The hero's quest for the self: an archetypal approach to Hesse's Demian and other novels

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University Press of America, Incorporated, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 153 pages
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Mental health professionals should be attuned to the ideal of compassionate understanding even when faced with clinical and social questions of a large scope: What if the patient is a family rather than an individual? Or a small group, a large group, an organization, a community, or social institution? What if the patient is a whole culture? If all of these are cases in need, can psychiatric assessment of them provide the necessary understanding and devise appropriate and workable forms of help? What are the next evolutions of psychiatric diagnosis and what are the differences in human well-being they can make? The papers in this book are attempts to come to grips with these questions, one by one, cautiously or boldly, according to each author's outlook and temperament.

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Confrontation with the Shadow
Retreat from Individual ion
The Heros Journey

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David G. Richards is Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He is the author of Georg Buchner and the Birth of the Modern Drama, named "Outstanding Academic Book of 1977" by Choice.

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