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Trauma and the Soul: A psycho-spiritual approach to human development and its interruption

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In Trauma and the Soul, Donald Kalsched continues the exploration he began in his first book, The Inner World of Trauma (1996)-this time going further into the mystical or spiritual moments that often occur around the intimacies of psychoanalytic work. Through extended clinical vignettes, including therapeutic dialogue and dreams, he shows how depth psychotherapy with trau ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Routledge (first published November 11th 2012)
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Jane Davenport Platko
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing


As I read Donald Kalsched’s book Trauma and the Soul there were times I felt a deep resonance with my own recently published memoir. Kalsched’s analysis of dissociation with its need to save the split-off soul-child, his decisive stand around the spiritual core of what psychology names the unconscious, and his call which echoes that of C.G. Jung’s for a third world between the worlds of matter and spirit, a transcendent space, are masterfully delivered in this book.

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Michael
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kalsched has produced an absolute masterpiece which I would highly recommend to any of you fascinated with psychology, spirituality and/or the resolution of trauma. Kalshed weaves together insights based on his training as a Jungian analyst, his deep understanding of object relations psychology and his familiarity with recent developments in neuroscience and body psychotherapies. He then relates beautifully narrated tales of healing from his therapy practice, weaving these together with classica ...more
Steve Ellerhoff
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes defenses have survival value. Sometimes they keep us in Hell forever" (87).

Donald Kalsched's second book on trauma and healing from it is an astonishing gift from a psychoanalyst who has helped a great many people in therapy. He puts forth a way of thinking about and dealing with trauma that is compelling and mytho-poetic. His notion is that dissociation experienced in early childhood as a result of trauma is a defense mechanism. What is it trying to defend? The child's innocence and,
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Mr Disco
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most amazing books I have ever read. Trauma & The Soul has fundamentally changed the way I think about myself, others and the human psyche.
Carl
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Profoundly rich exploration of trauma and dissociation that weaves Jungian thought with insights from classic psychoanalytic authors (Freud, Winnicott, Bion), as well as contemporary neuroscience (Siegel, Schore). In addition, Kalsched uses case material in dialogue with metaphor, literature and poetry in way that really makes the material come alive to me. His examination of Dante's Inferno and St. Exupery's Little Prince are especially poignant. When I read Kalsched, I know I am a Jungian. ...more
Brad Hoffman
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book! I will be rereading it again and again. Mining for gold takes time.
John Pants
Nov 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
prohibitively expensive. only available in hard copy. wrote the author an email about it and he replied with a rather snarky response. can't understand why you wouldn't want to facilitate more people reading a book, if the information is really intended to be helpful? ...more
Bill
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book on Jungian psychoanalysis that I have read. Kalsched's understanding of the relationship between body, mind, and spirit gives spirit the essential place it deserves. ...more
Mae
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastically- highly recommend. Really good review of Jung, psychology insight into shamanism, and spiritual work overall.
Ed Wojniak
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Kalsched does a fascinating job of explicating how as a result of psychological trauma, the soul's protective system, in an effort to shield from further pain, brings about additional suffering. The individual's vital, animating core that ordinarily links us to the divine, to each other, and to the "exquisite beauties of the natural and cultural world" becomes cut off. The author shares many stories about how that which has been broken relationally must be repaired relationally. "This calls for ...more
Sandra Dennis
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Inspired and deeply helpful exploration of archetypal roots of trauma that helped me greatly in writing the trauma sections of "Love and the Mystery of Betrayal". The discussion of daimonic power of the perpetrator/victim looping is masterful and adds a thread of sanity when you are grappling with your own trauma imprinting. ...more
Elis
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary work on the underworld of our psyche.
Mary Gail O'Dea
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lyrical and moving book combining Jungian and Object Relational approaches to spirituality and trauma.
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