Pluralism can bridge the gaps that have opened up between personal experience, psychotherapy, and cultural criticism. In The Plural Psyche: Personality, Morality and the Father, a provocative, much praised and widely discussed book, Andrew Samuels lays bare the political implications of the personal struggle everyone has to hold their many inner divisions together. He also shows how pluralism can inspire new thinking in many areas including moral process, the construction of gender, and the role of the father in the development of sons and daughters. In addition, there are innovative chapters on clinical work, focusing on imagery and on countertransference. These themes come to life in a way that makes a significant contribution to debates about psychotherapy, gender, parenting and difference.
This Classic Edition of The Plural Psyche includes a new introduction by the author.
‘Very relevant to important depth psychological controversies and even to important general political arguments of the present day … original and stimulating.’ - British Journal of Psychiatry
‘A way to deal creatively, but by no means softly, with differing views of the psyche. … A first rate job … interesting, valuable and stimulating … lively and consciousness expanding.’ - Journal of Analytical Psychology
Introduction to the Classic Edition. Preface. The Plural Psyche. Personality and the Imaginal Network. Parental Images and the Self-monitoring Psyche. A Relation Called Father. The Father and his Children. Beyond the Feminine Principle. Gender and the Borderline. The Image of the Parents in Bed. Countertransference and the Mundus Imaginalis. The Alchemical Metaphor. Original Morality in a Depressed Culture. The Diversity of Psychology and the Psychology of Diversity.