- Series: Studies in Jungian Psychology
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Inner City Books (February 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0919123996
- ISBN-13: 978-0919123991
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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The Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego (Studies in Jungian Psychology) Paperback – February 1, 2002
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A complex becomes troublesome when it is denied and splits off from our greater whole, as is the case with the Oedipus myth. In studying and deciphering the symbolic meaning of the Oedipus myth, Erel Shalit explains how a complex that has the potential to bring us into living a fuller, more conscious existence, is often denied and splits off into an 'autonomous' complex. Denying a complex, an aspect of who we are, does not cause this entity to go away. Instead, the denied castaway becomes 'autonomous' energy and unconsciously continues to live a life of its own, often wreaking havoc that is acted out in a host of neurotic symptoms.
In recognizing and welcoming home these prodigal complexes, vital pieces of our beings, we are able to reclaim lost aspects of our souls, and in turn unblock the stymied flow of psychological and creative energy that often gets dammed up and diverted into neurotic symptoms and suffering.
This publication addresses far more than just the Oedipal Complex. Dr. Shalit also delves into the Father Complex and the Mother Complex in both negative and positive forms. Clients' dreams and case studies are also discussed to bring theory into more concrete and practical terms.
For those interested in psychology, myth, religion, and philosophy, but even more so to those who might be suffering from a host of neurotic symptoms, including addictions or obsessive compulsive tendencies, I highly recommend 'The Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego' (ISBN 978-0919123991) as well as Erel Shalit's most recently published book Enemy, Cripple, & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero's Path
Erel Shalit gives a fascinating explanation of the mechanisms of the complex and translates his understandings by examining Franz Kafka along with other patients of his which clearly exemplify the process by which one faces,identifies and diffuses the elements of the shadow which drive one's life.
Just as the complex is "the messenger of the gods, or the archetypes, rather than the ego, Erel (which means angel who goes down from the heavens to contact human souls) Shalit is the messenger of a concept so complex yet made so accessable to our understanding by his methodical yet poetic description of the very motifs which grip our total existance.