Integrity in Depth
5.5 x 8.5, 192 pp.
Pub Date: 08/09/2005
Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology
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Integrity in Depth

By John Beebe
Foreword by David H. Rosen

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A measure of our need for integrity, John Beebe writes, is that "we rarely allow ourselves an examination of the concept itself. To do so would betray an unspoken philosophic, poetic, and psychological rule of our culture: not to disturb the mystery of what we desire most."

In this sensitive, broadly ranging, and surprisingly detailed work, Beebe reveals much about the nature of integrity while honoring its central mystery. In the process he clarifies not only the importance, but the psychological meaning of this quality. He presents a way of working in psychotherapeutic relationships not only with integrity, but on integrity.

Starting with a careful examination of integritas, a word that appears to have been introduced by Cicero, Beebe traces the evolution of the concept from a moral and theological notion to a psychological one. He explores the Eastern understanding of integrity, as well, basing his discussion on pre-Confucian manuscripts of the Tao Te Ching.

Viewing anxiety and shame as functions of integrity, he shows the contributions depth psychology can make to integrity's development. He summons the Puritan Forefather as a repressed archetype of integrity, then looks at the ways sex difference and our resulting notions of gender have colored our culture's experience and expression of integrity. He goes beyond C. G. Jung's concept of the anima/feminine principle to present a masculine as well as feminine access to integration and wholeness for men and women. Pointing to the all-important role of the psychological shadow in defining the limits of any moral standpoint, he helps us to locate integrity as the part of a person that is consistent in accepting the ever-shifting wholeness of the total personality.

Drawing on his own years of experience as a psychotherapist, Beebe shows how the holding environment of psychotherapy can use delight and rage, dreams and transference to reveal and foster individual integrity. A fairy tale of healing from the Grimm Brothers draws together the strands of his argument in a powerful call for integrity to be not only the goal but the means of therapy. Integrity in Depth is a ground-breaking work that moves the reader to think in a new way about the psychological basis of moral wholeness.

John Beebe is a psychiatrist and practicing Jungian analyst in San Francisco. In addition to his private practice, he is a clinical assistant professor at the University of California Medical School. He serves as U.S. editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, is the founding editor of the San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, and has produced three earlier books as editor and co-author.

What Readers Are Saying:

“An eloquent book with wide-ranging scholarship. . . . Beebe describes a cultural return that offers some hope that integrity is so deep-seated a human faculty that we cannot do without it.”--Robert A. Johnson, author of Transformation

“John Beebe has fired this beautifully balanced dart of a book right to the heart of one of the most important intersections in contemporary cultural discourse: that place where moral philosophy and depth psychology meet. In its blend of generous scholarship, muscular poeticism and clinical sensibility, the writing invites comparison with Jung himself.”--Andrew Samuels, author of The Plural Psyche

“An original and penetrating study of a quality to which we all aspire in our work and in our lives. . . . An invaluable book.”--Anthony Stevens, author of Archetypes

“John Beebe compasses, integrally and elegantly, the phenomenon of 'integrity', illuminates it from various angles, and shows that it is the central value to which 'individuation' needs to be related.”--Verena Kast, author of Joy, Inspiration, and Hope

“A virtuoso performance by Dr. Beebe. No one else writing today interprets with such clarity the unseen interplay between the psyche and the cultural landscape. . . . Tells us about integrity in ways that allow us to find more of it in ourselves.”--Peter Rutter, author of Sex in the Forbidden Zone

“The most important and sustained reflection on morality and ethics in the literature of analytical psychology since Erich Neumann's Depth Psychology and a New Ethic. . . . an exciting and provocative work on an exceedingly important subject.”--Murray Stein, author of Jung's Treatment of Christianity

Integrity in Depth is an inspiring book which draws on an impressively wide variety of sources, from Cicero to Benjamin Frankly, from Paradise Lost to the Tao Te Ching. The author, John Beebe, displays the scholar's careful attention to detail without the slightest taint of pedantry. Speaking as a sinologist, I find his use of Chinese materials to be particularly creative and thoughtful. As a fervent amateur etymologist, I take delight in the exactitude with which he approaches words. Above all, this is a sensitive work with great potential for healing troubled souls. I have already begun to draw up a list of friends and acquaintances to whom I shall recommend it eagerly.”--Victor H. Mair, University of Pennsylvania

“Laurie Anderson has suggested that ethics is the aesthetics of the future. Integrity in Depth, thus, presents a foundation of concepts and insights not only analysts will find valuable, but artists of every tradition. John Beebe writes with ‘a willing receptivity to the whole.”--Joel Weishaus

“I have just finished reading Integrity in Depth. It is a pioneering contribution that deserves the attention not only of your professional colleagues but also of the general reader. I am most impressed by your commitment, your erudition, and the expansive and wholly appropriate way in which you integrate literature, philosophy, psychology, and personal experience. Like Rollo May and Scott Peck, you have made an important step in the reintegration of medicine and value.”--Robert Grudin, University of Oregon

" . . . a remarkable book, possibly the best in Jungian literature to convey the felt experience of the Self rather than simply ideas or theories about it."--Journal of Analytical Psychology

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