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An Introduction to Meaning and Purpose in Analytical Psychology

1st Edition

By Dale Mathers


304 pages

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Paperback: 9780415207690
pub: 2001-06-28
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This highly original book examines the relationship between analytical psychology and meaning, interpreting human suffering as arising from meaning disorders. Using clinical examples - whether people trapped in patterns of dependence, suffering from psychosomatic diseases, or with personality problems - it shows how, by treating clients' issues as failures of the meaning-making process, one can help them change their own own personal meaning.

An Introduction to Meaning and Purpose in Analytical Psychology will make provocative reading for all those in helping professions, including counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists.


'Mathers manages to bring together scientific and psychological approaches to the mind/brain in an understandable format.' - Ann Casement, Chair, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

Between. Individuation. The Child's Development of Meaning. The Body and Meaning Disorder. Primary Meaning Disorder. Dreams and Meaning. Time and Meaning. Language and the Structure of Myth. Myth and Culture. Philosophical Background. Religion, Politics and the Collective Unconscious. The Art of Meaning.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling