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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In their formulation of transformation in terms of the individual ' s mutual
relationship with God , the kabbalists succeeded in articulating a dimension of
experience that I believe has eluded psychoanalysis ' s grasp . In drawing on
... and transforming themselves and each other . ( p . 57 ) ma I believe that
Mitchell is expressing here in psychological terms what the kabbalists articulated
on the spiritual plane , projecting their vision further outward into the cosmos ...
The kabbalistic metaphors I have explored here are those that I believe are most
relevant to the work of psychic change in psychoanalysis , and that have a
particular resonance with the relational psychoanalytic paradigm . In elaborating
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