Hi all –
I am pleased to announce that my book, The Collective Unconscious in the Age of Neuroscience: Severe Mental Illness and Jung in the 21st Century is now shipping from Routledge (www.routledge.com/9781138057364) and other outlets (Amazon…)
The book is a relatively short empirical work that utilizes narrative analysis to examine four autobiographical accounts of mental illness, including my own, to illuminate the interplay between psychic material and human physiology that Jung intuited to exist. It highlights patterns of collective material in schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder, and explores how the efficacy of pharmacological treatment sheds light on Jung’s theoretical model. I pay special attention to some of the medical data, including genetic research and an explication of pharmaceutical actions of the medications used to treat these severe mental illnesses.
While I shudder at some of the writing, I think the important nuggets come through. Jung’s shift to the term objective psyche, and his later postulations on psychoid, really ended up ringing out in the hermeneutic analysis. Kind of wild, actually.
I hope those of you who are interested find it meaningful, as well.
Hallie B. Durchslag, PhD, LISW-S
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