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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His analysis of religious and spiritual experience is largely compelling , insightful
, and deeply respectful . Nevertheless , in his use of such language as “ retrieving
, ” “ recapitulating , ” and “ re - activating , " Ostow remains in the paradigm of ...
Psychoanalysis , according to Green , must not seek to eliminate emotional
experience by applying logic and abstract thinking , but instead must be able
work with the jouissance of the emotional experience , the awesome , numinous
As I stated in the Introduction , my goal in this book is not to explain away spiritual
experience in psychoanalytic terms , nor to suggest that we discard
psychoanalytic formulations in favor of spiritual metaphors , but , rather , to play in
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