Symbolic Mental Representations in Arts and Mystical Experiences: Primordial Mental Activity and Archetypal Constellations

1st Edition

Giselle Manica

June 1, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 8 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367442736 - CAT# 342394
Series: Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies


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Symbolic Mental Representations in Arts and Mystical Experiences explains how the individual’s conceptualization of reality is dependent on the development of their brain, body structure, and the experiences that are physiologically confronted, acted, or observed via learning and/or simulation, occurring in family or community settings.

The book offers support for Jean Knox’s reinterpretation of Jung's archetypal hypothesis, exposing the fundamentality of the body – in its neurophysiological development, bodily-felt sensations, non-verbal interactions, affects, emotions, and actions – in the process of meaning-making. Using information from disciplines such as Affective Neuroscience, Embodied Cognition, Attachment Theory, and Cognitive Linguistics, it clarifies how the most refined experiences of symbolic imagination are rooted in somatopsychic patterns.

This book will be of great interest for academics and researchers in the fields of Analytical Psychology, Affective Neuroscience, Linguistics, Anthropology of Consciousness, Art-therapy and Mystical Experiences, as well as Jungian and post-Jungian scholars, philosophers and teachers.

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