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The Umwelt and Networks of Archetypal Images: A Jungian Approach to Therapeutic Encounters in Humanitarian Contexts

Papadopoulos, RK (2011) 'The Umwelt and Networks of Archetypal Images: A Jungian Approach to Therapeutic Encounters in Humanitarian Contexts.' Psychotherapy and Politics International, 9 (3). pp. 212-231. ISSN 1476-9263

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Abstract

This paper attempts to develop a new framework within which to comprehend the interrelationship between the ?inner? and ?external? worlds, between the personal and social, and among the intra-/inter-/trans-psychic realms. It proposes the Umwelt as a heuristic concept to grasp and formulate these interconnections. Then, it argues that if we expand the Jungian theory of archetypes by introducing the concepts of ?network of archetypal images? and ?collective structures of meaning?, it is possible to develop a more coherent framework to address ?therapeutic encounters? in the context of humanitarian work. The process of ?therapeutic encounter? is distinguished from ?doing therapy?. An example of such an encounter is offered and a new reading is suggested of processes and phenomena that are often examined through existing approaches

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Additional Information: This paper is a modified version of a paper that was published in Italian as ?L'Umwelt, Jung e le reti di immagini archetipiche? in Rivista di Psicologia Analitica, 2009, Nuova serie n.26, Volume 78/2008: 93?128. See http://endeavour.essex.ac.uk/2042/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Umwelt; network of archetypal images; Jung; humanitarian work; adversity-activated development
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2012 17:52
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:18
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2041

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