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The Eternal Psychosomatic Dilemma: An Exploration of Anthroposophic Physiology and Psychology

April 2022
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  • Publisher
    Portal Books
  • Published
    26th April 2022
  • ISBN 9781938685361
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

From the richness of his experience and extensive medical training, Dr. James Dyson has forged an authentic, holistic understanding of the human being into a practical psychotherapeutic discipline.

In mid-career, with more than fifty years of deep engagement with the esoteric teachings of Rudolf Steiner, the spirit at work in medicinal substances, and the therapeutic art of eurythmy, Dr. Dyson undertook the study of psychosynthesis psychology, nonviolent communication, and organizational development.

This book sets out the resulting synthesis of these paths as a unique and powerful interdisciplinary approach to human health with practical tools for those engaged in healing, health care, counseling, and psychotherapy, as well as for anyone searching for insights to support their own healthy soul life.

“The breadth and depth of Dr. Dyson's knowledge and experience shine through in this collection, providing stimulus for therapists while also creating an initial bridge between the anthroposophic understanding of the human being and mainstream psychology.”
Simon Kuttner, PhD

“This publication is irreplaceable. Dr. Dyson’s insights will shift the earnest learner's view of who-we-are and who-we-can-become.”
Roberta Nelson, PhD

“Dr. Dyson's immense and truly unique capacity to synthesize such apparently different fields and to make them relevant for a holistic understanding of the clinical presentation is the reflection of his firmly rooted command of both the theory and the practice.”
—Dr. Pablo Jeczmien, MD, MRCPsych

“A highly recommended introduction to the work of a deep master of what it is to be truly human.”
Susan Overhauser, PhD

C O N T E N T S:

Introducing James Anthony Dyson, by David Tresemer, PhD

1. The Authentic Self
2. The Invisible Human Being: The Potential for Initiation and Pathology
3. Elements, Organs, Temperaments
4. From Physical Organ to the Cosmos, with Psyche Between
5. The Sacred Wound
6. Parsifal Seen Psychologically
7. Heinz Kohut and Self Psychology: A Characterization
8. Wide-ranging Conversation
9. Dyson on the Importance of His Relationship to the Camphill Movement
10. The Challenges of Adolescence in Challenging Times
11. Moral Intuition and the Value of Education
12. Tying Up Loose Ends

Appendix: Eurythmy—Introduction and Exercises
Cited Works

James A. Dyson

Dr. James A. Dyson, MRCS, LRCP, co-founded Park Attwood Clinic, an anthroposophic residential and out-patient medical facility, where he practiced as a physician from 1979 to 2003. He has also worked as medical advisor in many Steiner Waldorf Schools, Camphill Schools, and centers for social therapy. In addition to his medical diplomas, Dr. Dyson studied at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London between 2003 and 2008 and holds a Master's degree in Psychosynthesis Psychology from Middlesex University. He co-founded the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology in North America, where he teaches as a core faculty member.