Dance/movement as active imagination was originated by Jung in 1916. Developed in the 1960s by dance therapy pioneer Mary Whitehouse, it is today both an approach to dance therapy as well as a form of active imagination in analysis. In her delightful book Joan Chodorow provides an introduction to the origins, theory and practice of dance/movement as active imagination.
Beginning with her own story the author shows how dance/ movement is of value to psychotherapy. An historical overview of Jung's basic concepts is given as well as the most recent depth psychological synthesis of affect theory based on the work of Sylvan Tomkins, Louis Stewart, and others. Finally in discussing the use of dance/movement as active imagination in practice, the movement themes that emerge and the non-verbal expressive aspects of the therapaeutic relationship are described.

chapter |7 pages


part One|30 pages

Personal Origins

chapter Chapter One|5 pages

Dance to Dance Therapy

chapter Chapter Two|8 pages

Trudi Schoop

chapter Chapter Three|6 pages

Mary Starks Whitehouse

chapter Chapter Four|9 pages

Dance Therapy to Analysis

part Two|69 pages

Depth Psychology and the Emotions

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part Two

chapter Chapter Five|5 pages

Jung on Body, Psyche, Emotion

chapter Chapter Six|6 pages

The Structure of the Unconscious

chapter Chapter Seven|7 pages

Basic Concepts

chapter Chapter Eight|9 pages

Darwin and Tomkins

chapter Chapter Nine|9 pages

Stewart's Affect and Archetype

chapter Chapter Ten|5 pages

The Primal Self

chapter Chapter Eleven|11 pages

The Realized Self

chapter Chapter Twelve|6 pages

Child Development

chapter Chapter Thirteen|6 pages

Active Imagination

part Three|44 pages

The Moving Imagination

chapter Chapter Fourteen|6 pages

The Nature of My Work

chapter Chapter Fifteen|7 pages

Movement Themes, Ego and Shadow

chapter Chapter Sixteen|6 pages

Movement From the Cultural Unconscious

chapter Chapter Seventeen|5 pages

Movement From the Primordial Unconscious

chapter Chapter Eighteen|9 pages

Movement From the Ego-Self Axis

chapter Chapter Nineteen|9 pages

Closing Thoughts