The Labyrinth of Possibility: A Therapeutic Factor in Analytical Practice

Author(s) : Giorgio Tricarico

The Labyrinth of Possibility: A Therapeutic Factor in Analytical Practice

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : December 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 144
  • Category :
    Jung and Analytical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 35660
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782201762
  • ISBN 10 : 1782201769

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What exactly happens between the patient and the analyst when therapy is effective? Profoundly unsatisfied by the orthodox but vague explanation that “the therapeutic factor is the relationship”, the author Giorgio Tricarico explores a hypothesis that is able to comprehend many different methods of both therapy and analysis. Starting from his own clinical experience, Tricarico runs into the image of the classical labyrinth (Daidalon) and a deeper analysis of what this symbol implies, revealing it as a symbol of "Possibility". The worldwide presence in different cultures and ages of the labyrinth as such a symbol may indeed point to the existence of an element beyond it, whose activation in the relationship between patient and analyst could be a fundamental factor for psychic change. Different methods of cure, seen through the lenses of the hypothesis expressed, may share a common factor of transformation. With the help of clinical cases, the concept of "impossibility" in analysis is also explored. Situations in which every change seems to be impossible compel us to widen our concept of possibility and to return to its original meaning, far away from the omnipotent one the Western world blindly keeps repeating.

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‘This is an optimistic book by an original new voice on the psychoanalytic scene. Giorgio Tricarico adds his voice to those of us who, like Jung, emphasise the prospective, teleological elements in the human psyche, our inherent longings for a full realisation of the potentials latent in the self, emergent around the constellating impact of important relationships in the interpersonal environment. By embracing the psyche’s potential for self-realisation and the life-quickening effect of relationship on the activation of our full possibilities as humans, Giorgio Tricarico places himself squarely in the tradition of some of my favourite writers and mentors, including Jung.’
— Donald E. Kalsched, from the Foreword

About the Author(s)

Giorgio Tricarico is a clinical psychologist and a Jungian analyst, and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He has worked with adult patients since 1998, and has given several lectures and seminars on relevant issues in Analytical Psychology. Since 2009, he has been living and working in Helsinki, Finland, as a psychologist, psychotherapist, and Jungian analyst. He is the author of The Labyrinth of Possibility: A Therapeutic Factor in Analytical Practice, and has written a number of essays and short stories. He is also a singer, a guitarist, and a songwriter.

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