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The Half-Alive Ones: Clinical Papers on Analytical Psychology in a Changing World [Paperback]

Eva Seligman

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July 1 2006 185575374X 978-1855753747
The Half-Alive Ones consists of nine clinical and two theoretical papers. The book celebrates almost fifty years of therapeutic work. It depicts some of the author's most poignant professional experiences, both personal and collective.

The author, who sees herself as an eclectic Jungian, gives an account in the book of a flexible approach to analysis and therapy, which reveals itself in her case studies. In part, her adaptations within her practice have evolved out of our changing civilization. These adaptations require a diversified approach from patient to patient, which cannot be accommodated within only one traditional conceptual framework.

The case studies demonstrate that the author rarely works with single persons who are ill by themselves. She finds it more fruitful to perceive and treat them as part of a total situation, which they bring into the consulting room: family of origin, work situation, and part or current significant relationships.

Jung wrote: "Each case is individual and not derivable from any preconceived formula. Each is a new experiment of life in her ever-changing moods and an attempt at a new solution or new adaptation." Eva Seligman attempts to confirm her deep-felt belief that good listening, sensitive timing, versatility, and evaluation of the other's truth, are indispensable ingredients of every therapeutic hour. Analysis is but an arid endeavor without compassion and creativity.

The appendices consist of a selection of book reviews and some anonymous letters from patients in which they express their own plight in their own words.

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'This eminently readable book distils much of the author's decades of analytical and psychotherapeutic work... We are given a refreshing and frank account of her humane and flexible approach to analysis. Her case histories are particularly valuable in illustrating how, in the development of the individual person, nature and nurture, instinct and environment, the archetypal and the personal, are in continual interaction in the building up of character and of the problems which lead our clients to seek help. It is clear that the author has achieved a working balance, or rather an integration, of these opposites, which is necessary if analysis is to be a creative interaction, and the case histories clearly illustrate this to be the case. The importance of the inner and outer mother, the inner and outer father, and of the feeling tone of the internalized relationship between them, comes through beautifully time after time throughout the book. .We are indeed fortunate that Eva has been able to collect together and present in such a readable and satisfying whole, her experience in the different areas of work she has enriched over her professional lifetime.' - Joseph Redfearn, from The Preface'Eva Seligman is an original; and she is also faithful to her tradition. From the first page, this enlightening book will show you why she is one of the most gifted Jungian analysts of her generation. Now in her early eighties, her consulting room is still sought out: it is a place of hope and healing, in the quest for wholeness.' - Robin Daniels, Jungian Analyst and author

About the Author

Eva Seligman studied Social Science and Mental Health at the London School of Economics followed by work at the Maudsley Hospital and then as a lecturer at L.S.E. Subsequently she joined the Tavistock Institute of Marital Studies, beginning her analytical training in 1958. She has been in private practice throughout. She is a training analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology.

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