Dionysus in Therapist and Analysand

In this paper I demonstrate how the archetype of Dionysus is constellated in the dreams of a male therapist and his female analysand. Amplifications on the nature of this archetype, by drawing on story, myth and cult practices, help in understanding the meaning of each of their dreams. I also attempt to relate the meaning of the dreams to everyday reality and life circumstances.

Although they are each of a different gender, in different stages of life and with different conscious attitudes and values, their psychodynamics are, in either case, being influenced by this archetype, although different aspects of it. Essentially, however, in both circumstances, it involves having a high regard for feminine values.

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