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Lyrical and Academic at the same time!
on 3 January 2008
Donald Kalsched covers a lot of ground in this terrific text about trauma and its manifestations in his (and other's)clients/ patients. He has a great flair for language and often waxes lyrical, so is hard to reach for my more hard headed colleagues. However, his deeply empathic approach to the clinical difficulties of his clients is clearly manifest throughout the pages. His clinical material is moving and he engages with the symbolism of the clients problems effortlessly. For me, apart from the clinical vignettes and his analyses thereof, which are so readable and quite brilliant, the additional appeal of the book is that he places the interpretation of the material in the context of other psychoanalytic and jungian thinkers and relates these to each other without this being tedious. I found the book resonated at many levels and would highly recommend it both for psychotherapists and the interested reader.