HAS PSYCHOTHERAPY SOMETHING ESSENTIAL to learn from the art of the novel? Turning to literature as to "the other" of psychotherapy and analysis, the author of this essay, a practicing Jungian analyst, finds in the great novelist Joseph Conrad's account of the truth for which art strives a soulful alternative to the "evidence-based(TM)" modes of practice that have turned much of psychotherapy in our day into a subject-less, world-less, technical exercise. Theoretically rich, and illustrated with penetrating examples from literature and life, the essay also provides, in lieu of a seminar, extensive endnotes pertinent to that speculative turn in analytical psychology which is known as Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority.
About the Author:
Greg Mogenson, the publisher of Dusk Owl Books, is a registered psychotherapist and Jungian psychoanalyst practicing in London, Ontario, Canada. A founding member and current Vice-President of The International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority, he is the author of numerous articles in the field of analytical psychology. His books with other publishers include Psychology's Dream of the Courtroom; A Most Accursed Religion: When a Trauma becomes God; Greeting the Angels: An Imaginal View of the Mourning Process; The Dove in the Consulting Room: Hysteria and the Anima in Bollas and Jung; and (with W. Giegerich and D. L. Miller) Dialectics & Analytical Psychology: The El Capitan Canyon Seminar.