New paper by Kotaro Umemura (research fellow) published
The paper “Knowing the Unknown and Leaving Neurosis: Psychotherapy Using Dream Analysis for a Woman Who Wanted to Accept What She Could not Accept” ( ARCHIVES OF SANDPLAY THERAPY ) by Kotaro Umemura, Research Fellow has published in 2015.
The pathology of neurosis is regarded as a problem of “knowing.” Therefore, it is important for neurotic clients to know truly the unknown they are supposed to know in order to leave their stalled world. From this viewpoint, this paper examines the psychotherapy using dream analysis for a woman who wanted to accept what she could not accept. Not knowing what she should know enabled her to remain an innocent child in the psychological sense, but also prevented her from maturing and becoming independent. However, paradoxically, her neurotic structure was collapsed by the very neurotic act itself, and she was forced to contact the unknown and to undergo a transformation. With this change, she gradually let go her obsession to remaining innocent and spotless, and accepted the femininity that she had rejected. Finally, she terminated the therapy by resigning herself to a life with defects.