Beneath – Exploring the Unconscious in Individuals is a comprehensive introduction to the subject of depth psychology, using an integration of photography, illustration, poetry and prose. This school of psychology (developed by people like Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Melanie Klein) studies the part of the human psyche that is not immediately available to conscious thought, but nevertheless seems to have a profound impact on human behaviour. It attempts to understand the deepest roots of our engagement with the world.
In an accessible, but academically rigorous way, Beneath provides some very useful answers to WHY we do the things we do, and HOW we can change ourselves. It explains the logic of mental structuring and resultant behaviour in a way that assists individuals to gain a greater understanding of their psychological make-up, and be able to answer fundamental questions such as:
- How do my character traits develop?
- Why do I sometimes sabotage myself?
- How can I change behaviours that I do not like?
- How do I access my creativity?
- How can I achieve my full potential?
“With Beneath, Hélène Smit offers us a unique summary and interpretation of a vast field, and I think the inclusion of the Arctic and Antarctic visions help to explain and break the work so one is always coming at old or new concepts, depending on the reader, with a fresh mind and eye.”
– Arthur D. Colman, M.D, Jungian Analyst and Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
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