Jungian Music Psychotherapy: When Psyche Sings

Jungian Music Psychotherapy: When Psyche Sings

by Joel Kroeker

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Music is everywhere in our lives and all analysts are witness to musical symbols arising from their patient's psyche. However, there is a common resistance to working directly with musical content. Combining a wide range of clinical vignettes with analytic theory, Kroeker takes an in-depth look at the psychoanalytic process through the lens of musical expression and puts forward an approach to working with musical symbols within analysis, which he calls Archetypal Music Psychotherapy (AMP).

Kroeker argues that we have lost our connection to the simple, vital immediacy that musical expression offers. By distilling music into its basic archetypal elements, he illustrates how to rediscover our place in this confrontation with deep psyche and highlights the role of the enigmatic, musical psyche for guiding us through our life. Innovative and interdisciplinary, Kroeker’s model for working analytically with musical symbols enables readers to harness the impact of meaningful sound, allowing them to view these experiences through the clarifying lens of depth psychology and the wider work of contemporary psychoanalytic theory.

Jungian Music Psychotherapy is a groundbreaking introduction to the ideas of Archetypal Music Psychotherapy that interweaves theory with clinical examples. It is essential reading for Jungian analysts, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, music therapists, academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian studies, music studies, consciousness studies, and those interested in the creative arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429861628
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/26/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Joel Kroeker is a Swiss-trained Jungian psychoanalyst and a music-centred psychotherapist based in Victoria, Canada. Kroeker is also an award-winning international recording artist.

Table of Contents

Dedication;  Foreword by Mark Winborn;  Introduction;  Acknowledgements;  Chapter 1: The Red Album: Jung’s relationship with music;  Chapter 2: The Musical Cure: Cultural amplifications of musical healing throughout history;  Chapter 3: Music as Orienting Force: The place of music within analytical psychology;  Chapter 4: A Lexicon without a Language: How musical thinking transcends the confines of grammar;  Chapter 5: A Conspicuous Silence: The absence of music in analytical psychology;  Chapter 6: What is Music?: Music = Time + Sound;  Chapter 7: Working Analytically with Musical Symbols: A natural next step from Jung’s original vision;  Chapter 8: Archetypal Music Psychotherapy: Analysis through musical processes;  Chapter 9: The Musical Field: Processing the symbiotic auditory ecosystem;  Chapter 10: Bilocation and the Composer’s Vantage Point: Some hints on setting the frame from the world of the sound poet;  Chapter 11: The Scope of a Music-Oriented Approach: On beauty, ethics and the role of creativity;  Chapter 12: Musical Approaches to Analytic Technique: Navigating the dual role of musician and analyst;  Chapter 13: Amplifying Musical Symbols: Example #1: Tonal centre as the musical archetype of Home;  Chapter 14: In Conclusion…: Musical reverie as a profound investigation of oneself;  References;  Index

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