Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma

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Taylor & Francis, 2005 - 261 páginas

Living in the Borderland addresses the evolution of Western consciousness and describes the emergence of the 'Borderland, ' a spectrum of reality that is beyond the rational yet is palpable to an increasing number of individuals. Building on Jungian theory, Jerome Bernstein argues that a greater openness to transrational reality experienced by Borderland personalities allows new possibilities for understanding and healing confounding clinical and developmental enigmas.

There are many people whose experiences of reality is outside the mainstream of Western culture; often they see themselves as abnormal because they have no articulated frame of reference for their experience. The concept of the Borderland personality explains much of their experience.

In three sections, this book examines the psychological and clinical implications of the evolution of consciousness and looks at how the new Borderland consciousness bridges the mind-body divide. Subjects covered include:

- Genesis: Evolution of the Western Ego

- Transrational Data in a Western Clinical Context: Synchronicity

- Trauma and Borderland Transcendence

- Environmental Illness Complex

- Integration of Navajo and Western healing approaches for Borderland Personalities.

Living in the Borderland challenges the standard clinical model, which views normality as an absence of pathology and which equates normality with the rational. Jerome S. Bernstein describes how psychotherapy itself often contributes to the alienation of Borderland personalities by misperceiving the difference between the pathological and the sacred. The case studies included illustrate the potential this has for causing serious psychic and emotional damage to the patient.

This challenge to the orthodoxies and complacencies of Western medicine's concept of pathology will interest Jungian Analysts, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists and other physicians, as well as educators of children.

Jerome S. Bernstein is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

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Prologue
3
Living in the Borderland The pathological and the sacred Hannah
6
Genesis Birth of the western ego
15
Genesis
18
The Archetypal thrust of Genesis
20
Role of the alphabet the alephbet
22
An anthropomorphized ego cleaved from nature
23
An ego wrenched from nature
27
Clinical adaptations between Navajo and western healing approaches Bridging the mindbody split
136
The transference dynamic
137
Navajo clinical context
138
The Self and the hatathli
139
Clinical implications
140
Story as clinical tool
145
The body
149
Witnessing as clinical tool
150

Makeup of this psyche splitoff from nature
33
Western egos fear of fragmentation
34
Fragmentation complex
36
Darwin and overspecialization
39
The threat of species suicide
40
Beyond Darwin and Newton Complex adaptive systems
48
Chaos theory and the Borderland
52
A coevolutionary partner
56
Introduction to Part II Psychological and clinical implications
69
A Great Grief
71
Portals to the Borderland
81
Personality structure portal
83
Trauma portal
91
BorderlandBorderline
102
Introduction to Part III A new emerging consciousness Building a clinical bridge between the mindbody split
121
A cookout Fundamental differences and points of linkage between Navajo and western healing systems
125
Navajo religion and healing
127
Beauty
129
Western approaches to healing
130
Sand painting dream work and the mindbody connection
155
Synchronicity
159
Spiritual redemption or spiritual bypass
167
Transrational data in a western clinical context Synchronicity
173
Dreams
176
Role of the clinician
191
Transrational data in the context of allopathic medicine
198
Environmental illness complex
204
Avoidance model of diagnosis and treatment
208
Environmental illness complex
210
Mindbody split in EIC
211
Environmental illness complex and the Borderland
214
Ahead
219
Further reflections
223
Epilogue The Borderland the placeofpotentialmeeting
228
Appendix
240
Bibliography
244
Index
257
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