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Nancy J. Dougherty, M.S.W. is senior training analyst in the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. She is coordinator of training in the Florida Association of Jungian Analysts Seminar and is in private practice in Naples, Florida.

Jacqueline J. West, PhD. is President and Training Director of the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, a senior training analyst in the InterRegional Society of Jungian Analysts and Jung Institute in Santa Fe. She is in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A New Jungian Book on Character...

“...an original and deeply significant book that brings together the best insights of contemporary analysis and is a virtual map of the soul. . . this is a book on character that has character, and one destined to become a classic in the field."
— Stanton Marlan, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

"This book manages to weave together threads of the archetypal and the clinical into a sophisticated and poetic exploration of spirit and soul. ...[It] is a must read for therapists drawn to the clinical acumen of Nancy Mc William’s Psychoanalytic Diagnosis."
— Thomas Kelly, M.S.W., Jungian Analyst

Searching for the Wellsprings of Spirit...

Ocean splash"Within one’s character structure is the essence of what is needed for transformation and individuation. …It is through our woundedness, with its archetypal background, that we can access our deepest healing and creative energies and awaken the process of individuation". The Matrix and Meaning of Character, P3

Character structures underlie everyone’s personality. When rigidly defended, they limit us; yet as they become more flexible, they can reveal sources of animation, renewal and authenticity. The Matrix and Meaning of Character guides the reader into an awareness of the archetypal depths that underlie character structures, presenting an original developmental model in which current analytic theories are synthesized. The authors examine nine character structures, animating them with fairy tales, mythic images and case material, creating a bridge between the traditional language of psychopathology and the universal realm of image and symbol.

This book will appeal to all analytical psychologists, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who want to strengthen their clinical expertise. It will help clinicians to extend their clinical insights beyond a strictly behavioral, medical or cognitive approach, revealing the potential of the human spirit.