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Ecstasy: Understanding the Psychology of Joy

Johnson, Robert A.

 This slim volume by a Jungian analyst attempts to introduce the reader to his or her natural proclivity to experience ecstasy rather than answering the need for it by addictive means. He views addiction as "the negative side of spiritual seeking." In Part I, "Ecstasy: Understanding the Psychology of Joy," he describes the Greek myth of Dionysus, who was the god of wine and ecstasy, and he sets forth a spiritual approach to ecstasy. In Part II, "Touching Ecstasy," he describes three methods of courting the ecstatic experience in chapters entitled "Active Imagination: Meeting the Archetype," "Dreamwork: Working With the Archetype," and "Ritual and Ceremony: Bringing Joy Home." The goal is the experience of joy, which is not addictive, "because it is enough" (epilogue).
Publisher Information:San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987. 100p. Chap notes
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