In the quest for identity and healing, what belongs to the humanities and what to clinical psychology? Ginette Paris uses cogent and passionate argument as well as stories from patients to teach us to accept that the human psyche seeks to destroy relationships and lives as well as to sustain them. This is very hard to accept which is why, so often, the body has the painful and dispiriting job of showing us what our psyche refuses to see. In jargon-free language, the author describes her own story of taking a turn downwards and inwards in the search for a metaphorical personal 'death'. If this kind of mortality is not attended to, then more literal bodily ailments and actual death itself can result. Paris engages with one of the main dilemmas of contemporary psychology and psychotherapy: how to integrate findings and insights from neuroscience and medicine into an approach to healing founded upon activation of the imagination. At present, she demonstrates, what is happening is damaging to both science and imagination.
Preface. Introduction. Denting My Thick Skull. A Fable: Mom, Dad, and Me, Me, Me. Therapy as Cure: The Medical Model. Therapy as Investment: The Economic Model. Therapy as Plea: The Legal Model. Therapy as Redemption. Boundary Issues: "You, Science. Me, Humanities.". Brother Philosophy, Sister Psychology. The Archetype of Mother. The Archetype of Father. The Invisibility of the Psyche. The Ultimate Virtual Reality Game. Joy: The Antidote to Anxiety. Schools of Thought Are Families. Bibliography
Once again Ginette Paris demonstrates that she is quite simply the most original and eloquent of all writers on contemporary depth psychology. This book is a brilliant and beautiful account of how a serious accident, a near-fatal brain injury, became not just a trauma but a rare and wonderful opportunity. After the concussion and coma, Paris did not just regain consciousness. She experienced a life-altering transformation that led her to delve below all the gray matter of the current, trendy fascination with neuroscience to explore the "deep psyche". In this book Paris invents an entirely new genre of psychological writing, one that combines intimately personal autobiography, humanely inspirational stories from patients, and radically imaginative theoretical proposals for the future of depth psychology. - Michael Vannoy Adams, Jungian Psychoanalyst Wisdom of the Psyche is the bright book of the future for everyone involved with depth psychology and its creative transformation of the arts and sciences. Ginette Paris's stunning achievement is to combine autobiography, history of ideas, clinical originality, psychological theory and philosophical sophistication with the arts of a poet and novelist. Her book is at once lucid, erudite, a delightful companion. and a serious challenge to the academy and the consulting room. Paris gently and powerfully embeds depth psychology in the humanities, making Wisdom of the Psyche essential reading for the twenty-first century. We are all the richer for it. - Susan Rowland, Reader in English and Jungian Studies, University of Greenwich, UK