Books by AJA Members

Men, Women and Relationships Gender Electrics and Magic Beans

by: Phil Goss  (2010)

This book offers Jungian perspectives on social constructions of gender difference and explores how these feed into adult ways of relating within male-female relationships. Phil Goss places this discussion within an archetypal context drawing on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk to consider the deep tension in western culture between the transcendent masculine and the immanent feminine.

Offering both developmental and socio-cultural frameworks, areas of discussion include:

* the use of story and myth to understand gender

* Jungian and post-Jungian approaches: updating anima/animus

* working clinically with men, and with women

* the developmental pathways of gender difference

* power relations between men and women in the home

Men, Women and Relationships, a Post-Jungian Approach will be a valuable resource for all those with an interest in analytical psychology including psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and counsellors, as well as those in the broader fields of social work and education and with an interest in gender difference and identity.


Introduction. Jack and the Beanstalk: Magic Beans and Angry Mothers. Gender Illusion, Gendered Reality. Gender Electrics: Eros, Thanatos and the Currents of the Past. Thanima. Thanimus. Climbing the Beanstalk: Personal and Collective Adolescence. Walking on Clouds: Male and Female Territories. Bringing the Giants Down from the Sky: Men, Women, Relationships and the Problem of Home.


Phil Goss is a Jungian Analyst and member of the Association of Jungian Analysts and the I.A.A.P. He is also  Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at University of Warwick.

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