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The Therapeutic Imagination: Using literature to deepen psychodynamic understanding and enhance empathy Hardcover – 19 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415819571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415819572
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,200,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The Therapeutic Imagination is a beautiful, innovative book, both in Holme's creative approach to writing and his deep psychological insights. It is highly recommended to psychotherapists of all schools, psychiatric training centers, and all readers who are interested in innovating developments in psychiatry.'- Alma Halbert Bond, PsycCRITIQUES

‘Once again, Jeremy Holmes dazzles. Part master class in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and part psychological journey through classics of English literature, this tour de force is a scholarly, integrative and deeply original look at the links between psychotherapy and the imagination. Moving deftly between fiction and the consulting room, Holmes brings alive the literary, artistic and creative processes that make for truly helpful and transforming psychotherapy. A wonderful read.’ - Arietta Slade, Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center, USA

‘Jeremy Holmes's The Therapeutic Imagination succeeds in rethinking the assumptions of one discipline from the standpoint of another, without compromising the integrity of either one. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the relationship between literature and the life we all live.’ - Neil Vickers, Reader in English Literature and the Medical Humanities, King's College London, UK

About the Author

Jeremy Holmes worked for 35 years as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Psychotherapist in the NHS. He is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, UK, and lectures nationally and internationally. Recent publications include The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy, Storr’s The Art of Psychotherapy and Exploring in Security: Towards an Attachment-Informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

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Format: Hardcover
The book is mainly intended for therapists particularly those interested in J Holmes passion for Attachment Theory. He has though incorporated his love for literature ( first degree was in the Arts)
which makes it a good read for those who might enjoy analysing texts in a different way. An interesting development is that J Holmes has radically altered his understanding of the role of spirituality as a component of psychotherapy. From a scathing criticism of his colleagues who were promoting the need to incorporate spirituality in understandings of mental health provision quote - 'the weasel word spirituality means everything and nothing including the oxymoronic 'secular spirituality' - to a position whereby J Holmes is using extracts from this book to overtly promote the secular spiritual dimension to psychotherapy. That revision reveals a more mature understanding and actually bolsters his view that psychotherapy is a human interaction which cannot be explained by science alone. It is refreshing to see how he undermines the embarrassment of a modern age about poetry and spirituality by showing how it can enrich the 'technical' process of therapy and the human interaction between therapist and client; author and reader
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