The Primal Wound: A Transpersonal View of Trauma, Addiction, and Growth

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SUNY Press, 1997 - Psychology - 284 pages
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The primal wound is the result of a violation we all suffer in various ways, beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout life. Because we are treated not as individual, unique human beings but as objects, our intrinsic, authentic sense of self is annihilated. This primal wounding breaks the fundamental relationships that form the fabric of human existence: the relationship to oneself, to other people, to the natural world, and to a sense of transpersonal meaning symbolized in concepts such as the Divine, the Ground of Being, and Ultimate Reality. In this book Firman and Gila apply object relations theory, self-psychology, transpersonal psychology, and psychosynthesis to the issues of psychological wounding, healing, and growth and show how this wounding can be redeemed through therapy and through changing one's way of living.
 

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Contents

An AddictionAbuse Workshop
13
The Source of Human Spirit
27
The Human Spirit
49
The Development of Spirit
71
The Primal Wound
89
The Higher and Lower Unconscious
121
Personalities and Subpersonalities
151
SelfRealization
181
Psychosynthesis Therapy
209
The Psychosynthesis Therapist
229
Notes
255
Bibliography
265
Index
275
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