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Susan W. (Suz) reviewed Change of Life a Psychological Study of Dreams and the Menopause: A Psychological Study of Dreams and the Menopause (Studies in Jungian Psychology By Jungian Analysts, 16) on + 711 more book reviews
From the back cover: "Change of Life. What is the menopause? Is it an important and crucial event? If so, to whom? To the individual women who experience it? To society? If it is a significant stage of life, why is it so neglected? Why do women themselves avoid talking about it? Is the menopause a time of loss or a time of liberation? Or perhaps both?
The purpose of this book is to offer some answers to these broader questions, while maintaining a psychological focus on one menopausal woman's experience and what she learned about herself by paying close attention to her dreams.
In dreams the unconscious comes vividly to life, revealing not only the symbolic representations of our fear, grief, anger, elation, etc., but also hidden sources of healing and renewal that can lead toward a fuller self-realization, a real change of life. This is particularly true at times of transition from one stage of life to another, which is what the menopause represents.
This book was written in the belief that if a woman can assimilate the shadows of the past and accept the realities of aging, the menopause can be a creative experience, indeed a time of rebirth. Like any rite of passage, it may be difficult and demanding but it can also be a time of psychological integration and growth, increased strength and specifically FEMININE wisdom."