In the sense that each neurosis involves a crime perpetrated against the psyche, each psychotherapist may have to become a crime scene analyst. Aaron Daniels, who has immersed himself in the existential-phenomenological and Jungian depth psychological literatures, gives a good account of their approaches to understanding here. He finds striking analogies between the methods of the contemporary Jungian therapist, bent on understanding the unconscious, and the way present-day profilers of the criminal mind must rely upon imagination. Daniels reflects brilliantly on our culture’s fascination with depth psychological detection. With telling originality, he reveals the surprising agency that can emerge when a psyche engages the complexity of the shadow that has driven it to compromise its own integrity.
--John Beebe, past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.
About the Author
Aaron B. Daniels teaches clinical psychology at New England College in New Hampshire. He holds degrees from: Baldwin Wallace College (BA); Duquesne University (MA), where he studied existential phenomenology; and Pacifica Graduate Institute (PhD), where his degree emphasized the depth tradition. After working for a decade in private and public practice, he transitioned into academia. His previous two works, 'Imaginal Reality, Volume One: Journey to the Voids' and 'Imaginal Reality, Volume Two: Voidcraft' were both published in 2011. Written with Laura M. Daniels, they are syntheses of imaginal psychology with existential principles.