Many patients who describe themselves as “broken” by early trauma are also “broken open” to a psycho-spiritual dimension of the psyche in which mysterious, uncanny powers reside, including psychic powers. While these powers are often deployed defensively by the patient (i.e., for survival purposes), they can also provide important inner resources for the trauma-survivor and give access to a world of non-ordinary reality in which “spiritual” beings come to presence and in which genuinely mystical experiences occur. Understanding these ineffable aspects of experience in the treatment of dissociative patients can be very important in promoting a healing outcome.
In this lecture, Dr. Kalsched will relate a series of strange and fascinating stories of encounters by psychoanalysts with anomalous (para-normal) phenomena in the clinical setting. These encounters, including what Jung called “synchronicity,” open up a second world of “non-ordinary reality.” They defy explanation by the normal physical laws that organize our world and so they stretch our understanding of material reality. They can also pose real therapeutic difficulties for therapist and patient alike.
Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., is a Jungian Analyst and Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, a training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He teaches and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of early trauma and its treatment. His two books, The Inner World of Trauma (Routledge, 1996) and Trauma and the Soul (Routledge, 2013) have found a wide readership and have each been translated into many languages.