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Merchant, J. (2020). Healing Cultural Trauma and its Application to the Router Programme. J. Anal. Psychol., 65(4):719-739.

(2020). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 65(4):719-739

Healing Cultural Trauma and its Application to the Router Programme

John Merchant, Ph.D.

This paper explores the issue of cultural trauma, which is an area of concern in psychology generally and has emerged as one within the International Association for Analytical Psychology's Router training programme. A summary of responses to the issues of cultural trauma and complexes (alongside cultural differences) within analytical psychology are presented, followed by an overview of findings from the IAAP's evaluation of the Router training programme. These findings are then aligned with contemporary sociological research. The significant issues involved in healing cultural trauma seem to be ‘working through’, as well as the place of imagination, dreamwork, symbolism and metaphor. Research in Poland has specifically highlighted the importance of good governance, economic vitality, personal and social capital (as in education and social participation), a meaning system, certain external contingencies, channels of mobility and ritualism.

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