional universe.

Cupid and Psyche

An adaptation of the story in `The Golden Ass' of Apuleius

Author: M. G. Balme,J. H. W. Morwood

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199120475

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 4086

An adaptation of the story in The Golden Ass of Apuleius by M.G. Balme and J.H.W. Morwood.

Human Excellence and an Ecological Conception of the Psyche

Author: John H. Riker

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791405185

Category: Philosophy

Page: 239

View: 2827

This book explores the possibility of grounding the idea of human excellence, which has traditionally been associated with hierarchical systems, on an ecological structuring of the psyche. Riker bases his concept on recent work in psychoanalytic theory, emotion theory, sociobiology, ethnogenic social psychology, and feminism, as well as on the insights of such philosophers as Aristotle, Nietzsche, Whitehead, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein.

Psyche and Soma

Physicians and Metaphysicians on the Mind-body Problem from Antiquity to Enlightenment

Author: John P. Wright

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199256747

Category: Philosophy

Page: 298

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Psyche and Soma is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the conceptions of the human soul or mind and body, through the course of more than two thousand years of Western history. Thirteen specially commissioned chapters, each written by a recogized expert, discuss figures such as the physicians Hippocrates, Galen, Stahl, and Cabanis; theologians St Paul, Augustine, and Aquinas; and philosophers from Plato and Aristotle to Descartes, Leibniz, and La Mettrie. The chapters explore in chronlogical sequence the views of these writers on such questions as the soul's immortality, the control it exerts over the body, how mental disturbances arise out of bodily imbalances, and the roles of the priest and the physician in promoting spiritual and mental health. Psyche and Soma will be a key point of reference and a rich source of illumination in this central area of human inquiry.

The Adolescent Psyche

Jungian and Winnicottian Perspectives

Author: Richard Frankel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317725034

Category: Psychology

Page: 264

View: 8441

Adolescence is recognised as a turbulent period of human development. Along with the physical changes of puberty, adolescents undergo significant transformations in the way they think, act, feel and perceive the world. The disruption that is manifest in their behaviour is upsetting and often incomprehensible to the adults surrounding them. In The Adolescent Psyche Richard Frankel shows how this unique stage of human development expresses through its traumas and fantasies the adolescent's urge towards self-realization. The impact of contemporary culture on the lives of young people has resulted in an increasing number of adolescents being referred for psychotherapy and psychiatric treatment. Successful outcomes are often difficult to achieve in clinical work with clients of this age-group. The advice and guidelines which Frankel provides will be welcomed by psychotherapists, parents, educators and anyone working with adolescents.

Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture

Author: Jonathan Dollimore

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135773270

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

View: 3458

Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture is a rich testament to our ubiquitous preoccupation with the tangled web of death and desire. In these pages we find nuanced analysis that blends Plato with Shelley, Hölderlin with Foucault. Dollimore, a gifted thinker, is not content to summarize these texts from afar; instead, he weaves a thread through each to tell the magnificent story of the making of the modern individual.