About the Book

About the Book

Living in the Borderland

The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma

In three sections, this book charts the evolution of Western consciousness, examines the psychological and clinical implications and looks at how Borderland consciousness bridges the mind-body divide. It challenges the standard clinical model, which too often views normality as an absence of pathology and equates normality with the rational, and abnormality with the transrational. Jerome Bernstein describes how psychotherapy itself can contribute to the alienation of many Borderland personalities by misdiagnosing the difference between the pathological and the sacred and uses case studies to illustrate the potential such misdiagnoses have for causing serious psychic and emotional damage to the patient. This challenge to the orthodoxies and complaisance of Western Medicine's concept of pathology will interest "Borderlanders" (whether they know they are or not), Jungian Analysts, Psychoanalysts, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Environmental Physicians, and early childhood educators. Ecopsychologists, those in the media, the environmental movement, and policy makers in the public and private sectors will find the book of unique interest. Buy the Book