This book brings together into one volume a number of articles that the author has written over the past 20 years, and includes a new extended essay written especially for this volume. The chapters, organized into sections, explore theoretical and clinical matters within a Jungian analytical framework, making carefully considered links to a number of psychoanalytical themes and concepts. The book also includes a section on ethics in the consulting room. In her new essay, Hester Solomon discusses pivotal themes in depth psychology: psychic transformation, synchronicity, and the emergence of complex adaptive systems in relation to the evolution of Jungs theory of the psychoid. She draws from fields of study such as anthropology, neuropsychology, the arts and religion to develop her themes. This is a reasoned integration and demonstration of the developing thought and clinical practice of an established Jungian analyst.
‘With this book, Hester Solomon offers a rich collection of her mature work on analytical themes. It is an important contribution to the ongoing evolution of the field of Analytical Psychology. Each chapter challenges previous assumptions and offers fresh perspectives and directions. Solomon is a leading light in contemporary Jungian thought.’
– Murray Stein, PhD, Former President IAAP, author of "Jung’s Map of the Soul" and "The Principle of Individuation"
‘Hester Solomon has had a profound influence on the development of Jungian theory and practice today. Her pioneering papers demonstrate that she is one of the leading intellectual and clinical contributors to the profession and demonstrate the range and depth of her thinking, from clinical, scientific and philosophical perspectives.’
– Jean Knox, PhD, MBBS, MRCPsych, Former UK Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology
About the author
List of Illustrations
Foreword by John Beebe
Part 1: Introduction
1 The self in transformation; the analyst in transformation
Part 2: Theoretical underpinnings and explorations
2 The transcendent function and Hegel’s dialectical vision
3 Analytical psychology and object relations theory
4 The developmental school in analytical psychology
5 Recent developments in the neurosciences
Part 3: Clinical explorations: the self, its defences, and transformations
6 The not-so-silent couple in the individual
7 The self in transformation: the passage from a two- to a three-dimensional internal world
8 Love: paradox of self and other
9 Did Freud and Jung have a ‘clinical’ encounter?
10 Self creation and the limitless void of dissociation: the ‘as if’ personality
Part 4: Ethics in the psyche: ethics in the consulting room
11 The ethical self
12 The ethical attitude: a bridge between psychoanalysis and analytical psychology
13 The ethics of supervision: developmental and archetypal perspectives
Part 5: The human psyche in a changing world
14 The potential for transformation: emergence theory and psychic change
About the Author:
Hester McFarland Solomon is a training analyst and supervisor for the Jungian Analytic Section of the British Association of Psychotherapists. She has been Chair of the BAP's Council, its Jungian Analytic Training Committee and its Ethics Committee, and is a Fellow of the Association. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) since 1998, becoming Vice President in 2001 and President Elect in 2004. In 2007 she becomes President of the IAAP.