By Erving Polster
Erving Polster enormously expands the data and pondering at the improvement of the self. this crucial publication deals therapists new methods of considering, in addition to particular approaches to assist sufferers observe a strong and fit experience of self.
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Another distinction is that between the archetypes of the family (child, mother, father, home) and the selfreferring archetypes (self, animus/ma, shadow and persona). Yet another, less over-concretised, approach is to select an archetypal theme and see how the various archetypes and their imagery cluster round it. An example might be the idea of rebirth or regeneration which has a different feel at different stages of life or when looked at from different perspectives— religious, psychological or otherwise.
For a further discussion of the relationship between the ego and the archetypes see pp. ) THE HIERARCHY OF THE ARCHETYPES Jung organised his archetypes into single entities; thus he noticed that there is a tendency for the unconscious to personify. Attempts to present the archetypes in a plan or hierarchy have proved an irresistible attraction and there are a number of different ways this can be done. Starting from the outside and looking in is a tradtional way to proceed. In this system, we first meet the persona, a term borrowed from Roman drama to indicate the social mask or face we put on to face the world.
Unconscious fantasy is this mental expression of instinct (cf. Jung’s ‘self-portrait of the instinct’). 83). This must therefore include sexual and destructive impulses (cf. Jung’s bipolarity). Fantasy is seen as the operative link between ego mechanisms and instincts. The instinct is, according to Isaacs, itself a psychosomatic process directed to concrete external objects and, as we have seen, is portrayed in the mind by unconscious fantasy. The image of what would fulfil our instinctual needs not only makes our interpretation of experience subjective, but is also necessary to realise our needs in reality.
A Population of Selves: A Therapeutic Exploration of Personal Diversity (Jossey Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series) by Erving Polster