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Aron, L. (2008). Jonah and Applied Psychoanalytic Dialogue: Introduction. Psychoanal. Dial., 18(3):300-306.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18(3):300-306

Jonah and Applied Psychoanalytic Dialogue: Introduction

Lewis Aron, Ph.D.

This introduction to a series of fascinating papers on the biblical book of Jonah provides a brief schematic outline of the narrative as well as an orientation to the place of the book in the Jewish liturgy. An explanation is given for why a secular psychoanalytic audience might well be interested in such an effort at applied psychoanalysis. This rationale has to do with the story's universal as well as particularistic significance. Jonah himself may be viewed as attempting to escape from dialogue, but this lively and engaged psychoanalytic dialogue examines and debates the meaning of his story.

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