- Series: Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology (Book 2)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; New edition edition (August 9, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585444634
- ISBN-13: 978-1585444632
A measure of our need for integrity, John Beebe writes, is that „we rarely allow ourselves an examination of the concept itself. To do so would betray an unspoken philosophic, poetic, and psychological rule of our culture: not to disturb the mystery of what we desire most.”
In this sensitive, broadly ranging, and surprisingly detailed work, Beebe reveals much about the nature of integrity while honoring its central mystery. In the process he clarifies not only the importance, but the psychological meaning of this quality. He presents a way of working in psychotherapeutic relationships not only with integrity, but on integrity.
Starting with a careful examination of integritas, a word that appears to have been introduced by Cicero, Beebe traces the evolution of the concept from a moral and theological notion to a psychological one. He explores the Eastern understanding of integrity, as well, basing his discussion on pre-Confucian manuscripts of the Tao Te Ching.
Viewing anxiety and shame as functions of integrity, he shows the contributions depth psychology can make to integrity’s development. He summons the Puritan Forefather as a repressed archetype of integrity, then looks at the ways sex difference and our resulting notions of gender have colored our culture’s experience and expression of integrity. He goes beyond C. G. Jung’s concept of the anima/feminine principle to present a masculine as well as feminine access to integration and wholeness for men and women. Pointing to the all-important role of the psychological shadow in defining the limits of any moral standpoint, he helps us to locate integrity as the part of a person that is consistent in accepting the ever-shifting wholeness of the total personality.
Drawing on his own years of experience as a psychotherapist, Beebe shows how the holding environment of psychotherapy can use delight and rage, dreams and transference to reveal and foster individual integrity. A fairy tale of healing from the Grimm Brothers draws together the strands of his argument in a powerful call for integrity to be not only the goal but the means of therapy. Integrity in Depth is a ground-breaking work that moves the reader to think in a new way about the psychological basis of moral wholeness.
John Beebe, a Jungian analyst in practice in San Francisco, has been writing and lecturing about popular culture for thirty years. Concentrating particularly on the American cinema, he has demonstrated how archetypal patterns shape not only the scenarios but also the directorial styles that are most characteristic of our country’s canon, from the showcases of the great silent comedians, through The Wizard of Oz, film noir, the Hitchcock and Welles classics of the forties and fifties, and such auteur masterpieces as Letter From an Unknown Woman, The African Queen and Rebel Without a Cause, and on to contemporary classics like Broadcast News, The Grifters, Schindler’s List, and Brokeback Mountain. Jungian psychological themes Dr. Beebe has identified in American film include humiliations of the body, the trickster’s role in individuation beyond the hero, the interplay of integrity and synchronicity, and the comedy and drama of competing types of psychological consciousness. His most recent book, co-authored with fellow analyst Virginia Apperson, is The Presence of the Feminine in Film, now available in paperback.
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