272 pages | 8 B/W Illus.
Symbolic Mental Representations in Arts and Mystical Experiences explains how the individual’s conceptualization of reality is dependent on the development of their brain, body structure, and the experiences that are physiologically confronted, acted, or observed via learning and/or simulation, occurring in family or community settings.
The book offers support for Jean Knox’s reinterpretation of Jung's archetypal hypothesis, exposing the fundamentality of the body – in its neurophysiological development, bodily-felt sensations, non-verbal interactions, affects, emotions, and actions – in the process of meaning-making. Using information from disciplines such as Affective Neuroscience, Embodied Cognition, Attachment Theory, and Cognitive Linguistics, it clarifies how the most refined experiences of symbolic imagination are rooted in somatopsychic patterns.
This book will be of great interest for academics and researchers in the fields of Analytical Psychology, Affective Neuroscience, Linguistics, Anthropology of Consciousness, Art-therapy and Mystical Experiences, as well as Jungian and post-Jungian scholars, philosophers and teachers.
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Acknowledgements and Credits
Chapter 1 – Introduction to the understanding of archetypal constellations through the lens of Primordial Mental Activity
Part I – How discussing the structure, affective charging, and functioning of the body within the occurrence of archetypal constellations can support the developmental view of archetypes
Chapter 2 – Exploring the origins of symbolic thinking: the intelligibility of the sensing and feeling brain
Chapter 3 – PMA (Primordial Mental Activity): The affective-somatic unconscious
Chapter 4 – Archetypal imagery as mainly channelled by mental representations that mediate the here-now from partial simulations of the past, awakening or reliving the affectivity that marked it, and the background cognitive capacity that (by then) targeted its metabolisation
Chapter 5 – Affects, sounds, images, and actions: addressing the developmental formation and activation of archetypes through the consideration of image-schemas and PMA
Chapter 6 – The comparison of PMA to the fantasy-thinking mind
Conclusion to Part I
Part II – Impressions and expressions of the body’s mind in mystical experiences and Arts
Chapter 7 – Proximities and distances between mental illness and mysticism
Chapter 8 – Mystical experiences of the Ayahuasca consumption – the Brazilian Santo Daime doctrine and European neo-shamanism
Chapter 9 – Witnessing PMA operations: the activation of archetypes in [neo]shamanic practices
Chapter 10 – Arts and psychosis: Comprehending PMA expressions in their association
Chapter 11 – Interpreting PMA in artistic creations: primary metaphors on canvases
Conclusion to Part II
Part III – Affects, image schematic compounds, and patterns of behaviour – Links between body, concept, and culture
Chapter 12 – Conclusions: Understanding affective, non-verbal matrices of the making of meaning
Chapter 13 – Further researchIndex
Series Advisor: Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, Essex University, UK.
The Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies series features research-focused volumes involving qualitative and quantitative research, historical/archival research, theoretical developments, heuristic research, grounded theory, narrative approaches, collaborative research, practitioner-led research, and self-study. The series also includes focused works by clinical practitioners, and provides new research informed explorations of the work of C.G. Jung that will appeal to researchers, academics, and scholars alike.