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 explores a hypothesis that is able to comprehend many different methods of both therapy and analysis. Starting from his own clinical experience, the author 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.
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.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR FOREWORD - Donald E. KalschedPREFACE TO THE ITALIAN EDITION PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITION PART I: MAIN THEME CHAPTER ONE Tuning - questions CHAPTER TWO First tunes - the labyrinth between archaeology, etymology, and symbology CHAPTER THREE Main theme - PossibilityPART II: CHORUS CHAPTER FOUR Main verses - Possibility, right to existence, and ego complex CHAPTER FIVE Chorus - possible comparisons PART III: MIDDLE-EIGHT CHAPTER SIX Theory and ethicsPART IV: DEVELOPMENT AND CLOSING CHORDS CHAPTER SEVEN Developing the theme - Possibility, Impossibility, and individuation CHAPTER EIGHT Closing chords - Possibility and Limit CONCLUSION Suspended cadence NOTES REFERENCES INDEX