The emergence and understanding of synchronous and shamanic phenomena in an analysis: Malcolm Rushton

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Date(s) - 28/10/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Oxford - Friends Meeting House


The emergence and understanding of synchronous and shamanic phenomena in an analysis

Malcolm Rushton

I have found myself facing terrorising behaviour with a small group of patients from assessment onwards and I describe the development of the analysis of one such patient.  In this case I have had to be the one to change in the course of the analysis before it was safe for the patient to change. Synchronous and shamanic phenomena seem to have emerged spontaneously as part of this analytic process and have led to very striking changes in both patient and analyst alike. I will give some thoughts about a way of understanding these phenomena with reference to Jung and Neumann, and Tim Read’s notion of ‘archetypal crisis’. With this, and similar patients, it isn’t more supervision that is needed but more analysis. I will close with some thoughts on global terrorism in the light of this work.

Malcolm Rushton is an SAP training analyst and works full time in private practice with a variety of deeply traumatised people. He has an interest in shamanism, and his collection of ancient art with particular reference to shamanism, located in his consulting room, plays an important role in his work.

Chair: Barbara Levick

This is a 2 hour CPD event.

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