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Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy (Reality of the Psyche)

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Edinger has greatly enriched my understanding of psychology through the avenue of alchemy. No other contribution has been as helpful as this for revealing, in a word, the anatomy of the psyche and how it applies to where one is in his or her process. This is a significant amplification and extension of Jung's work. Two hundred years from now, it will still be a useful hand ...more
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Published February 1st 1991 by Open Court Publishing Company (first published February 19th 1985)
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Abner Rosenweig
Edinger is a titan in depth psychology. Consequently I had great expectations for this book and was a bit disappointed. The research and scholarship are first rate, and the illustrations from classic alchemical texts are fantastic. However, even though Edinger expresses up front that alchemical processes in psychology have no single linear progression and must be addressed through an examination of its various operations, the book places too much emphasis on the parts rather than the whole and, ...more
David
A very good introduction into alchemy as a language describing the psyche and the process of Individuation. I especially liked the last two chapters on Separatio and Coniunctio. Separatio, the division into two, distinguishing of opposites, the creating a space through differentiation for the conscious ego to exist. The Coniuctio, the Individuation, the bringing together of the opposites, the awareness by the conscious (ego) of the unconscious, bringing about a reciprocal reaction from the uncon ...more
Kate Knowles
Reading this book was very transformative for me. You can transform in your own life if you pick a personal issue (prima materia) in your life, choose an artistic medium to work with, and take your art through the various alchemical processes. Working with the material facilitates psychic transformation and openings in your life. Having a support group to support you as you go through the process is recommended. Alchemy is a beautiful tool and this book is brilliant. You learn about and work wit ...more
Kenzie
The subject matter is so vast that books on the subject of alchemy inevitably feel disorganized, but Edinger nonetheless supplies much to reflect on.

I had trouble with the section on Separatio, which seemed to endorse a dualism that doesn't really fit with how I experience mind/body. And as with many Jungian books, I felt like the psychology of women gets short shrift.

Besides these complaints, I really enjoyed how Edinger connected a variety of symbols to the development of the psyche. I have
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Rikki
This book is wonderful. Stages of alchemy as they relate to jungian psychology. Lots of dream images as examples- very cool insights. ah-huh.
Wctiii
Cracks away at alchemy from a Jungian perspective in a well organized way, not skipping over the basics and not quite dumming it down either.
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Dr. Edward F. Edinger, M.D., was a leading Jungian psychoanalyst and a founding member of the C.G. Jung Foundation, in Manhattan, as well as the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. He was the institute's president from 1968 to 1979, when he moved to Los Angeles, where continued his practice for 19 years and became a senior analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. He previously served as a m ...more
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