Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey explores the journey of the human psyche through an examination of the blues as a musical genre. The genesis, history, and thematic patterns of the blues are examined from an archetypal perspective and various analytic theories – especially the interaction between Erich Neumann’s concept of unitary reality and the blues experience. Mythological and shamanistic parallels are used to provide a deeper understanding of the role of the bluesman, the blues performance, and the innate healing potential of the music. Universal aspects of human experience and transcendence are revealed through the creative medium of the blues. The atmosphere of Deep Blues is enhanced by the black and white photographs of Tom Smith which capture striking blues performances in the Maxwell Street section of Chicago. Jungian analysts, therapists and psychoanalytic practitioners with an interest in the interaction between creative expression and human experience should find Deep Blues a worthy contribution. Deep Blues also appeals to ethnomusicologists and enthusiasts of all forms of music.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
A True Note on a Slack String
The Poetry of Patrick Kavanagh and the Psychology of Carl Jung:
An Imaginal Basis for Personal Change
by Réamonn Ó Donnchadha
A True Note on a Slack String weaves together the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh and the psychology of C.G. Jung to offer an imaginal basis for individual change. It addresses key concepts which inform psychological thought, such as attachment, shadow, individuation, sexuality, masculinity, femininity, and love from the perspective of Jungian psychology and through the lens of Kavanagh's poetry, so that doors may open to readers into their own innate resilience and capability not only to survive, but to grow.
Réamonn Ó'Donnchadha, Ph.D., is a practicing psychotherapist, university professor, and author of three books about psychology and children. He lives in Connemara, in the west of Ireland, and practices and teaches in Dublin.
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Spring Journal, Inc. (June 14, 2011)