Perversion: A Jungian Approach

Perversion: A Jungian Approach

by Fiona Ross

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Overview

Theoretical understanding of perversion is neglected in analytical psychology, and narrowly developed in psychoanalysis, where it traditionally refers to sexual perversion. Etymological exploration of the word "perversion", including its use in religious, moral, sociological and legal contexts, reveals a wider meaning than that adopted in psychoanalysis. The aim of the author is to revise the psychoanalytic model through the introduction of Jungian concepts that extend the understanding of perversion beyond the bounds of sexuality to a more general relational context. By describing the development of psychoanalytic thinking on perversion in detail, the author is able to highlight the central differences between the Freudian and Jungian interpretive traditions and to explain why Jungian ideas on perversion have remained underdeveloped, leading to the absence of a unique or available Jungian contribution to the theory of perversion.

Editorial Reviews

Renos K. Papadopoulos

"The publication of this book is most welcome and it deserves to be hailed as a substantial contribution not only to this subject but also to the applicability of comparative psychoanalytic theorisation. The book addresses an important field that seems to have been clouded by clichés rather than conceptual clarity, and this is what the author introduces with incisive perception, competence and creativity. By releasing the term from its asphyxiating sexual connotation, the book develops an original framework within which to comprehend the wider phenomena of perversion. Using innovative methodology, it grounds the conceptual analysis onto real life biographies. Through a carefully crafted extension of the Jungian theories, the author succeeds in developing a new perspective to view afresh phenomena that, especially in our times, require sound understanding. Strongly recommended!"

Hazel Robinson

"In a welcome development of her book, Dr Ross here describes in detail the developments in her thoughtful understanding of 'perversion' as it can be understood in a contemporary Jungian analytic context."

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"In a welcome development of her book, Dr Ross here describes in detail the developments in her thoughtful understanding of 'perversion' as it can be understood in a contemporary Jungian analytic context."

"The publication of this book is most welcome and it deserves to be hailed as a substantial contribution not only to this subject but also to the applicability of comparative psychoanalytic theorisation. The book addresses an important field that seems to have been clouded by clichés rather than conceptual clarity, and this is what the author introduces with incisive perception, competence and creativity. By releasing the term from its asphyxiating sexual connotation, the book develops an original framework within which to comprehend the wider phenomena of perversion. Using innovative methodology, it grounds the conceptual analysis onto real life biographies. Through a carefully crafted extension of the Jungian theories, the author succeeds in developing a new perspective to view afresh phenomena that, especially in our times, require sound understanding. Strongly recommended!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780490304
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/03/2013
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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