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Grendel and His Mother
Healing the Traumas of Childhood Through Dreams, Imagery, and Hypnosis

ISBN 9780415783743
Published April 15, 2019 by Routledge
186 Pages

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Book Description

One cause of the behavioral, emotional and mental torment in a person's life is the psychological trauma that results from the actions and words of parents and others. This volume, "Grendel and His Mother: Healing the Traumas of Childhood Through Dreams, Imagery and Hypnosis" by Nicholas E. Brink examines the effect of such trauma on a child's development and how the resulting torment eventually brings this child as an adult to psychotherapy. This trauma may be as subtle as a parental sigh of disappointment or as direct as physical or sexual abuse. Six clients are then led on a journeying through the unconscious mind using dream work, hypnosis and imagery in the course of therapy to uncover and heal these traumas to free the client of torment.

Table of Contents

I The Imagery of Dreams, Hypnosis, and Myth

II The Lineage of Hrothgar: Dissociation from Trauma
 The Nature of Trauma
 The First Generation:Exacting Tribute
 The Second Generation:Seeking to Please
 The Death of Scyld:The Time for Dissociation
 The Third Generation: The Payoff of Success
 The Fourth Generation:Becoming Established

III Grendel, Our Despair
 Grendel of the Borderlands
 Grendel, The Descendant of Cain
 The Grendel of Envy
 The Grendel of Self-Blame
 God and Abuse
 Attacked While Asleep
 Further Attacks
 Withdrawal to Outlying Buildings
 The Spirit is Broken
 The Treasure-Throne is Safe
 Prayers to Heathen Shrines

IV The Coming of Beowulf
 Beowulf Comes from Across the Sea
 Beowulf Comes Unexpectedly
 The Sentry Trusts Beowulf
 Beowulf’s Weapons are Left at the Door
 Hrothgar’s Chieftain Trusts Beowulf
 Hrothgar Knows, Trusts, and Appreciates Beowulf
 Beowulf Proclaims His Prowess
 Hrothgar Saves Face
 Unferth’s Jealousy
 Wealhtheow Nurtures

V Beowulf’s Preparation for Battle
 Hrothgar Leaves, Entrusting Heorot to Beowulf
 God is Recognized—The Divine Inspiration
 Beowulf Lays Down His Weapons
 Beowulf’s Men Fall Asleep
 Only Beowulf Remains Awake

VI The Death of Grendel
 Grendel Enters Heorot
 Grendel Destroys the Door of Heorot
 Grendel Devours a Geat
 The Death of Grendel
 Beowulf Rises
 Beowulf Grips Grendel
 Everyone is Seized in Panic
 The Hall Stands
 The Geats Brandish Their Swords
 The Wound

VII The Celebration
 Grendel’s Arm is Displayed
 The People Rejoice
 Tracking the Blood of Grendel
 A Poet Immortalizes Beowulf
 Hrothgar Arrives
 The Celebration Gifts
 A Ballad is Sung
 Wealthrerow Arrives
 Flushed with Wine

VIII Grendel’s Mother
 Grendel’s Mother
 Grendel’s Mother Enters Heorot
 Grendel’s Mother Seizes Aeschere and Runs
 Hrothgar is Broken Hearted
 Beowulf Learns of the Night
 Beowulf Accepts the Challenge
 Following the Blood of Aeschere
 Arriving at the Lake
 Beowulf’s Preparation to Dive

IX The Death of Grendel’s Mother
 Getting to the Bottom
 The She-Beast’s Awareness
 Grabbed by the She-Beast
 The She-Beast’s Den
 The Beginning of the End
 The Warrior and Beast Grapple
 Finding the Needed Weapon
 Hrothgar Returns Home
 Beowulf Gathers the Evidence

X The Final Celebration
 Beowulf Swims Ashore
 The Return to Heorot and Queen Wealtheow
 The Audience with the King
 The King’s Oration
 Bedding Down for the Night
 Beowulf’s Preparation for Returning Home
 The Gifts from the King
 Setting Sail
 In Conclusion




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Nicholas E. Brink, Ph.D., is a psychologist and a certified teacher of ecstatic trance with the Cuyamungue Institute. Board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology