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Colman, W. (2020). Lord, Susan (ed.). Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis. London & New York: Routledge. 2018. Pp. 336. Hbk. £88. Pbk. £24.79.. J. Anal. Psychol., 65(1):238-241.

(2020). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 65(1):238-241

Lord, Susan (ed.). Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis. London & New York: Routledge. 2018. Pp. 336. Hbk. £88. Pbk. £24.79.

Review by:
Warren Colman

It might be thought that, as the author of a paper subtitled ‘How I became a relational analyst’ (Colman 2013), I would enjoy reading this book. In fact, many of the chapters left me wondering whether the ship to whose mast I had nailed my colours had turned out to be a rather leaky vessel, with a motley crew whose seamanship skills were either sorely lacking or very different to my own.

Fortunately, this does not apply to all the book's contributors. As a Jungian reviewer, it is a little embarrassing to acknowledge that I found the three Jungian contributions to be amongst the best of what the book had to offer. I don't think this is a matter of being partial to one's own camp. Rather I think it demonstrates the particular sympathy between Jungian thought and the phenomenology of moments of meeting so that, by drawing on concepts such as synchronicity and the numinous, the Jungian contributors are able to offer a more robust conceptual framework for demonstrating their significance.

In this respect, Joe Cambray's chapter is outstanding. Uniquely amongst all the contributors, Cambray offers a theoretical contribution that seeks to place the experience of moments of meeting in a broader context he calls ‘Moments of Complexity’. Cambray suggests that psychic events are embedded in the larger context of the psychoid, which manifests through events such as synchronicity.

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