Carl Jung was inspired by the medieval alchemists in his famous work describing the psychotherapeutic process called, "The Psychology of the Transference." He shows the reader actual medieval woodcuts made by the alchemists to illustrate the process that takes place in depth oriented therapy, where in which both the therapist and the client undergo a deep transformation, likened to the process of turning metal into gold. The woodcuts portray the relationship between a queen and a king (the anima-the internal feminine and animus-the internal masculine). These can symbolize the relationship between the analyst and the analysand, the lover and the beloved, or the internal parts within each of us. The union between these "opposites" is where the power for healing resides. I will be posting information that, in some way, enlightens our understanding of the power of the relationship to heal and shows the potential hazards of relying on chemical or mechanical interventions to alleviate suffering. Bringing information out of the unconscious (collective or individual) into awareness is vital to personal and global growth. In order to be fully at choice and to reach our highest potentials, we need to have access to a full range of information. Because we are bombarded with information from the pharmaceutical complex about the supposed "benefits" of psychiatric drugs, I will be posting information about the detrimental effects of psychiatric medications, electroconvulsive shock, and other so called "mental health" treatments. I will also post information about innovative work done by pioneers in the field of alleviating human suffering through the relationship.
Sarah Edmonds, PhD is a licensed psychologist, a mom, an activist, and a lover of dance.