publication . Article . 2015

Toward a Transformative Alchemy: The Phenomenology of the Event of Psychotherapy

Matthew Draper; David Polizzi;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2015 Journal: Oñati Socio-Legal Series (issn: 2079-5971, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law
Abstract
<p>This paper takes up Jung&rsquo;s concept of Alchemy and applies the theory of this transformational process to prison psychotherapy. In particular, it discusses the manifest meanings in the prison system, how those can be made present and manifest, and how psychotherapy can prove an event, a moment when transformation can take place. It then discusses the openness and closedness of the client and the therapist to the transformational possibilities of the event, and the consequences of those fluid positions. Contextualizing the degree of openness is the adjacent possible in this potentially very human form of relating, and how the apparatus of prisons situated...
Subjects
free text keywords: Psychotherapy, Prisons, Alchemy, Phenomenology, Event, Apparatus, Psicoterapia, prisiones, alquimia, fenomenología, eventos, sistema, Social legislation, K7585-7595
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