By Jenny Pearson
My wish is this booklet may help to open up a brand new readership for [Charles Rycroft]--not a following, that is the very last thing he would need, yet an open-minded readership of people that wish encouragement to move on considering their very own means throughout the deeply freeing event of psychotherapy. there are many humans round who're keen to inform us what psychotherapy is, what occurs or may still occur among therapist and sufferer, what occurs among moms and infants etc. There will not be such a lot of who motivate therapists to be in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, with none irritable achieving after truth and reason", within the phrases Charles loved to cite from the poet John Keats. this can be the artistic place, the single within which it truly is attainable to head on asking the query "What is psychotherapy?" with no inevitably discovering a solution to it." -- From the IntroductionCharles Rycroft’s lucid jargon-free method of psychoanalysis encouraged a complete new release. Taking proposal from many fields open air psychoanalysis, together with background, literature, linguistics and ethology, he confirmed the $64000 hyperlink among psychological wellbeing and fitness and the mind's eye, making a broader viewpoint and inspiring loose pondering. This solitary and artistic “rebel” infrequently obtained the popularity he deserved, yet this number of articles and papers by way of those that felt the advantage of his ever-curious, increasing wealth of data, is going a way to acknowledging the debt owed to him, and introducing a brand new iteration to this cutting edge analyst.Contributors comprise Margaret Arden, Harold Bourne, Susan Budd, Vincent Brome, Robin Higgins, Jeremy Holmes, Edgar Jones, R.D.Laing, John Padel, Jenny Pearson, Paul Roazen, Anthony Storr, John H.Turner, Maryon Tysoe and Dudley younger.
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84, my italics). This notion of historical determinism, with its flavour of the Marxism he imbibed at Cambridge in the 1930s, is balanced by a second major influence: the existential tradition, which can be summarized in the early Marxist idea that man makes himself, on the basis of prior conditions. I am not sure how intellectually enamoured Rycroft was with the sometimes obscure and rambling writings of “continental” philosophy, but he refers frequently to existentialism, and Rollo May, and, of course, his analysand Laing, get major entries in the Critical Dictionary.
Always an evolutionist, Rycroft would also have been interested in the applications of neo-Darwinism to psychotherapy (Holmes, 2001). 36 JEREMY HOLMES A final point concerns Rycroft’s attitude towards “support” in psychotherapy. g. Caper, 1998), including Freud, have tried to define the difference between psychoanalysis and other psychotherapies in terms of its neutrality and militant avoidance of persuasion or support. Caper argues that patients are continuously trying to manoeuvre therapists into superegoish condemnation or praise, and that therapists unconsciously collude with this and have continuously, via scrutiny of their countertransference, to bring themselves back to neutrality.
As a result, Jungians became increas- 10 JENNY PEARSON ingly friendly towards his ideas, reviewing his books in their journals and occasionally inviting him to give talks and debate with them. Some Jungians have expressed irritation at his slightly facetious claim in the introduction to the Critical Dictionary that he suffered from “the not uncommon constitutional defect of being incapable of understanding Jung’s writings”. Again, this is his sense of humour at work, slightly disguising the fact that Charles was simply not drawn to Jung—partly, I suspect, because he preferred to work his own way through the territory of imagination and partly because of Jung’s habit of working from basic assumptions, which Charles was “constitutionally” unable to share.
Analyst of the Imagination: The Life and Work of Charles Rycroft by Jenny Pearson