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Psychotherapy [Paperback]

Robert Hinshaw , Marie-Louise von Franz
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Dec 1993
In twelve essays—eight of which appear here in English for the first time—the internationally known analyst Marie-Louise von Franz explores important aspects of psychotherapy from a Jungian perspective. She draws on her many years of practical experience in psychotherapy, her intimate knowledge of Jung's methods and theories, and her wide-ranging interests in fields such as mythology, alchemy, science, and religion to illumine these varied topics:

   •  Projection
   •  Transference
   •  Dream interpretation
   •  Self-realization
   •  Group psychology
   •  Personality types
   •  Active imagination
   •  The therapeutic use of hallucinogenic drugs
   •  The choice of psychotherapy as a profession
   •  The role of religious experience in psychological healing

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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570626219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570626210
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 925,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Personality and Individuation 26 Jun 2013
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The third book in a trilogy of collected writings,this volume is mainly dedicated to the psychology of personality types, as defined by C.Jung.The proposal is that individuation,and personal wholeness,is reached through the development of the inferior function by overcoming the dominance of the superior function,with help from the two auxiliary functions(there being four main functions in total),thus developing and integrating them all into a quaternary of psychic tools that are more accessible to the whole personality without the overall dominance of any one of them.
The remaining chapters cover ground that will be familiar to readers of any of the authors previous works and are somewhat shorter but no less informative.The topics covered include;Active Imagination,Attitudes towards the unconscious,Transference,Projection and Group Psychology.Although I have read the authors previous works on these subjects she managed to present them in a fresh way which seems to enhance the subjects without repeating herself,although some of the dream interpretations I found familiar from previous books.
As with most of M.L von Franz's work,she presents what would otherwise be tortuous academic theories in a manner that is intelligible and entertaining and brings the works of C.Jung to a wider audience.My main fear when purchasing this volume was that it would contain material already in publication but I found that not to be the case and I'd recommend it to anyone who has even a passing interest in psychology or personality types.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 April 2014
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A very good book for understanding how the process of therapy for a Jungian purspective works.
Marie Louise Von Franz at her best
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate 28 Jan 2008
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This is an important book for those interested in Jungian Psychology. It helps give one a practical understanding of some of the more important themes that come up in therapy. Having read several of von Franz's analyses of fairy tales, and been quite impressed with her sensitivity and depth of understanding, I was looking forward to seeing her principles at work in a practical setting. I was not disappointed. Von Franz was a "thinking" type (unfortunately she died in 1998), and it shows in the quality and clarity of her writing. Many specific examples are included that help keep the theory grounded in the reality of everyday life.

This book is a collection of essays that were published at different times in different journals. The first essay (which takes up about 40% of the book), covers the inferior function. It is a great help to those who are trying to determine their own type and perhaps the types of loved ones. This is important, because understanding types can help you become aware of and anticipate your own and others weaknesses, and deal with them in a constructive manner. Other essays cover active imagination, the nature of transference, projection, group psychology and analysis as a profession. Each essay contains rare insights, refreshing points of view, analyzed dreams and a healthy dose of von Franz's distinctive personality. This book helped me pull together a lot of ideas that were expounded in other books with a narrower focus. Like her other books, it is most rewarding to those who take the time to reflect on what is being said. Together with Edward F. Edinger, von Franz will continue to allow a broader audience to appreciate Jung's genius. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Von Franz 8 July 2009
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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As always with Von Franz her writing is clear, concise and direct. No room for confusion here. With the book presented as a series of lectures it allows for ease of reading if one has limited time. One for the permanent collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Master analyst! 18 Nov 2001
By Robert M. Mercurio - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who has read anything else by Marie-Louise von Franz knows what to expect from one of her books - erudition, encyclopedic knowledge and plenty of down to earth clinical advice. The spirit of Jung breathes out of every single page and can't help but capture and hold your attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read 'The Inferior Function' 29 Dec 2012
By Greg Reyna - Published on Amazon.com
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Von Franz's essay on The Inferior Function is rich enough to be food for thought throughout your life, that's how excellent it is. There's a shorter version of the same paper in a different book with an essay on The Feeling Function by James Hillman, but the version in this volume is much more complete. That one paper is worth the price of admission, but since Marie-Louise was a marvel I'd recommend anything she wrote. I've read most all of her work a number of times over the years. But her book on Time just might be a struggle for me forever. The fact that a woman like her existed has kept me going through those difficult times when I felt that all women are surely mad. Ha.

An excellent companion to this essay would be her book 'Shadow and Evil In Fairy Tales'. Re-reading these books throughout my life I think what I've experienced is this: von Franz and other remarkable analysts work with patients who have issues that represent extreme examples of human experience, disturbed as it may be. The analyst's view emerges in their books and lectures. As we live, we have new experiences--not all 'good' by any means--and these provide new personal touchstones which enable us to recognize elements of human psychology that we hadn't seen before. When I re-read a good book like these after ten more years of living, it's even better and more apt than the last time I read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read--9.99 stars! 27 Feb 2014
By Neal J. Pollock - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fabulous book. von Franz was a genius like her mentor Jung, but unlike him, she writes crisply and clearly. This volume beautifully addresses the main topics of Jungian psychology and provides insights sometimes difficult to glean from Jung's "Collected Works." Many of her observations and explanations are gems and greatly elucidate the topics addressed:

INDIVIDUATION & DREAMS (definitions, examples, value of):
p. 6: Every time a dream interpretation hits the mark, a piece of the unconscious is joined with consciousness, or else an autonomous complex is joined with the rest of the personality. In this way a continuously repeating process of coniunctio takes place.

THE INFERIOR FUNCTION & JUNGIAN TYPOLOGY (for understanding others & in individuation):
p. 16=Intro., 62=ES, 71=IS, 78-ET, 85=IT, 91=EN, 99=IN, 106=EF, 114=IF, 117=& Unconscious, 132=& Archetypes [E=extrovert, I=introvert, S=sensate, N=intuitive, F=feeling, and T=thinking]
p. 28: When the time comes for the development of the other functions, there are generally several phenomena: the superior function degenerates like an old car which begins to run down and get worn out, the ego becomes bored with the superior function, because everything you can do well becomes boring, and beyond that the inferior function, instead of appearing in its own field, tends to invade the main function, giving it an unadapted neurotic twist.
p. 33: If people have already reached the stage of being bored with their main function, they very often assure you with absolute certainty that they belong to the type opposite what they really are. The extravert swears that he is deeply introverted, and vice versa.
p. 81: If people can begin to laugh about their inferior function, that can be redeeming, for then everything is twenty times better

ACTIVE IMAGINATION (method, uses, and dangers):
p. 151: The right understanding of a dream, if it is more than intellectual, brings about a change in the conscious personality, which in turn affects the unconscious; but the effect from active imagination is stronger out of all proportions..[and] it is an invaluable means for the analysand in developing himself toward being less childishly dependent on the analyst...active imagination makes the autonomy of the analysand possible altogether.

RELATIONSHIPS AMONG PSYCHOLOGY, RELIGION, & SHAMANISM (cure vs. treatment):
p. 177: "The main interest of my work," writes Jung, "is not concerned with the treatment of neuroses but rather with the approach to the numinous. But the fact is that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy and as much as you attain to the numinous experiences, you are released from the curse of pathology. Even the very disease takes on a numinous character"...If it is not possible to establish a relationship with the numinous, no cure is possible; the most one can hope for is an improvement to social adjustment. p. 294: The roots of both priesthood and psychotherapy lie in the primitive phenomenon of shamanism and the existence of medicine men.

PSYCHOLOGICAL PROJECTION (Freudian vs. Jungian views, process, withdrawal, and dangers):
pp. 258-9: The original condition was one in which the inner and outer worlds were not sharply distinguished, that is, subject and object were to a great extent indentified with each other. Jung calls this the archaic identity. The primitive consciousness, like that of children, initially lives in a stream of events in which events in the environment and inner world are not distinguished, or only unclearly distinguished. [Sociological/psychological view of the Biogenic Law]
p. 260: The most blatant manifestation of projection is in self-righteous political convictions--'isms' and in passionately advocated theories...As soon as tolerance and humor disappear, we can presume that projection has entered the picture...it is difficult not to be drawn in ourselves Since affects and emotions are extremely contagious.

JUNGIAN ANALIST TRAINING (including transference & counter-transference):
pp. 8-9: Jung always required of analysts that they should ultimately work the most on continuing to make progress in their own individuation. In so doing, they take their analysands along with them on their journey, without trying to influence them directly (which would be a misuse of power).
pp. 276-7: Someone who has not acceded to the depths of the unconscious and seen there 'the ways of all spirits of sickness' can hardly possess enough real empathy for the serious psychic suffering of his fellow human beings. He will only treat them by the textbook

GROUPS AND MASSES (nature, process, uses, and dangers):
p. 188: Only a person who doubts himself feels compelled to win over as many admirers as possible so as to drown out his own doubt
pp. 291-2: At first it seems a great relief for the individual to feel protected by a group and removed from himself. In the group, therefore, the sense of security increases and the feeling of responsibility decreases. Suggestibility also increases enormously, a fact which includes, however, a loss of freedom.

PSYCHOLOGY AND DRUGS:
p. 297: "We think it is enough to discover new things, but we don't realize that knowing more demands a corresponding development of morality...I am profoundly mistrustful of the 'pure gifts of the gods.' You pay dearly for them. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts
p. 303: Intoxicating substances are not the only dangerous addictions of our time Another dangerous form of addiction is ideological possession, which can make the individual just as 'drunk,' puffed up and dissociated as a drug, and in addition misleads him into wanting to impose his ideas on society through force.

THE PUER & PUELLA AETERNUS:
p. 323: Save ourselves...by seeing and acknowledging that these two archetypal images [puer & senex] can only exercise their effects of negative possession on us to the extent that our own experience of Self has not yet gone far and deep enough.
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