'This is a complex book. It offers clarification and a sense of reassurance, but does not intend to provide answers, and is not for those seeking concrete direction. This will be a powerful read for many in a place of loss, chaos or existential angst' - Alison Cooper, Psychothearpy and Counselling
Drawing on sources as diverse as medical and psychological theory, anthropology, religious and spiritual tradition, art and poetry, experienced psychotherapist Elizabeth Wilde McCormick explores the different elements of the edge - the images, dangers, safe places, and offers a unique handbook which charts that often lonely and alien territory.
Elizabeth Wilde McCormick has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over thirty years in both private and NHS settings. She is also a teacher, trainer and writer. Her background is in social psychiatry, humanistic and transpersonal psychology and cognitive analytic therapy. She has had an interest for many years in the interface between psychotherapy and mindfulness and in the process of change. She is a founder member of The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy and the author of a number of books including Living On The Edge, Surviving Breakdown, The Pale Green Room and Your Heart and You.
PART ONE - MAPPING THE EDGE General Images and Definitions of the Edge Naming Our Individual Edges Maps of Being Paths of Initiation PART TWO - ASPECTS OF THE EDGE Preparing to Explore the Edge Chaos Exhaustion When the Well Runs Dry Loss and Fear of Loss Grey Melancholy and Black Depression Anger and Rage Vulnerability Aloneness and Alienation Meeting the Trickster Waiting PART THREE - DANGERS OF THE EDGE False Gods PART FOUR - STEPPING STONES AND SAFE PLACES FOR THE EDGE Stepping Stones and Safe Places