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Joy, Inspiration, and Hope : Analytical Psychology - Verena Kast

Joy, Inspiration, and Hope

Analytical Psychology

By: Verena Kast, Douglas Whitcher (Translator), David H. Rosen (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2003
ISBN: 9781585443093
Number Of Pages: 192

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“Emotion is an expression of the self,” Verena Kast writes in this ground-breaking study of the neglected emotions of joy, inspiration, and hope. “If we decide we no longer want to hide behind empty shells, then we will have to allow certain emotions more room. We will have to let ourselves laugh louder, cry louder, and shout for joy.”

Kast skillfully and engagingly makes the case that not only therapists and analysts but also individuals seeking growth in their own lives should give more attention to the elated emotions. Fear of excess (mania) and analytic preoccupation with grief, anxiety, and depression have together caused joy and hope to be shunned as a focus in individuation (the process toward wholeness). Kast convincingly demonstrates the role of joy in relationship and existential involvement. Joy answers the human need for elated feeling and meaning in our lives, a need which is often filled in modern society by secularized parodies of religious ecstasy, such as addiction and compulsiveness.

Kast explores the Dionysian myth as an archetypal image of the transforming effect of ecstasy on the personality. She considers Sisyphus, the absurd hero of French existentialism, as the symbol for rejection of false hope and joy, rejection which clears the way for true hope rooted in basic trust and the positive mother archetype. She suggests simple techniques for recapturing our joy through development of an autobiography of joy. Using this approach, we can discover what gives us joy personally, how we can best experience joy, and how and why we choke off our joy. By viewing joy, inspiration, and hope as core emotions in our being, we open ourselves to greater wholeness and fuller life.

"The book combines superb content with literary quality. In fact, just in the act of reading the book you experience the very emotions identified in the title. . . . Kast [contributes] so handsomely to the means by which human beings can profit from important aspects of their uniqueness."--Norman Cousins, author of Head First: The Biology of Hope--Norman Cousins, author of Head First: The Biology of Hope
" . . . Kast presents a Jungian existential analysis of joy. While much has been written about the dark emotions of depression and anxiety, joy and hope are often ignored . . . . Certain that civilization today contains a lack of ecstasy and a loss of inspiration, Kast also discusses the relevance of the mythology of Dionysus, mysticism, and religious ecstasy. She follows with a documentation of the existential existence of hope from Sartre and Camus. Her work could be considered the academic counterpart to Norman Cousins (Head First: The Biology of Hope), who endorses Kast's theories."--Library Journal--Library Journal
"Dr. Kast's simplicity of language is deceptively `pop'; she shows both a grasp of the area and a capacity for original thinking which can be valuable, indeed . . . . I can definitely recommend it to those who are, like me, tired of the endless `wounded healer' imagery and convinced, as is Professor Kast, of the tremendous value of joy, inspiration, and hope."--Psychological Perspectives--Psychological Perspectives
" . . . brims with insights."--Choice--Choice
"Verena Kast, a professor of psychology at the University of Zurich, has written an engaging and thought-provoking book on the neglected emotions of elation. This paperback is brimming over with insights into the emotions of joy, inspiration, and hope." --Spirituality & Health--Spirituality & Health

" . . . simple, straightforward and written in an easy style for readers who have had no exposure to analytical psychology. The book has a glossary of terms and the language is relaxes and conversational. . . a curious book which reveals how difficult it is to stay pop in a field which forces us to become serious and introspective."--Journal of Analytical Psychology

-- (04/01/2010)

Prologuep. 3
A Psychology of the Emotions
The Foolishness of the Tender-Minded?p. 11
Feelings, Affects, and Moodsp. 21
The Interpersonal Context of Emotionsp. 33
Joy as Elevationp. 41
Sources of Joyp. 49
Biographical Reconstructions of Joyp. 54
Anatomy of Joy
The Joy After and the Joy Beforep. 67
Making and Unmaking Joyp. 75
The Shadow Side of Joyp. 85
The Existential Meaning of Maniap. 97
Ecstasy, Inspiration, and Creativityp. 107
Dionysus and Symbiosisp. 115
Sisyphus's Hidden Hopep. 135
Hope in the Realm of the Mother Archetypep. 148
Epiloguep. 157
Glossaryp. 161
Referencesp. 166
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9781585443093
ISBN-10: 1585443093
Series: Analytical Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st September 2003
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27

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