1st Edition

Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology The Moving Imagination

By Joan Chodorow Copyright 1991
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    Dance/movement as active imagination was originated by Jung in 1916. Developed in the 1960s by dance therapy pioneer Mary Whitehouse, it is today both an approach to dance therapy as well as a form of active imagination in analysis. In her delightful book Joan Chodorow provides an introduction to the origins, theory and practice of dance/movement as active imagination.
    Beginning with her own story the author shows how dance/ movement is of value to psychotherapy. An historical overview of Jung's basic concepts is given as well as the most recent depth psychological synthesis of affect theory based on the work of Sylvan Tomkins, Louis Stewart, and others. Finally in discussing the use of dance/movement as active imagination in practice, the movement themes that emerge and the non-verbal expressive aspects of the therapaeutic relationship are described.

    Part I. PERSONAL ORIGINS Dance to Dance Therapy Trudi Schoop Mary Starks Whitehouse Dance Therapy to Analysis Part II. DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY AND THE EMOTIONS Introduction to Part II Jung on Body, Psyche, Emotion The Structure of the Unconscious Basic Concepts Darwin and Tomkins Stewart's Affect and Archetype The Primal Self The Realized Self Child Development Active Imagination Part III. THE MOVING SELF The Nature of My Work Movement Themes, Ego and Shadow Movement from the Cultural Unconscious Movement from the Primordial Unconscious Movement from the Ego-Self Axis Closing Thoughts Appendix: The Emotions and the Universal Games


    Joan Chodorow Ph.D. is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Fransisco, in private practice. Her early background uncludes dance studies and performing and teaching experience. Her dance therapy training was with Trudi Schoop and Mary Whitehouse. She is a registered dance therapist and former President of the American Dance Therapy Association.

    `Joan Chodorow's innovative book affirms and develops dance/movement as a means of contacting and confronting unconscious material.' - Journal of Analytical Psychology

    `A wonderful book.' - Trudi Schoop

    `An excellent account of the origins and development of dance/movement as a form of active imagination. The result is outstanding.' - Joseph C. Henderson

    `[An] excellent book' - British Journal of Medical Psychology

    `In coupling astute theory with her own practical experience, she has created an integrated and moving work.' - The Friends of Jung Newsletter

    `Chodorow's clear and refreshingly non-jargonistic description of her work provides a valuable and accessible addition to the growing body of available dance movement therapy literature.' - Changes

    `The author's discussion is lucid, insightful, informative. ... She is undoubtedly the best qualified to write the unique and informative book.' - Bibliographie Zur Symbolik, Ikonographie Und Mythologie