When the Body Speaks
The Archetypes in the Body
By Mara Sidoli
Edited by Phyllis Blakemore
Routledge – 2000 – 140 pages
When the Body Speaks applies Jungian concepts and and theories to infant development to demonstrate how archetypal imagery formed in early life can permanently affect a person's psychology.
Drawing from Mara Sidoli's rich clinical observations, the book shows how psychosomatic disturbances originate in the early stages of life through unregulated affects. It links Jung's concepts of the self and the archetypes to the concepts of the primary self as conceptualized by Fordham, as well as incorporating the work of other psychoanalysts such as Bion and Klein. Lucidly written, When the Body Speaks is an important book for professionals and students in the fields of child and adult psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
'…this is a book which shows how good Jungian psychotherapy of infantile fixations can be - which for many readers will be a discovery and a most pleasant suprise.' - John Beebe
Introduction. Synopsis. Archetypes and Birth. The Little Puppet. The Jungian Infant. Naming the Nameless. Defence of the Self. The Shadow. The Psychosoma and the Archetypal Field. When the Meaning Gets Lost in the Body. Conclusion.
Mara Sidoli trained as a child and adult analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology in London. In 1988 she was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico. She has supervised and taught infant observation in London, Italy and the USA.