Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond - edited by Mark Winborn - Now Available

Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond is now available on Amazon.com and Fisher King Press. Mark Winborn, Editor, brings together Jungian analysts and psychoanalysts from across the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. Carl Jung's concept of participation mystique is used as a starting point for an in depth exploration of 'shared realities' in the analytic setting and beyond. The clinical, narrative, and theoretical discussions move through such related areas as: projective identification, negative coniunctio, reverie, intersubjectivity, the interactive field, phenomenology, neuroscience, the transferential chimera, shamanism, shared reality of place, borderland consciousness, and mystical participation. This unique collection of essays bridges theoretical orientations and includes some of the most original analytic writers of our time. An essential read for psychoanalysts, Jungian analysts, psychotherapists, and analytic candidates. Published by Fisher King Press. Order


-    Introduction: An Overview of Participation Mystique - Mark Winborn
            Section I Clinical Applications
1   Negative Coniunctio: Envy and Sadomasochism in Analysis - Pamela Power
2   Trauma, Participation Mystique, Projective Identification and Analytic Attitude - Marcus 
3   Watching Clouds Together: Analytic Reverie and Participation Mystique - Mark Winborn
4   Modern Kleinian Therapy, Jung's Participation Mystique, and the Projective Identification Process - Robert Waska

            Section II Experiential Narratives
5   Songs Never Heard Before: Listening and Living Differently In Shared Realities -
Dianne Braden
6   Variants of Mystical Participation - Michael Eigen
7   Participation Mystique in Peruvian Shamanism - Deborah Bryon

            Section III Theoretical Discussions
8   Healing Our Split: Participation Mystique and C. G. Jung - Jerome Bernstein
9   The Transferential Chimera and Neuroscience - Fran├žois Martin-Vallas
10 Toward a Phenomenology of Participation Mystique and a Reformulation of
     Jungian Philosophical Anthropology - John White

-    Conclusion - Mark Winborn

Praise for Shared Realities:
Participation Mystique and Beyond
Jung's use of the concept participation mystique has always struck me as among his most original ideas and I could vaguely intuit its relevance to many contemporary developments in psychoanalysis, from projective identification to intersubjectivity to the mysteries of transitional space.  Now, thanks to the extraordinary essays in this book, one no longer has to "intuit" this relevance.  It is spelled out in beautiful detail by writers with expertise in many facets of our field.  The breadth of these essays is truly extraordinary.  Reading them has enriched both my personal and professional life.  I highly recommend this book.
Donald Kalsched, Ph.D. author of  The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit (Routledge, 1996) and Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption (Routledge, 2013).
The concept of “participation mystique” is one that is often considered a somewhat arcane notion disparagingly equated with an unconscious, undifferentiated or “primitive” dynamic.   This collection of outstanding articles from Jungian analysts of different theoretical perspectives and analysts from different schools of depth psychology redeems this concept and locates it as central to depth work, regardless of one’s theoretical orientation.   What may seem like an ethereal notion becomes grounded when explored from the perspective of the clinical, the experiential and the theoretical.   Linking participation mystique to the more clinical concepts of projective identification, unitary reality, empathy, the intersubjective field and the neurosciences and locating this dynamic in the field of the transference and counter-transference, brings this concept to life in a refreshingly clear and related manner.   In addition, each author does so in a very personal manner.
This book provides the reader with a wonderful example of amplification of participation mystique, linking many diverse threads and fibers to form an image, which, while it reveals its depth and usefulness, nevertheless maintains its sense of mystery.  This book is a true delight for anyone intrigued by those “moments of meeting”, moments of awe, when the ineffable becomes manifest, when we feel the shiver down our spine, be it in our work or in a moment of grace as we sit quietly in nature. Shared Realities offers nourishment for the clinician, for the intellect and, most importantly, for the soul.  I highly recommend it! 
Tom Kelly, President – International Association for Analytical Psychology and Past-President – Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts



Monday, May 5, 2014

Ruggiero - Working with Borderline Patients

"Borderline patients force the analyst into a continuous work of auto-analysis, through which he can – in fact through the process of mirroring – encounter the other, the unknown, the disturbing element inside the self, in an inexhaustible process of re-attributing meaning in apr s-coup to elements which are not yet conscious, whose existence the analyst intuits sometimes only vaguely. The inevitable experiences of symmetry must not in any way allow a loss of sight, even for a moment, of the necessary asymmetry of the analytic relationship, and the fact that both self-analysis and the analysis of the countertransference need to be carried out in terms of the patient and in terms of the understanding of his internal world (Bollas, 1987). Only on this basis can the recognition of the contribution which the analyst brings to the analysis – with his strange subjectivity – foster a better understanding of the patient’s intrapsychic region and the connections between what emerges in the here and now of the session and the patient’s personal history, as he is rebuilding it in the course of the analysis, in a process of continual rewriting, transformation and integration between reality that is both internal and external, both intrapsychic and interpsychic." (p. 604)

Irene Ruggiero (2012) The Unreachable Object? Difficulties and Paradoxes in the Analytical Relationship with Borderline Patients, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 93, pp. 585–606