Trauma

aND Dreams

Trauma is about pain so utter that it swallows up normal developmental processes, leaving an abyss or “basic fault” (Balint, 1979) between self and world outwardly and ego and self inwardly (Edinger, 1972 ). Fortunately the story does not end with this cleavage because the human psyche has enormous self-curative powers. It covers the abyss with trance so that life can go on.” (Kalsched in Stein (1)).

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2020 04 22 01

The Archetype of

the Human Shadow

The concept of the shadow was derived at by Jung after much influence from both Freud and the neuro-psychiatrists like Janet, who spoke of the phenomenon of double consciousness (Casement, 2003). There is a long history of humans grappling with the concept of the shadow, not in the form of the term, but in the experience of a ‘light’ and a ‘dark’ side of...  

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Trauma

aND TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

In a world where trauma has become a common experience it is easy to become despondent. A melancholic tinge permeates consciousness, playing a sad fiddlers lament in the background. Traumatic experience, sometimes acute, sometimes chronic, sometimes vicarious, shows its presence in every person’s life. Trauma shapes the person you are, leaving with some...

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2020 04 20 03

The Baobab Tree

A look at symbolism

The baobab tree has a strong symbolic link to our psyches and spiritual symbolism. The baobab in African myth has been described as the upside down tree, as well as the tree of life. According to one legend, these beautiful trees were uprooted by God and planted upside down with their roots as their branches to punish them for their vanity. Various references in...  

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2020 04 20 02

So….How are we coping...

in the pandemic?

I thought about all the sage advice that is being put out there…mindfulness, setting goals, using this time to re-evaluate your life, and spending quality time with our family, among many other good suggestions out there. This is a time of incredible uncertainty, a time of grappling with parts of ourselves that tap us on the shoulder every now and then or...  

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2020 04 20 01

The Fear of Dying

and what we learn about ourselves

Rumination in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Just a short while ago all of us were going about our normal live, blissfully unaware of the brewing pandemic. What consumed our daily lives was our routines and structures. This gave us security and certainty. It also gave us a focus on life and...  

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2020 04 14 03

Death anxiety

In the times of a pandemic

The human life has an interesting mix of existential anxiety, celebration of life and the conscious awareness of our own death. From this we gain the possibility of creating meaning, but also the complementary fear, apathy and emptiness. As human beings, we respond to our inevitable death and...

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2020 04 14 02

Some days are difficult

Some days our souls stand up & fight

I see people struggle every day through not just one problem, but a myriad of conflicted confluence of emotions, thoughts and beliefs. They walk into my practice desperate to understand their psyches, desperate to find ‘the answer’; thereby ending all suffering in one fell swoop. And here is the paradox:

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2020 04 14 01

HOW AM I GOING TO DO THIS?

Relationship & Lockdown

A day, a week, a month, even a year. How long will I have to cope with this lockdown or the social changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. As I am writing this we are in week three of lockdown in South Africa. I live with my wife and two children just outside Port Elizabeth in a small coastal village. We have space. We have a...

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