Narcissism and Character Transformation: The Psychology of Narcissistic Character Disorders (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts)
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For 2000 years the story of Narcissus' involvement with his own reflection has been a rich source of speculation on the condition and salvation of the human soul. This book, drawing upon a variety of psychoanalytic points of view, throws new light on the issues posed by narcissistic character disorders and the problems of personal identity.
In early treatments of the myth, perhaps up to the twelfth century, Narcissus is the main concern, and Echo is secondary. But gradually she becomes important in her own right, treated with compassion as an example of unrequited love. This may indicate a development in collective consciousness. Similarly, echoing as a mode of empathetic mirroring (in distinction to interpretation) has become more widespread in therapy over the last decade. It has become more and more clear that how we
animal. . . . The Kaitish of central Australia hold that if a woman who is suckling falls under the shadow of a brown hawk, the breast will swell up and burst. . . . The savage makes it a rule to shun the shadow of certain persons . . . he regards as sources of dangerous influences. 111 All the examples found in Frazer's study show that the reflection or shadow is an object of mana, power that is transpersonal, the godlike or soulquality of a person.
archetypal realm can only lead to a very concrete view of body, which misses the mystery of the fundamental identity of body and psyche. In discussing the idealized and mirror transferences in chapter one, the analogy was made between them and the ascent and descent of libido in alchemical thought. The idealized transference corresponds to the ascent of the spirit archetype, and its internalization corresponds to the formation of a spiritual center with a strong
I tell him how it is impossible to look with his head, but how he needs to be in his body and let it just come. This he understands, and again feels the part come by but flee. I tell him that he needs me to also see it, he cannot do it alone. And when I tell him this, another story jumps into his mind. He recalls how yesterday he was thinking about watching birds, and that it required two of him to really watch: One to look at the bird, and the other to look at the bird book,
process goes on, I begin to see a child, like an image appearing in active imagination. It seems to me to be happy, and about 5 years old. "Do you feel the presence of a child?" She says, "Yes." ''How old is it?" I ask her. "About 3 or 4." ''Oh, I thought I saw it as 5. . . . I see its hair as blond." "No," she says, "it has brown hair." All along I sense the child as if it