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Pages: 214

Language: English

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (19 Jun. 2014)

By: Jeremy Holmes(Author)

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Use of the imagination is a key aspect of successful psychotherapeutic treatments. Psychotherapy helps clients get in touch with, awaken, and learn to trust their creative inner life, while therapists use their imaginations to mentalise the suffering other and to trace the unconscious stirrings evoked by the intimacy of the consulting room.

Working from this premise, in The Therapeutic Imagination Jeremy Holmes argues unashamedly that literate therapists make better therapists. Drawing on psychoanalytic and literary traditions both classical and contemporary, Part I shows how poetry and novels help foster therapists’ understanding of their own imagination-in-action, anatomised into five phases: attachment, reverie, logos, action and reflection. Part II uses the contrast between secure and insecure narrative styles in attachment theory and relates these to literary storytelling and the transformational aspects of therapy. Part III uses literary accounts to illuminate the psychiatric conditions of narcissism, anxiety, splitting and bereavement. Based on Forster’s motto, ‘Only Connect’, Part IV argues, with the help of poetic examples, that a psychiatry shorn of psychodynamic creativity is impoverished and fails to serve its patients.

Clearly and elegantly written, and drawing on the author’s deep knowledge of psychoanalysis and attachment theory and a lifetime of clinical experience, Holmes convincingly links the literary and psychoanalytic canon. The Therapeutic Imagination is a compelling and insightful work that will strike chords for therapists, counsellors, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists and psychologists.


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  • By Guest on 17 January 2016

    The book is mainly intended for therapists particularly those interested in J Holmes passion for Attachment Theory. He has though incorporated his love for literature ( first degree was in the Arts) which makes it a good read for those who might enjoy analysing texts in a different way. An interesting development is that J Holmes has radically altered his understanding of the role of spirituality as a component of psychotherapy. From a scathing criticism of his colleagues who were promoting the need to incorporate spirituality in understandings of mental health provision quote - 'the weasel word spirituality means everything and nothing including the oxymoronic 'secular spirituality' - to a position whereby J Holmes is using extracts from this book to overtly promote the secular spiritual dimension to psychotherapy. That revision reveals a more mature understanding and actually bolsters his view that psychotherapy is a human interaction which cannot be explained by science alone. It is refreshing to see how he undermines the embarrassment of a modern age about poetry and spirituality by showing how it can enrich the 'technical' process of therapy and the human interaction between therapist and client; author and reader

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