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Practice of Psychotherapy is Volume 16 in The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, a series of books published by Princeton University Press in the U.S. and Routledge & Kegan Paul in the U.K. It contains essays on aspects of analytical therapy, specifically the transference, abreaction, and dream analysis. There is also an additional essay, "The Realities of Practical Psychotherapy", which was found among Jung's posthumous papers.[1]

The book brings together Jung's essays on general questions of analytic therapy and dream analysis. It also contains his profoundly interesting parallel between the transference phenomena and alchemical processes. The transference is illustrated and interpreted with a set of symbolic pictures, and the bond between psychotherapist and patient is shown to be a function of the kinship libido. Far from being pathological in its effects, kinship libido has an essential role to play in the work of individuation and in establishing an organic society based on the psychic connection of its members with one another and with their own roots.[2]

Detailed abstracts of each chapter are available online.[3]

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  • Jung, C.G. (1966). Practice of Psychotherapy [sic], Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 16, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-09767-1
  • Jung, C.G. (1993). The Practice of Psychotherapy [sic], Second Edition, Collected Works of C. G. Jung, London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-10234-6
  1. ^ "Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 16: Practice of Psychotherapy". Princeton University Press. Retrieved 2014-01-20.
  2. ^ "Collected Works of C.G. Jung". (Click on this book's title to see the details). Routledge. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-20.
  3. ^ "Abstracts:Vol 16:The Practice of Psychotherapy". International Association for Analytic Psychology. Retrieved 2014-01-20.