The Truth in the Analytical Process
por Solange Bertolotto Schneider
1st. ed., Belo Horizonte: Initia Via, 2019.
ISBN 978-85-9547-060-6 [Digital]
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Description: Truth, secrets, and lies are an important part of human communication. The way we see the reality of facts is affected not only by culture but also by autonomous complexes of the psyche, shadow projections, and the crystallization of the persona. An individual's typology, as well as his or her attitude (extrovert or introvert), also affects the perception of reality and its implications. The archetype of Truth is analyzed here as a symbol not only in Psychology, but also in History, Philosophy, Religion, Science, and Politics.
Truth is an important symbol in our daily lives. Ideally, the truth is desired but difficult to accept. Truth is about deep ethical values, and for this reason, Ethics is the traveling partner in this discussion.
Cassandra's myth and the movie The Imitation Game(2014) are used as primary examples to debate: a) the role of Truth in relation to female-male, power-love, body-soul polarities; and b) obstacles that hinder recognition of the truth.
The role of the feminine, the masculine, and sexuality are an important part of this reflection, due to the complex relationship between Truth and power, and between women and men throughout human history - and the development of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology.
Wilhelm Reich's concept of “character armor” is compared with C. G. Jung's theory of complexes, since shadow, persona, and complexes are all in the body. In addition, dreams, neuroscience, and the Word Association Experiment are referred to as tools for understanding the importance of Truth and the obstacles to its recognition.
A relevant concept for this work is that of the psychoid archetype, considered an "intermediate" quality of consciousness, which finds itself "between" the personal and the collective unconscious - and thus a way of accessing a deeper knowledge of the self. Insight and synchronicity are recognized as a result of the psyche's ability to be inthe psychoid archetype, which is present as the primary resource for recognizing the truth. Truth lies between the personaand the shadow. Learning to recognize and deal with it is essential to the individuation process.
About the author: Solange Bertolotto Schneider works as a clinical psychologist since 1983. She is as a Jungian Analyst graduated from the C. G. Jung Institut Zurich - Kusnacht, Switzerland, where she is also a Training Supervisor. She coordinates study, dream and supervisory groups.
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Table of Contents
Preface by Verena Kast
Foreword by Janis Maxwell
Introduction: Maat, The Egyptian Goddess of Truth
1. Truth in daily life
1.1. Cassandra: the myth
1.2. The Imitation Game (2014): synopsis
2. Acknowledging the Truth
2.1. Truth as a Serpent’s Gift
2.2. Truth as result of Insight
2.3. Truth and Lie as a natural talent
3. Shadow and Lie: the guardians of culture
4. Love and Truth vs. Power and Lie
4.1. Truth and Humility
5. Considerations about Belief
5.1. Disbelieve as a Curse
5.2. Belief as a Curse
6. Histrionic character, Truth and misogyny
6.1. Neurosis and Truth
6.2. Magic and Insight
6.3. Truth and Post Truth
6.4. Truth and Internet
7. Truth, Shadow and Culture
7.1. Truth and Shadow at Black Mirror
7.2 The Foreseer and the Blindness
8. Truth, Lies and sexuality
8.1. Sexual orientation and gender
9. The Lie
9.1. Lie and Persona
9.2. The Persona of an individuated analyst
9.3. Persona and Character Armor
10. Virtual Reality, Persona and Psyche
11. Lie, Religion and Cultural Truth
12. Blindness, Lies and Secrets
13. Secret: the Hidden Truth
13.1. Secret as a Curse
13.2. Secret and Imagination
13.3. Secret and Individuality
14. Jung and the Word Association Experiment
15. Jung, Lies and Neurosciences
16. Truth and the Theory of Complex
17. Truth in Dreams
18. Truth in Analytical Psychology and in The Red Book