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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Karnac Books (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185575570X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855755703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,537,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With this book, Hester Solomon offers a rich collection of her mature work on analytical themes. It is an important contribution to the ongoing evolution of the field of Analytical Psychology. Each chapter challenges previous assumptions and offers fresh perspectives and directions. Solomon is a leading light in contemporary Jungian thought. --Murray Stein, former President IAAP, author of Jung s Map of the Soul and The Principle of Individuation"

Hester Solomon has had a profound influence on the development of Jungian theory and practice today. Her pioneering papers demonstrate that she is one of the leading intellectual and clinical contributors to the profession and demonstrate the range and depth of her thinking, from clinical, scientific and philosophical perspectives. --Jean Knox, former UK Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology"

About the Author

Hester McFarland Solomon is a training analyst and supervisor for the Jungian Analytic Section of the British Association of Psychotherapists and is a Fellow of the Association. She has served as Chair of its Jungian Analytic Training Committee, its Council and its Ethics Committee. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) since 1998, becoming Vice President in 2001 and President Elect in 2004. She is currently President Elect of the IAAP, and is serving as the Chair of its Sub-Committee for Developing Groups and Chair of the Study Group for Training and Governance. From 2001 2004 she was Chair of the IAAP s Sub-Committee for Ethics Procedures. In 2007 she become President of the IAAP.

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I would have loved to give this brilliant book a 5 stars review, but unfortunately, I couldn't.
The main reason for not doing it is the ambiguity and the confusing usage of the word self. If one is not versed with the jungian and the post jungian developmental terminology, this issue would not be apparent.
But let's start with the brilliant part. This is one of the first books that I've read to tackle the issue of the "as if" personality, brought by (in the infant developmental stages) traumatic relationships with the caregiver. Here, the infant (to which Hester Solomon uses the term self, based on the developmental idea of Fordham) develops relationships with internal object (archetypes) that are projected outside on external objects in order to save itself from catastrophic breakdowns from lack of true relationship with the caregiver. This "as if" personalities are extremely intelligent, can cope with life, but at some point in their life will experience a sense of void, an emptiness and a depletion of their energies.
The way Hester Solomon deals with and unites ideas from psychoanalysis and analytical psychology is very refreshing. I would not be surprised to see a unification of this two psychologies in the far future, a much desired unification after the painful split between Freud and Jung. Perhaps I am reaching, but who knows? I also loved the new emergent views of the psyche, something that Jean Knox has already done it in her spectacular book "Archetype, Attachment, Analysis".

And now, to the icky part, the confusing usage of the word self.
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