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Susceptible to the Sacred
The Psychological Experience of Ritual

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ISBN 9780415126205
Published May 24, 1996 by Routledge
148 Pages

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Book Description

In Susceptible to the Sacred, Bani Shorter, a well-known Jungian analyst, examines the psychological experience of ritual in contemporary life and how this promotes awareness of the individual's natural potential. Basing her book on live material, she investigates, with great sensitivity, how people perceive the sacred and use ritual in their search for purpose, motivation and transformation.

Table of Contents

1 Made by media 2 Instant liturgy? 3 Theatre of the soul 4 The rite of creativity 5 Listening to subjectivity 6 Prisoner of a thousand faces 7 If ritual dies

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Bani Shorter is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Edinburgh. She is also the author of An Image Darkly Forming: Women and Initiation (Routledge, 1987) and co-author with Andrew Samuels and Fred Plaut of A Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis (Routledge, 1986).


Bani Shorter articulates a vision for individuation in our changing epoch, and has helped to construct substantial elements of a bridge towards that vision. In a book of hope and inspiration, she has produced a companion for the seeker and initiate, a challenge to analytical psychology, and an aid to our collective dilemmas. - Harvest