Repair of the Soul: Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Pyschoanalysis
Routledge, 2008 - 134
Repair of the Soul examines transformation from the perspective of Jewish mysticism and psychoanalysis, addressing the question of how one achieves self-understanding that leads not only to insight but also to meaningful change. In this beautifully written and thought-provoking book, Karen Starr draws upon a contemporary relational approach to psychoanalysis to explore the spiritual dimension of psychic change within the context of the psychoanalytic relationship. Influenced by the work of Lewis Aron, Steven Mitchell and other relational theorists, and drawing upon contemporary scholarship in the field of Jewish studies, Starr brings the ideas of the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical tradition, into dialogue with modern psychoanalytic thought. Repair of the Soul provides a scholarly integration of several kabbalistic and psychoanalytic themes relating to transformation, including faith, surrender, authenticity, and mutuality, as well as a unique exploration of the relationship of the individual to the universal. Starr uses the Kabbalah¿s metaphors as a vivid framework with which to illuminate the experience of transformation in psychoanalytic process, and to explore the evolving view of the psychoanalytic relationship as one in which both parties - the analyst as well as the patient - are transformed.
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The Zohar notes that the three consonants of the Hebrew word for truthemet —
aleph , mem , and tav , are the first , middle , and last letters of the Hebrew
alphabet : truth stretches from the beginning to end of language . Linguistic
The analyst ' s role is to recognize the truth expressed by the discourse of the
unconscious ; in other words , to discern the meaning of the metaphor of the
symptom . The analyst can do so when the truth resonates within his own
subjectivity as ...
In seeking truth , he understands the transformative necessity of losing his
identity and being restored by finding his way back . So , too , the patient
undergoing " catastrophic change ” must shed her familiar identity in order to be
open to ...
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