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Imagination as space of freedom : dialogue between the ego and the unconscious
Kast, Verena, 1943-
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Imagination als Raum der Freiheit. English
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Fromm International Pub. Corp., [1993]

Physical Description:
201 pages ; 22 cm.
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Series statement from jacket.

Translation of: Imagination als Raum der Freiheit.
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RC489.F35 K3713 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Imagining has long been used as a therapeutic tool. Carl Jung developed the concept further by introducing Active Imagination, in which the creative powers of the unconscious produce images which are then addressed by the ego. While Jung never described this method in book form, Kast explains it thrillingly to the lay reader.

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Kast has written an interesting and engaging book that serves, at least in part, as a bridge between Jungian thought and some techniques usually restricted to cognitive behavior modification. Her focus on active imagination as the primary means of establishing a dialogue between the conscious part of the self system, the ego, and the unconscious is well presented. In the main, her work is convincing and her ideas clearly articulated. However, in order to fully appreciate her work, some background in Jungian psychology and relaxation therapy (broadly defined to include much of cognitive behavior modification) is required. The main thesis that one needs to create, through relaxation procedures, a tranquil state in which the imagination is activated is well supported by numerous examples from clinical practice. A useful addition to most undergraduate academic libraries. M. W. York; University of New Haven