The Knife and the Butterfly: A Story of Jungian Analysis

Author(s) : Naomi Lloyd, Editor : Corinne Henderson

The Knife and the Butterfly: A Story of Jungian Analysis

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : March 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 320
  • Category :
    Jung and Analytical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 34992
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782200918
  • ISBN 10 : 1782200916
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This book is a truly original account of a therapeutic journey. Its unique perspective is the result of recordings which the author’s analyst allowed her to make during the last eight months of their work together. Thus the reader is invited into the previously sacrosanct confines of the analytic consulting room, and encounters the perspective of the patient in parallel with the vision of the analyst, who imparts psychological, theoretical and emotional meaning to the patient’s presenting material.

To the author’s knowledge, no previously published account of a journey through analysis has been able to invite the reader in to the immediacy and intimacy of the analytic relationship which this memoir offers. Verbatim extracts from the recordings give accurate accounts of their shared dialogue, which is not possible in a one-sided account written in hindsight by either the patient or the analyst.

The way in which the theoretical content emerges from this shared dialogue is another unique feature. As a practising psychotherapist herself by this final period in her analysis, both author and analyst can reflect back on the challenges they faced from a theoretical as well as an emotional perspective. The immediacy of these exchanges adds to the intimate quality of this memoir.

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‘This account of a Jungian analysis provides fascinating (in)sight into the complexities of relationship that lie at the heart of analysis. The author reveals the challenges between self and other that develop and transform in the relational place that is analysis. She shows the work needed to have the analysand commit to her own mind; to say “here I am, this is I”. The book shows the phenomenology of analysis as it occurs and is seen through both Jungian and psychoanalytic lenses. This book helps show us analysis as it happens.’
— Chris Milton, PhD, clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst

About the Author(s)

Naomi Lloyd became a psychotherapist in her fifties after a career of more than twenty years as an Early Years Teacher. A Diploma in Integrative Counselling was followed by an MA in Existential Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision. Naomi worked in busy private practice; as a voluntary bereavement counsellor; and taught existential psychotherapy to Diploma Course students. After retiring from private practice she continued supervision and voluntary bereavement work. Until her death Naomi lived in southwest London with her husband who lives not far from their two grown up children and two grandchildren.

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