The Path of Relationship: The Life and Work of Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone

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Author: Braden, Dianne

Number Of Pages: 301

Details: Product Description The Path of Relationship tells the story of the life and work of Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone, two California psychologists whose relationship inspired a body of work that supports relationship as teacher. Resting firmly on both Jungian and Cognitive traditions, the Stones’ stories span the decades in American history when there was no such thing as psychotherapy. Coming from opposite parts of the country and education, seemingly disparate ideologies and backgrounds combined and blossomed through what can be called a true love story. Their work, Voice Dialogue and the Psychology of the Aware Ego Process, stands as a significant contribution to consciousness literature and practice. Hailing from the Midwest, Hal Stone was still a young man when he began his first Jungian analysis in Los Angeles, California. Almost ten years Sidra’s senior, he had already been in college and concerned with the military draft for World War II, when Sidra was still in high school. When the Korean War began, military service haunted his future. Sidra Stone grew up in Brooklyn, New York and followed her educational instincts into the field of psychology, which at the time, involved testing and cognitive/behavioral work without the benefit, or as yet, appearance of, what we would call therapy today. In what seemed like a karmic synchronicity, both Hal and Sidra ended up on the West Coast during the consciousness explosion of the 1960’s. What followed turned out to be life-changing … like the shifting of tectonic plates. Their relationship and eventual marriage served as the crucible and the container for discoveries about relationship as an agent of conscious growth. Their work, always directed by what they learned from being in relationship with each other, has spanned four decades and reached both national and international audiences. They are engaging and eccentric people, with a passion for creative ways to explore consciousness. They have left a body of work that holds the wisdom of decades of study and reflection, and it will be relevant as long as human beings seek relationship with each others. "As we look back over the arc of our lives – the lives we lived separately before we met and the life we’ve shared over the past forty-five years – we feel blessed. It’s been a long, complex, and eventful journey – not always an easy one – for each of us. Inextricably intertwined, our lives, and the challenges they presented, informed our work, and our work, in turn, enriched our lives. It has been a remarkably creative and deeply loving partnership. Dianne’s background as a Jungian analyst, a writer, and as a facilitator and teacher of our work gives her a unique understanding of our story. Her sensitivity and enthusiastic receptivity encouraged us to trust her with it. We’re glad we did!" Drs. Hal & Sidra Stone, originators of Voice Dialogue and the Aware Ego Process. "Although commonplace in therapeutic circles now, in the early 1970’s, when the Stones were developing their work, working with inner selves was not even being considered. The Stones have taken the Jungian concept of archetypal images and made them come alive, turning selves from concepts into healing realities. They have developed Voice Dialogue and the Psychology of Selves into a full-blown psychotherapeutic system. They have held the flag for dream work and perhaps more than that. Hal and Sidra have lived the work and played an important role in the counter culture of America. Combining European Jungian work and a Cognitive Behavioral approach, they translated what they discovered into a democratic, plain-language depth therapy, perfect for the 21st century. They have lived as artists. Bless them both and my friend Dianne for recording their journey for us." Martin Pollecoff, Chair, United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy Review "As we look back over the arc of our lives - the lives we lived separately before we met and the life we've shared over the past forty

Release Date: 18-07-2018

Package Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches

Languages: English