Ethics and Analysis
Philosophical Perspectives and Their Application in Therapy
Analytical Psychology
5.5 x 8.5, 152 pp.
Pub Date: 03/23/2007
Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology
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2008 Gradiva Award for Clinical Book, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of  Psychoanalysis

Ethics and Analysis

Philosophical Perspectives and Their Application in Therapy

By Luigi Zoja

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Most books on psychoanalytical ethics focus on rules, but author Luigi Zoja argues that ethics is really concerned with personal decisions—as is analysis itself. Rules are defined by others and center on punishment, but the purpose of analysis is to free the individual to make choices from his or her own “best” psychological and emotional center while still respecting society. Rules establish black and white; real ethics and psychological understanding both operate in the gray zone. Rules emerge from Enlightenment rationality; true ethics proceeds from choices and thus cannot be given in advance or be satisfied by respecting the rational part of the psyche only.

After considering the nature of ethics, Zoja turns to Immanuel Kant and Max Weber for a practical consideration of therapeutic relationships. He applies his ethical principles to the first psychoanalytical cases (Anna O. and Sabine Spielrein) described by Freud and Jung. In his thorough examination of these original examples, Zoja balances the traditional ethic of rules and law with the “new ethic” proposed by Erich Neumann. The result is an appreciation of the complex—at times even contradictory—yet healing nature of analysis.

LUIGI ZOJA, a Jungian analyst in private practice in Milan, Italy, has a degree from the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Former president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology and current chair of the IAAP’s International Ethics Committee, Zoja has written books and papers published in eleven languages.

What Readers Are Saying:

“....Zoja achieves beautifully what he set out to achieve at the errand of his muse of tragedy and Art. I highly recommend Zoja’s book to all interested readers. His book is not only a pleasure to read, but is beautifully edited, and beautiful to behold.”--The Journal of Analytical Psychology

“…This book makes an important contribution to the field of ethics in psychotherapy and should be read by any professional plying that trade. It also would appeal to anyone with a passing interest in psychology. I highly recommend it.”--Newsletter: The C.G. Jung Society of Montreal

" . . . an edgy, risk-taking, and exciting work. . . Zoja takes us on an extraordinary journey through the history and philosophy of ethics. . . a serious engagement with postmodern ethics, with ramifications far beyond the clinic."--Journal of Analytical Psychology


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