Care of the Soul
Care of the Soul
December 3, 2019
December 8, 2019

Understanding the Psychology of Joy

by Robert A Johnson

I n his long life, Robert A Johnson wrote many books on difficult subjects in a warm and accessible language. (Robert passed away in 2018 at the age of 97.)

He thus became one of the most widely-read Jungian authors.

W hen I was researching for my Master’s in psychotherapy, I came across this publication, “Ecstasy: understanding the psychology of joy.” My Master’s topic was “Mysticism: Psychosis and Gnosis” and Robert brought depth to my thinking.

He brings to light the powerful and life-changing ecstatic element that lies dormant - but long-repressed - in all of us. If something is repressed, it emerges in unexpected and unintended ways.

R obert explains that it is ecstasy we seek through drinking alcohol, for instance, or even in a thrilling football game. Or in sex. But the ultimate ecstatic experience is a spiritual experience or feeling at one with all creation.

Add this to your library of classic Jungian writers. It will provide inspiring and comforting bedtime reading.