Altered State

Publication Title: 
Palliative Medicine

The warm welcome for modern advances in the care of the dying should not exclude the past in which there is much to be learned from the skills of our ancestors. A bilingual two-year qualitative research project into traditions associated with dying and death was undertaken. Research began in the archives available in the internationally recognized university folklore departments of Ireland and Scotland.

Author(s): 
Donnelly, S.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Analytical Psychology

The incorporation of body awareness and touch techniques within analytic treatment is the main theme of this paper. Beginning with a personal experience of the oneness of body and psyche, the author considers Jung's observation of the physiological accompaniments of emotional reactions and his understanding of body as both shadow and ground. The author proposes a new model of analytic treatment that embraces both the verbal and imaginal as well as the non-verbal and somatic aspects of psyche.

Author(s): 
Greene, A. U.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Analytical Psychology

While listening to a concert at the age of 20, I suddenly was overcome by a feeling of oneness. The music had touched deeper levels of my soul, which much later I could understand as an experience of the Self. Music may arouse opposite feelings, the source of which is the ambivalence of the Self, of God. These opposites within the Godhead are best explained by the word numinosity, a term coined by Rudolf Otto in his book The Idea of the Holy. Love and fear are opposite feelings with regard to God, to the 'numen'.

Author(s): 
Dreifuss, G.
Publication Title: 
The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

When psychoanalysts work with couples, they implicitly recognize a different type of psychoanalytic space in which the dialectic between use of the other as an object and recognition of the other as another subject becomes a new focus of exploration. There is a tension between a search for oneness with a lost object and the inevitable otherness of the partner. In this paper, the author proposes that narcissistic relationships involve a shared fantasy that approaches either of two extremes: denial of difference or totalization of difference between partners.

Author(s): 
Kirshner, L. A.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics: The Official Organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics

This article describes three paradigms of health care that heavily influence contemporary childbirth, most particularly in the west, but increasingly around the world: the technocratic, humanistic, and holistic models of medicine. These models differ fundamentally in their definitions of the body and its relationship to the mind, and thus in the health care approaches they charter.

Author(s): 
Davis-Floyd, R.
Publication Title: 
Nursing Inquiry

This paper draws on literature, empirical data and a range of theoretical perspectives on the maternal body to examine understandings of the relationship between a pregnant woman and her foetus, with a particular focus on the body images used by women to represent this relationship. Psychoanalytic and nursing accounts of the relationship between mother and foetus have often described a symbiotic 'oneness' or unity during pregnancy.

Author(s): 
Schmied, V.
Lupton, D.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

It is unusual to combine mysticism and psychoanalysis. Marion Milner, however, achieved precisely this. Through her self-analysis and analytic work with children and adults--and using as an illustration her own and others' imaginative ideas, paintings, doodles, drawings and pictures--she drew attention to the potential for health and creativity of undoing the obstacles to mystical experience of oneness with what is beyond or other than the self, which she sometimes called God, the unconscious or the id.

Author(s): 
Sayers, Janet
Publication Title: 
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Ketamine hydrochloride is a safe and rapid-acting non-opioid, lipid soluble anaesthetic with a short elimination half-life that is used for medical and veterinary purposes. It produces a state of "dissociative anaesthesia", probably from action on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. The psychotropic effects of ketamine range from dissociation and depersonalization to psychotic experiences and include a sensation of feeling light, body distortion, absence of time sense, novel experiences of cosmic oneness and out-of-body experiences.

Author(s): 
Pal, H. R.
Berry, N.
Kumar, R.
Ray, R.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Analytical Psychology

This speculative paper concerns certain fundamentals of healing and psychotherapy which we mistakenly tend to take for granted. I discuss our need for the feeling of harmony, wholeness, and oneness. I call this archetypal need our 'normal autistic expectation'. When met, we experience well-being and 'healing'. If not sufficiently and reliably met, this expectation becomes an omnipotent demand ('autistic demand').

Author(s): 
Redfearn, J.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

The author takes a renewed look at the constitutive aspects of experience, looking at it as process rather than contents. Recently more psychoanalytic voices are discernible that argue for the complexity and multi-leveled nature of inner experience. Yet the predominant and preeminent psychoanalytic voice has traditionally emphasized the linearity and single-factored nature of experience and all that is based on it: development, object relations, psychopathology, and treatment.

Author(s): 
Erlich, H. Shmuel

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