'Ego EssendiIncantator Sum' - Becoming a Lingwiz'd of IS

Patrick Jemmer

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This article sites psychotherapy as a 'dialogue' between polarised opposites: the necessary impossibility of communication between the conscious and unconscious; the exclusion and allure of a strange language; the scientific and the artistic; knowledge and experience; knowing and wondering; assuredness and inarticulacy. It then extends these ideas and makes a link between psychotherapeutic practice (and particularly hypnotherapy) and the 'eternal golden braid' of 'mascirelgic' (religion-magic-science). The conjecture is that the 'imaginative aspects of reason' underlie the creative processes involved in making positive and lasting psychotherapeutic change. The modern bedrock of these ideas is to be found in the philosophy of Wittgenstein whose later work might be paraphrased as saying that therapeutic understanding cannot be conveyed 'scientifically' in direct, literal language, but in a manner more similar to poetry. This praxis and understanding allows us to enhance both intrapersonal communication 'within the self' and interpersonal communication between people. By then utilizing Psycho-chaotic Semiotic, and Neuro-linguistic tools we can change core beliefs and values from those indoctrinated by the prevailing cultural ideologies, and can learn to fill the resulting 'vacuum of choice' with empowering personal logo-myths.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-41
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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