On Soul and Earth
The Psychic Value of Place
By Elena Liotta
Routledge – 2009 – 344 pages
On Soul and Earth offers an original perspective on the relationship between the environment and the human psyche. Physical spaces contribute to the building of identity through personal experience and memory. Places evoke emotions and carry their own special meanings.
Elena Liotta and her contributors also explore the neglected topics of migration and travel. The author has extensive clinical experience of working with patients from a wide variety of national and cultural backgrounds. Globalization is present in the clinical office as well as in the wider world and the transformations currently being wrought in the areas of cultural and national identity also impact on clinical work.
This book will be of interest to Jungian analysts as well as psychotherapists and mental health professionals, especially those who are addressing transcultural and multicultural issues including voluntary or enforced migration. It will also appeal to urban planners, architects and those interested in environmental issues.
Introduction: Beginning with One's Self. Soul, Earth and Migration in Contemporary Society. On Carl Gustav Jung's "Mind and Earth". The Place of Origins. Space, Genius Loci and Sacrality of Place. Maps and Geography: Reality and Fantasy. The Journey. Exile, Nostalgia, Return. The Foreign Patient. Bibliography. Angelini, "Animated" Places: Rooting and Impermanence. D'Andreamatteo, The Garden, Psychic Landscape. Buttarini, The Dark Places, or on the Evil of Innocence. Scarpelli, The Earth, The Song, The Symbol. Prameshuber, Exile: An Impossible Return? Mondo, Places of Healing. Tomasi, Body and Psyche: Compenetration of Opposites. Perez, "Every Rose is Telling of the Secrets of the Universal": Symbols and the Natural World. Peat, "Gentle Action" Environmental Sustainability in Soul and Earth.
Elena Liotta is a Jungian analyst with an international background. She has a private practice in Italy and works as a consultant for the public sector, teaching, supervising, and creating projects in the fields of education and social policy, including refugee and migrant services. She is a member of APA Div 34 Environmental and Population Psychology.