Chaos and Order in the World of the Psyche
‘I don’t know what’s the matter with me – everything’s upside down; the whole world seems chaotic’
Chaos may erupt in our lives in many different ways – through death, divorce, conflict with family, friends or colleagues. It is a frightening and negative experience, destabilizing the individual and provoking feelings of insecurity. Originally published in English in 1992, the author, through her work as a Jungian analyst, frequently acted as a companion, support and guide to those whose lives were in chaotic turmoil. She describes how therapy helps people to meet chaos, to accept and see it in a different way – as a starting point for a new kind of order in their lives. This ‘organic’ order is better suited to their own personal needs and personality and provides the strong and flexible basis necessary to meet the chaos that belongs to life.
Drawing upon the myths, tales and rites of ancient cultures, upon modern chaos theory, and upon her experience as an analyst the author shows the way through the chaos to a fuller, happier and more satisfying life.
List of illustrations. Introduction. 1. Chaos and Order in Our World 2. Collective Patterns of Chaos Encounter 3. Individuals in the Face of Chaos 4. Modern Science’s Views on Chaos and Order and What they Imply for Man 5. The Psychotherapeutic Chaos Encounter and the Search for Organic Order. Bibliography. Further Reading on Chaos. Name Index. Subject Index.