The pain of mourning and heartbreak is neurologically similar to being submitted to torture. There seems to be only one way to end that agony. Neuroscience calls it an “evolutionary jump” and Jungians call it the process of Individuation. The good news is, if you love, your heart should be broken at some point in your life. If not, your love may remain the innocent love of a child. Ginette Paris will demonstrate how neuroscience agrees with the basic tenants of depth psychology and will discuss how the process of Individuation begins with heartbreak.
Dr. Ginette Paris is a psychologist, therapist and author of many books including Wisdom of the Psyche: Depth Psychology after Neuroscience (Routledge 2007). She is core faculty at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, and Research Consultant in the Somatics Program. Her latest book is Heartbreak: New Approaches to Healing – Recovering from lost love and mourning (Mill City Press, 2011).
In other words, you can’t grow up without some heartbreak and pain in your life:
See also other posts on grief, mourning and despair:
- You can’t heal what you don’t feel – a favorite — the title has become a mantra of mine when I need to process dark emotions or even physical pain that comes from trauma
- Healing through the dark emotions
- Transforming Despair
- Grief to become just another form of depression? another disorder for the DSM5 (and alternative ways of thinking about that pain)
See here for tips on being with the dark emotions: The foundation of healing mental distress and of becoming a mature human adult
More of Ginette Paris’s work: