On Soul and Earth: The Psychic Value of Place

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-14
  • Publisher: Routledge

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On Soul and Earthoffers an original perspective on the relationship between the environment and the human psyche. Physical spaces contribute to the building of identity through personal experience and memory. Places evoke emotions and carry their own special meanings. Elena Liotta and her contributors also explore the neglected topics of migration and travel. The author has extensive clinical experience of working with patients from a wide variety of national and cultural backgrounds. Globalization is present in the clinical office as well as in the wider world and the transformations currently being wrought in the areas of cultural and national identity also impact on clinical work. This book will be of interest to Jungian analysts as well as psychotherapists and mental health professionals, especially those who are addressing transcultural and multicultural issues including voluntary or enforced migration. It will also appeal to urban planners, architects and those interested in environmental issues.

Table of Contents

Beginning with one's selfp. 1
Soul, earth and migration in contemporary societyp. 6
On Carl Gustav Jung's "Mind and Earth"p. 22
The place of originsp. 41
Space, genius loci and sacrality of placep. 65
Maps and geography: Reality and fantasyp. 89
The journeyp. 108
Exile, nostalgia, returnp. 140
The foreign patientp. 179
Bibliographyp. 223
"Animated" places: Rooting and impermanencep. 232
The garden, psychic landscapep. 247
The dark places, or on the evil of innocencep. 259
The earth, the song, the symbolp. 268
Exile: An impossible return?p. 277
Places of healingp. 284
Body and psyche: Compenetration of oppositesp. 294
"Every rose is telling of the secrets of the universal": Symbols and the natural worldp. 301
"Gentle action": Environmental sustainability in soul and earthp. 312
Indexp. 321
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