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Music and Psyche
Contemporary Psychoanalytic Explorations

by Paul W. Ashton & Stephen Bloch, Editors

ISBN: 978-1-935528-04-3
325 pp.

The diverse contributors to this volume—from Jungian and other analysts, to performing artists, to music therapists—all share a thoughtful and loving involvement with music, from Beethoven and Schumann, to twentieth century compositions, to blues and contemporary song (samples are provided on the accompanying CD).

Interviews with senior analysts Michael Eigen and Mario Jacoby complement the papers, providing a lively sense of analytic minds in engagement and reflection.
Praise for Music & Psyche
A wonderfully creative exploration of the interface between music and psyche as mediated through analytic understanding. The book covers a wealth of topics, from individual transformation, to new findings from neuroscience, to the healing powers of music’s spiritual dimensions, marvelously enhanced by a CD and a complete discography of musical references. This book opens new vistas for Jungians and non-Jungians alike interested in the nature of music’s impact and resonance in the psyche, and with psyche’s self-expression through music.
This beautiful and important book (and CD) restores sound to its essential place within the symbolic language psyche uses to express, communicate, and heal. The wide-ranging, wisely chosen contributions play off one another, reverberating to enrich the reader-listener’s understanding while inviting us to refocus on listening and being heard as essential dynamics in all relationships. We gain an auditory kaleidoscope of themes that resonate in the non-verbal, emotionally vital depths between infant and mother, client and analyst, composer and audience, individual and society. For psychotherapists in particular, the emphasis on the language of auditory data rebalances the usual focus on visual symbolism to enrich our understanding of attachment dynamics and mystical states in which emergent consciousness is directly linked into the unconscious. This is a volume I will cherish and share.
Preface Paul Ashton and Stephen Bloch
Introduction Paul Ashton
1. The Third in Mahler's Ninth Melinda Haas
2. The Voice of the Anima in Popular Singing John Beebe
3. The Innate Transformational Properties of Beethoven’s Passion Music Helen Anderson
4. An E-Mail Interview with Mario Jacoby Paul Ashton
5. The Matrix of Music and Analysis Patricia Skar
6. Creative Torment or Tormented Creativity: Robert Schumann and Nineteenth-Century German Romanticism Laurel Morris
7. "I wrote what I heard": Late Thoughts on The Rite of Spring Kevin O’Connell
8. Music, Mind, and Psyche Paul Ashton
9. In You More Than You: The Lacanian Real, Music, and Bearing Witness Lawrence A. Wetzler
10. An E-Mail Interview with Michael Eigen Stephen Bloch
11. The Music of Unthinkable Anxiety and Nameless Dread Lawrence A. Wetzler
12. "Night Is a Sound": The Music of the Black Sun Stephen Bloch
13. Can Music Save the World? Melinda Haas
14. Bonfire of the Vanities: Music, Playback Theatre, Xenophobia and Trauma in a South African Township Chris Wildman
15. Abandonment, Wish, and Hope in the Blues William Willeford
16. Mercy: The Unbearable in Eigen’s Writings and John Tavener’s Prayer of the Heart Stephen Bloch
17. Song and the Psyche: Whispers of the Mind Nóirín Ní Riain
About the Contributors:

Helen Anderson is a music therapist in private practice who has lectured widely. Her most recent publications are "A Concerto of the Heart," which appeared in Paul Ashton, ed., Evocations of Absence; and "Music, Image and Psychic Transformation," Mantis 20, no. 1 (1999). Under the name Helen Henderson, she has published "Sound and Symbols in Childhood Pathologies," in Proceedings of the World Congress on Infant Mental Health (University of Cape Town Press, 1995), among other papers.

Paul Ashton is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in private practice in Cape Town, where he lives with his wife and youngest daughter. He is the author of a monograph From the Brink: Experiences of the Void from a Depth Psychology Perspective (Karnac, 2007), and editor of and contributor to Evocations of Absence: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Void States (Spring Journal Books, 2007). He has published various reviews and articles and lectured about music, art, literature, and the Void. He is a member of the South African Association of Jungian Analysts and is the editor of Mantis, the journal of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts.

John Beebe, a widely published Jungian analyst, editor, and lecturer in practice in San Francisco, has had a lifelong interest in the arts, particularly American popular entertainment. Some of this is expressed in his 1981 article "The Trickster in the Arts" and his 2008 book (co-authored with Virginia Apperson), The Presence of the Feminine in Film. He dates his fascination with popular and jazz singing to age six, when Tony Martin's cover of "Flamingo" was his favorite record.

Stephen Bloch is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in private practice in Cape Town, South Africa. He has published the chapter "Music as Dreaming" in Evocations of Absence (Spring Journal Books, 2007) and seminars on other aspects of music and psychoanalysis as well as on ethics. He is a founding member of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) and has served on SAAJA’s Executive Committee as well as on its Assessment and Review, Ethics, and Library Committees.

Michael Eigen is the author of eighteen books, including Flames from the Unconscious: Trauma, Madness and Faith; Feeling Matters; The Psychoanalytic Mystic; and The Sensitive Self. He has led a seminar on Bion, Winnicott, and Lacan for over thirty years. He is on the faculties of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Melinda Haas, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City and Woodstock, Vermont. She is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of New York. Melinda studied at the Dalcroze School of Music as a young child. After gaining a BA in Comparative Literature, Melinda began teaching the Dalcroze method, accompanying modern dance classes, teaching piano and improvisation, and composing for dance. Most recently she has been engaged in exploring the intersection of these two areas of study. She is president of the board of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism.

Mario Jacoby, Ph.D., is a lecturer and a supervising and training analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology (ISAP) in Zürich, Switzerland. For many years (until 1997) he was a member of the Curatorium (Board of Directors) at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He is also a guest lecturer at the Alfred Adler Institute and at the Burghölzi, the psychiatric clinic of the University of Zurich. He has been invited on lecture tours and training courses in major cities all over the world. He has a private analytical practice in Zurich. His first interest was in music, and at a young age he studied under Georges Enesco at the Ecole Normale in Paris and under Max Rostal at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He became a professional violinist, touring with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra to the United States and Canada.

Mario Jacoby has published several books on analytical psychology, including The Analytic Encounter (1984), Individuation and Narcissism (1990), Shame and the Origins of Self-Esteem (1994), and Jungian Psychotherapy and Contemporary Infant Research (1999). He has also published more than fifty articles on analytical psychology in various psychological journals.

Laurel Morris is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. She was trained at the C. G. Jung Institute of New York. She has been involved in Jungian training as both teacher and supervisor at the C. G. Jung Institute of New York and, currently, at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association. She has taught and presented on many topics, particularly studies related to Jung's work on alchemy and the imagination as related to analytic methodology. She is also engaged in ongoing study of music and art as related to psyche. She has served on the boards of the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, and she participated in the founding of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association.

Nóirín Ní Riain, Ph.D., is an internationally acclaimed singer of spiritual songs from many traditions who has given concerts and workshops worldwide. A theologian and musicologist, she was awarded the first doctorate in theology from Mary Immaculate College, the University of Limerick. Her thesis subject was "Towards a Theology of Listening," for which she coined a new word—"Theosony"—from the Greek Theos (God) and Latin sonans (sounding). She has recently published an auto/auro biography that tells the story behind Theosony: Listen with the Ear of the Heart (Veritas, 2009). It was selected as one of the Great Irish Books of the Year by Publishing Ireland in 2009. Her theological observations are to be published in 2010.

Kevin O'Connell studied music at Trinity College Dublin and holds his Ph.D. in Composition from Dublin City University. He completed his first chamber orchestral commission for BBC Radio 3 at the age of 25. He has since been commissioned by many leading arts organizations, including the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, the Lotus Quartet of Stuttgart, and the Opera Theatre Company and by cellist Raphael Wallfisch. In 2008 he toured China with pianist Archie Chen, who played his piano work Céimeanna. He holds an Arts Council major bursary to work on his first symphony. He is head of composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and a member of Aosdána, Ireland's academy of creative artists.

Patricia Skar, BMus, MFA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Beatenberg and Thun, Switzerland, and a senior analyst in the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (London). Having performed piano and violin from an early age, she began writing on music and analysis in her diploma thesis for the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich, “Music and Analysis: Contrapuntal Reflections” (1992). Since then, she has practiced analysis in Ireland and England and lectured widely in a variety of clinical and academic settings, including Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University. Her published articles focus on the relationship between music and analytic processes and the connections between Jungian psychology and the new sciences.

Lawrence Wetzler is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in full-time private practice in Manhattan and Long Island. He is on the faculties of the Adelphi Postgraduate Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the Institute for Expressive Analysis, and the Object Relations Institute. An aspiring concert pianist, he gives yearly piano recitals in the area and writes on the relationship between music and psychoanalysis.

Chris Wildman is a music therapist who works with a variety of Cape Town populations. These include child burn survivors, children and adults affected by HIV and AIDS, and patients suffering from TB. He graduated from King's College London in 1970 and moved to Cape Town in 1974, where, after working for a decade in education and development, he completed a postgraduate music therapy diploma at the SA College of Music. He is both musician and musical director of the Bonfire Theatre Company.

William Willeford is a Jungian analyst practicing in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of Feeling, Imagination, and the Self: Transformations of the Mother-Infant Relationship (1987) and The Fool and His Scepter (1989).