Books by AJA members

The Triumphant Victim A Psychoanalytical Perspective on Sadomasochism and Perverse Thinking

Most people have some idea of the meaning of the words sadism and masochism, but often this does not go beyond rather vague ideas of either inflicting or enjoying pain. Few people ask themselves what is behind such behaviour, and this applies even to healthcare professionals and therapists. Using non-technical language, accessible for both the professional and layman, this book attempts to give a clear

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Freud’s ‘Outstanding’Colleague / Jung’s ‘Twin Brother’

The suppressed psychoanalytic and political significance of Otto Gross Otto Gross was the first analyst to link his work with radical politics, connecting inner, personal transformation with outer, collective change. Since his death in 1920 his work has been suppressed, despite his seminal influence on the developing analytic discipline and on the fields of sociology, philosophy and literature. Here Gottfried M. Heuer introduces Gross’ life

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A New Therapy for Politics?

Andrew Samuels has established an international practice as a political consultant, working with senior politicians, political parties and activist groups. His lectures and workshops on the application of ‘therapy thinking’ to social and political issues attract wide interest. His previous books in this area, such as The Political Psyche and Politics on the Couch, have been widely appreciated. Now, in a long-anticipated tour-de-force that is both compassionate

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Sexual Revolutions: Psychoanalysis, History and the Father

The ideas of psychoanalyst Otto Gross (1877-1920) have had a seminal influence on the development of psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice and yet his work has been largely overlooked. For Freud, he was one of only two analysts ‘capable of making an original contribution’ (Jung was the other), and Jung called Gross ‘my twin brother’ in the course of their mutual analysis. This is a

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Sacral Revolutions: Reflecting on the Work of Andrew Samuels

Sacral Revolutions: Reflecting on the Work of Andrew Samuels – Cutting Edges in Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis Sacral Revolutions is a unique project reflecting the contribution that Andrew Samuels has made to the general field of psychoanalysis and Jungian analysis in both clinical and academic contexts. Gottfried Heuer has brought together an international array of authors – friends and colleagues of Samuels – to honour his

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Vision and Supervision Jungian and Post-Jungian Perspectives

Supervision in analytical psychology is a topic that until recently has been largely neglected. Vision and Supervision draws on archetypal, classical, and developmental post-Jungian theory to explore supervision from a variety of different avenues. Supervision is a critical issue for therapists in many training programmes. Quality of training and of therapeutic treatment is paramount, and increasingly the therapy profession is having to devise ways of

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Personal and Cultural Shadows of Late Motherhood

Personal and Cultural Shadows of Late Motherhood explores the topic of delayed motherhood from a Jungian psychoanalytic perspective, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including interview transcripts, diaries, dreams, and the Jungian Word Association Experiment. It provides a unique contribution to our understanding of the pressures faced by women today on the topic of delayed motherhood. We may consider an affect to be in

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C. G. Jung: The Basics

C. G. Jung: The Basics is an accessible, concise introduction to the life and ideas of C. G. Jung for readers of all backgrounds, from those new to Jung’s work to those looking for a convenient reference. Ruth Williams eloquently and succinctly introduces the key concepts of Jungian theory and paints his biographical picture with clarity. The book begins with an overview of Jung’s family

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The Myth of the Goddess

The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an image, is a comprehensive, scholarly and accessible study, in which the authors draw upon poetry and mythology, art and literature, archaeology and psychology to show how the myth of the goddess has been lost from our formal Judeo-Christian images of the divine. They explain what happened to the goddess, when, and how she was excluded from western culture,

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Critical Voices in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

“Part of these institutionalized biases, we think, results from the institutionalized racism that lies at the heart of the conceptual systems we use in psychiatry”. There is a crisis of credibility within child and adolescent psychiatry. Child and adolescent mental health theory and practice have come to be dominated by a narrow biomedical frame. Rising numbers of children are being diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses and

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Do You Read Me?: Learning Difficultites, Dyslexia, and the Denial of Meaning

Reading and writing are fundamentally about the communication of meaning. Yet, when a child has difficulty in learning to read and write, the one area that is never seen as having any relevance is the child’s life experiences. The author’s contention is that the concept of dyslexia is something that has been invented, rather than discovered, in order to evade the question of meaning and

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Men, Women and Relationships Gender Electrics and Magic Beans

This book offers Jungian perspectives on social constructions of gender difference and explores how these feed into adult ways of relating within male-female relationships. Phil Goss places this discussion within an archetypal context drawing on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk to consider the deep tension in western culture between the transcendent masculine and the immanent feminine. Offering both developmental and socio-cultural frameworks, areas of discussion

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Healing Intelligence The Spirit in Psychotherapy – Working with Darkness and Light

This book investigates an elusive subject: how healing works in psychotherapy as an inner process. It provides a four step framework for understanding the process of psychotherapy and locates the emergence of healing, as well as a potential spiritual dimension, in the later stages. It shows how healing intelligence, arising from the deepest layers, permeates the whole psyche, operating at all levels. Case studies are

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Love: Bondage or Liberation? A Psychological Exploration of the Meaning, Values and Dangers of Falling in Love

Much has been written about the function of falling in love in the course of therapy itself. This book has a much broader aim. Deirdre Johnson, a Jungian analyst and psychotherapy trainer, uses her teaching and clinical experience to illuminate the whole range of this near universal human experience. How, and why, does falling in love affect us so profoundly? How can it enhance who

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Self and No-Self Continuing the Dialogue Between Buddhism and Psychotherapy

This collection explores the growing interface between Eastern and Western concepts of what it is to be human from analytical psychology, psychoanalytic and Buddhist perspectives. The relationship between these different approaches has been discussed for decades, with each discipline inviting its followers to explore the depths of the psyche and confront the sometimes difficult psychological experiences that can emerge during any in-depth exploration of mental

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