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From the Brink

Experiences of the Void from a Depth Psychology Perspective, 1st Edition

By Paul W. Ashton


336 pages

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A commonly encountered experience of both analyst and analysand is that of the void. It is spoken about at different stages of therapy and refers to experiences that have different origins. Sometimes the experience of the void is around a relatively limited aspect of the psyche but at other times the void seems much more global and threatens to engulf the entire personality; the whole individual psyche then seems threatened by the possibility of dissolution into nothingness.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- The Territory -- On the territory of the void -- A walk on the wild side: connecting "the void" with people -- Primary or secondary? -- Psychotherapy and spirituality -- ORIGINS of the VOID EXPERIENCE -- Introduction to ORIGINS of the VOID EXPERIENCE -- Empty of oneself -- The void in psychogenic autism -- Another "black hole" -- Memory within the Borderline condition -- Trauma as a void experience -- Amplifications -- Myths and legends of the Creation -- Dimitri's void -- The King's sacrifice -- The "Birthday Present" -- The dark night of the soul -- Treatment -- Introducing the management of void states -- Aspects in the treatment of void states -- Connections, walls, and windows -- On active imagination -- Individual Experiences -- Void as a gender experience -- Void as a gender experience

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health