The Elliptical Dialogue: A Communication (häftad)
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Stein, Murray (foreword)
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The Elliptical Dialogue: A Communication

A Communications Model for Psychotherapy

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The Elliptical Dialogue is presented in this book as a model for communication, dialogue and reciprocal relationship in analytical work, psychotherapy and supervision. The book also suggests new clinical and theoretical perspectives for analytical psychology by integrating systems theory from Gregory Bateson and language theory from Ludwig Wittgenstein. In analytical work as well as in everyday life the essence of human existence sometimes shows itself as unguarded moments of mutual meeting. They cross time and space and become everlasting experiences. Such a moment opened up for Gregory Bateson when he met C G Jung's poetic text Septem Sermones ad Mortuos. The connection between Bateson and Jung's view on mind and matter is carefully elaborated in the text. In interaction with Wittgenstein's view of the deep architecture of nonverbal and verbal language the Elliptical Dialogue points toward an integrated perspective for clinical use both in analytical work and supervision.Jungian psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and experienced clinicians, supervisors and students as well as the general public interested in analytical psychology, I hope, will be able to catch the deeper sense of powerful creative energy of elliptical dialogues in personal and professional life. Jungian psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and experienced clinicians, supervisors and students as well as the general public interested in analytical psychology, will be able to catch the deeper sense of powerful creative energy of elliptical dialogues in personal and professional life.
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“these pages map the intersections between three kinds of conversation that occur in the psychoanalytic dialogue—one emphasizing difference and change, one privileging the recognition of what cannot be talked about, and a third focusing upon the creation of an internal narrative that can hold the tension of these opposites.  amplifying her observations with a sensitive reading of bateson, wittgenstein, and jung, the author convinces us that all three communication styles are necessary if the patient is to construct an ‘i’ strong enough to deal, not just with the analyst’s presence, but as well with the ineluctable otherness of the transforming symbol.  what emerges, for the reader, is how much the reality of the psyche can be taken aboard when someone’s experience of being in the loop between ego and self is witnessed and understood.”

-John Beebe, author of Integrity in Depth

“in ancient greece, geometry was a symbol of creation, as both bring form into existence.  the circle is considered the first form in geometry, suggesting indivisible oneness and source.  only through mirroring or reflection of 'sameness' can a second circle be made, as 'another' and multiplicity. the oval where they overlap becomes the place of creation.  gunilla midbøe uses these archetypal forms of creation—the two circles and the oval ellipse—in her exciting book about new therapeutic perspectives, which arise out of reflections and dialogues between therapist and client, between therapeutic methods and philosophical theories.  practical and visionary—highly recommended!”

 -Ami Ronnberg, Director and Curator of ARAS (Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism)

“at a time when much of the world is preoccupied with its borders and the tensions between preserving safety and identity versus an open freedom of movement across borders, midbøe’s book is an original and refreshing contribution to the creativity and value that can emerge from occupying comfortably a borderland position. midbøe brings her experience as a jungian analyst in clinical practice and a fine intellect to bear to develop what she calls an elliptical dialogue, a map to orientate the reader to a contemporary and useable model of the analytic relationship in clinical work. jung emphasized strongly the role of the relationship between the patient and the analyst and the potential for this relationship to bring opportunities for growth and healing. midbøe combines three different fields of study, systems theory, the theory of linguistics and jungian psychology as a framework for understanding the connections between the intrapsychic and the interpersonal worlds of the individual. the book is well-written, accessible with theory and practice woven beautifully together so that the role the analyst and his/her psychic processes play within ...

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Gunilla Midbe, MSW., certified psychotherapist, supervisor and Jungian psychoanalyst, works in private practice in the western parts of Sweden. She is a board member of the Jungian Foundation in Sweden, editor for the net journal Coniunctio and a board member of the Danish Society of Analytical Psychology, as well as a member of DSAP's training committee. She has presented clinical papers at IAAP conferences in Vilnius, St Petersburg and congress in Kyoto, written articles and lectures within the field of analytical psychology. Her main spheres of interest include how symbols and language interact and contributes to individuation within the analytical relationship and the development of contemporary analytical psychology.
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foreword 1

preface  5

acknowledgements  9

introduction 11

poem vermeer 19

part i: the elliptical dialogue  20

  1. The elliptical dialogue as a map for Jungian psychoanalysis 20

the blue frame — the story of a beginning 30

at first light  30

the red cylinder with the black point — the story of the ego-self  34

jung’s doorbell rings on a sunday afternoon in 1916  37

erich neumann and the ego-self axis 41

the green ellipse — the story of a pregnant word 45

ludwig wittgenstein’s brick in norway and in language  47

the white area — the story of the energetic field of libido 51

hermes and hermeneutics 54

gregory bateson’s encounter with jung’s text septem sermones  ad mortuos 59

cybernetics 65   

  1. The elliptical dialogue as a map for Jungian supervision 69

guidelines for supervision dialogues  71

the elliptical dialogue in group supervision 75

case example 76

  1. The elliptical dialogue and its limitations 80

change and exchange.82 the fundamental right to say “no.”  83

part ii: the elliptical dialogue and transformation  in jungian psychoanalysis — the clinical part 85

  1. The elliptical dialogue and individuation 85

creating space for the self  90

being oneself and relating to other(s) — life cycle transformations 96

  1. Symbol as transformation 104

in the doghouse 107

symbol and language as embodied consciousness 116

  1. Language as transformation 117

“thy will be done!” 118

but first falling 121

what happened? 122

inhabiting myself 123

  1. Active imagination as transformation 129

the frog voice monster 130

the impossible question or the missing bone/leg 133

the doghouse revisited 137

part iii: three theories in the elliptical dialogue —  the synthesising, integrative part 139

8. the connecting web – a kind of fishing net 139

9.  systems theory — bateson’s contribution and some conclusions for dialogue with today’s analytical psychology  143

general systems theory (gst), cybernetics, complex adaptive systems  (cas) and analytical psychology 146

10.  language theory — wittgenstein’s contribution and how dialogue is used in analytical psychology 152

the father revisited  156

11. analytical psychology — jung’s contribution to the elliptical dialogue 161

the therapy of the transference 169

the conference dream  171

12. the elliptical dialogue as a communications model for psychotherapy 181