You DO Matter! | What I want and What I Don’t Like | Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst | Johannesburg

 

You DO matter!

IMG_1248“What I don’t like and what I want”: You do matter. If you find that you are often treated as if you don’t matter, meaning, people feel they are “allowed” to upset you, they feel they are “allowed” to ignore you, they feel they are “allowed” to be nasty towards you, they feel they are “allowed” to say what they like to you, without holding back, there’s a strange reason they do this to you. For example, if, while you were growing up, your views and interests were ignored, if you were bullied or a sibling regularly attacked you and no adult stopped this – no matter how these actions hurt or angered you – you could eventually come to believe that you don’t matter. Now, as an adult, when you interact with others, you will act such that the way you feel, the way you think, the way you speak and your overall posture will give others the message that “I don’t matter” and they will then treat you as someone who doesn’t matter! Have you had enough of this? What you DO know is, “I don’t like this!” Wanting others to treat you differently will not work on it’s own. So how do you change this? You change it by turning towards yourself and then you start TREATING YOURSELF as a person who does matter! For example, If you are suffering and in a negative state, you matter sufficiently to think kindly about yourself and to settle your body-in-distress – perhaps by breathing deeply. If someone is defining you negatively with words or, with behavior, you matter sufficiently to let them know how you see things, or how you feel, instead of silently carrying and maintaining their incorrect view. Doing this will change how you feel, how you think, how you speak, how you behave and will be seen in your facial expression and posture, all of these acting in concert to reflect to the world that “I matter.” This is “what you want” and this is what you will then start receiving from others.

Leslie Zimmermann

About Leslie

Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

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What I Want and What I Don’t Want | Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst | Johannesburg

What I Want And What I Don’t Want – The Mantra To Live By



“What I want:” Change yourself, by replacing a negative assumption that someone else is critically judging you, with the positive hope that they could instead, view you more kindly. This translates into “I want to consider that this person could rather view me in this more positive light.” After all, these two assumptions are both fantasies in your mind. Choose the more caring assumption instead of the one you don’t like!

Leslie Zimmermann

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Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

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The Purpose of Emotions | Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst | Johannesburg

“…the foundational purpose of emotions is their dedication to the maintenance of life by acting as the guardian of the whole organism’s biological state of physiological well-being by avoiding threat, a better quality of life and by extension, the well-being induced by socio-cultural pursuits” (Damasio, 2010).

Further to this, Damasio (2010 Self: 56) also writes, “Consciousness allows feelings to be known and thus promotes the impact of emotion internally, allows emotion to permeate the thought process through the agency of feeling. Eventually, consciousness allows any object to be known – the “object” emotion and any other object – and, in so doing, enhances the organism’s ability to respond adaptively, mindful to the needs of the organism in question”

IMG_1248Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

 

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The Story-telling Brain and Myth | Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst | Johannesburg

Think of a myth as a typical pattern of living and relating, with the processes that belong to that pattern. Think of the many myths in all countries and cultures as models for relating and living that have been passed down through the generations world-wide.

The stories about the mythical gods were orally passed down until they were eventually written down. The gods symbolized the psyche. Mythology explained the environment, natural phenomena, the origin of the gods and how to live life. For these reasons, we are hardly likely to be guided by one specific myth or even 10 myths as some courses claim when they write, “Discover your top ten myths.” Instead, every aspect of our lives is underpinned by the themes and stories, of patterns with their processes going back tens of thousands of years and still evolving as we live into the future – the patterns and processes we call myths.

Although mythological events belong to the ancient past, their themes are still tantalizingly present in modern life. With respect to this, Mircea Eliade (1969) noted, “Myths reveal the structure of reality, the multiple modalities of being in the world. That is why they are exemplary models for human behavior.[1] With respect to Roman and Greek mythology, Achilles’ Heel continues to stand for our weak spots.  The Elysium Fields continue to conjure up paradise and Gordian Knots, Pandora’s Box and the Midas touch are part of everyday language and mythological themes continue to underpin film, literature and art.

In his book, Self Comes to Mind, written in 2010, Antonio Damasio writes about one of the aims of  evolutionary’s objective as being the regulation of life. To further this, the organism’s drive to maintain homeostasis, or balance, “invented forms of consolation for those in suffering, rewards for those who helped the sufferers, injunctions for those who caused harm, norms of behavior aimed at preventing harm and promoting good, and a mixture of punishments and preventions, of penalties and praise” (Ibid: Page 497). The solution for making this “understandable, transmissible, persuasive, enforceable” was a “storytelling” brain, which he says, brains do (Ibid). As a result, Damasio tells us that it is not surprising that mythical beings spelled out human problems and that their behaviour offered assistance to suffering, enabling the future to be changed (Ibid).

About Leslie

IMG_1248Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

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What Happens In Analysis | Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst |

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What Happens in Analysis

Nowhere are we closer to the sublime secret of all origination than in the recognition of our own selves, whom we always think we know already. Yet we know the immensities of space better than we know our own depths, where – even though we do not understand it – we can listen directly to the throb of creation itself.

C.G. Jung

IMG_1248Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

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The Conscious Mind | Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst |

Anthony Damasio

Anthony Damasio

Consciousness

“In interplay with the thalamus and brain stem, the cortex keeps us awake and helps select what we attend to. In interplay with the brain stem and thalamus, the cortex constructs the maps that become mind. In interplay with the brain stem and thalamus, the cortex helps generate the core self. Last, using the records of past activity stored in its vast memory banks, the cerebral cortex constructs our biography, replete with the experience of the physical and social environments we have inhabited. The cortex provides us with an identity and places us at the center of the wondrous, forward-moving spectacle that is our conscious mind.”

Anthony Damasio, Self Comes To Mind

About Leslie

IMG_1248Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

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Managing Negative Emotions | Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst

Current methods for managing aversive emotions have some counterproductive steps and follow some necessary steps, but even these are not sufficient if the full, necessary sequential and complete array is not included. A specific pattern is necessary and a specific number of steps is necessary if the process of settling negative emotions is to result in calm, advantageous maturational choices and solutions in the present moment.

Self-regulation researchers maintain that despite the fact that multiple techniques and interventions attempt to alter or extend emotional states, this very fact of myriad strategies bears testament to the fact that they are generally not successful, with none of them on their own having the capacity to generate the emotional state wished for at the moment it is desired (Tice, 2009: 200).

Current approaches to managing emotions range from long-term psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapies to short-term behaviour and cognitive therapies, to mindfulness. With respect to managing negative emotions, these approaches include seeking underlying unconscious causes, to generating images, to integration, discharge and symbolization of affects, to top-down cognitive strategies, exposure therapy, and detachment from thoughts and emotions. These approaches are typically practiced at set times of the day or week, not in the present moment in which the emotion arises and are, in fact, generally unsuitable to practice in public. A number of current approaches include focus on the sensations of emotions but closer reading shows that the focus is quickly removed by distraction strategies or by detaching from them.

I offer a process that differs from current approaches in that it involves a process for managing aversive emotions, in the present moment, when they are actually being experienced and subsequently enables you to make advantageous choices and find solutions. It does not require the ubiquitous use of distraction or detachment. It is pleasant from start to finish and facilitates the capacity to generate the emotional state wished for at the moment it is desired.

This approach was derived from an intrapsychic interpretation of the myth of the infant Mercury stealing Apollo’s oxen. It embraces hungers tied to desires expressed as, “what I want or do not want” and “what I like or do not like” when we are faced with situations and dynamics that oppose these hungers. The myth was interpreted from within a hermeneutic approach using symbolic understanding, modern-day knowledge of the body and brain, neurology, neuropsychology, developmental psychology, and psychology in general, these combined approaches being the accepted method for interpretation of symbolic material. The interpreted process is at its base, a combination of steps, whereby its underlying components and dynamics, when viewed through the initial interpretation and subsequent further reading, are supported by knowledge available in modern theories, are allied to existing sound research and recognized psychological and neural constructs, and can be articulated using current, accepted terminology.

Using the analogy of diets versus an ongoing lifestyle choice of eating healthily, this process is seen as being able to contribute to the management of emotions as a part of ongoing everyday life.

To experience this process, contact Leslie Zimmermann at 083 384 9812 to make an appointment.

Definitions

Detachment: An attitude of objective ‘observation’ which carries the sense of removing or distancing oneself from thoughts, feelings and body sensations, turning them into objects and viewing them as mental events, instead of one being the subject of one’s experience (Kerr et al., 2013).

Distract: “To attract (the attention) away from its original focus; divert” (American Heritage Dictionary, 2011).

IMG_1248Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

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Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst | Master your Negative Emotions Easily as a Pleasant Experience

The power and agency to deliberately change one’s thoughts has had a profound effect on the lives of every-day human beings. We have learned that we can manage and control our thoughts and thus achieve well-being – excepting for thoughts we call ruminating or catastrophizing, which are linked to our negative feelings. But our aversive or over-excited feelings have notoriously maintained relentless control over us – especially strong, negative feelings, a common refrain being, “you can do something about your thoughts but you can’t control your feelings.” In the same way that we came to learn that we can directly and consciously change and affect the thoughts that appear in our minds, it is now also possible to directly and deliberately change and manage your own negative feelings and the rebel tribe of runaway thoughts that belong to them.

Feelings have, and continue to play an important role in human life from the perspective of adding meaning, the management of life, survival and thus the response to danger – whether real or perceived. With respect to survival, two dominant patterns and processes are presently available. The first pattern enables us to manage life from within a comfortable homeostatic range. Bodily and mental homeostasis, or balance, and a feeling of well-being are not only pleasant and sought-after experiences, but act in partnership as a function to inform us that the business of life-management is in hand. This enables us to get on with the business of life with respect to the demands of modern living. Antonio Damasio has noted that twenty first century life is founded on and spans thousands of years of human development, expanding the early primordial function of survival to also include sociocultural homeostasis and well-being thus, defining survival in a more complex, richer way.

The second, more dramatic pattern serves us when we are in real danger and life is threatened. It enables us to fight or flee the enemy or a dangerous situation. When real danger faces us, there is no need to manage feelings. Indeed, this is not the time to reflect and make considered decisions; it is time to act instantly, galvanizing us into fighting or fleeing. But, when there is no real danger this second pattern sabotages us.
The journey towards managing feelings has been paved with the bricks of many and varied approaches such as the thought approaches using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and the focus of attention in order to detach, such as in meditation, and a profusion of distracting strategies . Body activities such as breathing, exercise, yoga and progressive relaxation are also applied, as are the internal approaches such as the psychiatric paradigm of medication and the health approaches of herbal teas and remedies. Additionally, a few approaches advocate exposure or facing feelings and enduring their pain. Each one of these approaches has a value but none of them are entirely successful.

Specifically, what stands out with each one of these approaches, is that they do not focus direct attention on the painful feelings themselves, with the objective of managing them and changing them and being in control of this process – in the present moment, and importantly, as a pleasant experience.

To experience this process, contact Leslie Zimmermann at 083 384 9812 to make an appointment.

About Leslie

IMG_1248Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

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Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst | Learn to Control Your Negative Emotions

When you suffer negative emotions and their accompanying negative thoughts, or uncomfortable tension, it is usually very difficult, or virtually impossible to shift them in order to return to a state of balance and a feeling of well-being – even when you use strategies of distraction or detachment.  Both positive and negative emotions are key and act as important information markers regarding hungers tied to desires expressed as, “what I want or do not want” and “what I like or do not like.” But, for the suffering person, the exclusive focus tends toward the intense negative emotions, together with the accompanying ruminating, worrying, negative memories and negative future anticipations. (Bechara, 2004; Michl, L., et al 2013). Thus, instead of being able to act, so as to mindfully achieve metabolic self-regulation, the suffering person experiences helplessness. Unable to efficaciously fulfill their hungers and unable to settle the body-in-distress, they either find themselves in the therapy room or are doomed to endure both their hungers and the accompanying negative emotions, often with no recourse to beneficial solutions. Attending to the body in distress enables a return to efficient functioning of executive functions and has implications for decision-making and finding advantageous solutions, while additional attendance to hungers initiates and facilitates neural changes (Damasio, 1994; Bechara et al, 2004), which is essential if a shift towards less intense and less frequent negative emotions is to be successful over time.

Following on from this, Damasio (1994) notes, “Achieving survival coincides with the ultimate reduction of unpleasant body states and the attaining of homeostatic ones, i.e., functionally balanced biological states. The internal preference system is inherently biased to avoid pain, seek potential pleasure, and is probably pretuned for achieving these goals in social situations.”

To learn more, contact Leslie Zimmermann on 083 384 9812 for an appointment.

IMG_1248Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

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Leslie Zimmermann | Accredited Jungian Analyst | Freedom From Negative Emotions

“Consciousness is the rite of passage which allows an organism armed with the ability to regulate its metabolism, with innate reflexes, and with the form of learning known as conditioning, to become a minded organism, the kind of organism in which responses are shaped by a mental concern over the organism’s own life” (Damasio, 1999, P25).

Long ago, in the ancient mists of time, the mythical trickster god, Mercury, was born. His early escapades immediately after his birth have traveled down through the ages, recited by the poets of old, eventually finding their way into books of myth. At first sight, the story tells us about an infant inventing a lyre, satisfying his hunger by stealing oxen from the mighty god Apollo and resolution between them by Mercury gifting his lyre to Apollo and Apollo giving a caduceus to Mercury. But, on peering behind the ancient veil of story, symbolic meanings begin to unravel an eloquent system, which has survived by the telling of the tale. The system revealed, embraces the oldest needs of humans and all living creatures if they are to survive – satisfying hunger in the presence of lack, and for humans, the added complexity of satisfying physical, emotional and psychological hungers, leading to reconstitution and well-being.

 

Maintenance and restoration of the capacity to “live a good life” (Irvine, 2009) by experiencing well-being in ones organism and in socio-cultural experiences has been sought after since ancient times as a means to experience joy and meaning and to serve the biological value of survival (Bechara et al, 2004; Irvine, 2009; Damasio, 1994, 1999, 2010).

To learn more, contact Leslie Zimmermann on 083 384 9812 for an appointment.

About Leslie

Leslie Zimmermann is a Jungian Analyst trained in the philosophy and psychology of C.G. Jung in Zürich and is based in Johannesburg. She offers a range of services, which she integrates, to meet the needs and aspirations of people. In a word, her work is in the service of wholeness. Wholeness includes both our vulnerabilities and our strengths, becoming conscious of our own unique mix of these, honoring our own unique way of functioning and with this knowledge and confidence, contributing as only we each can in our own way, to this evolving world we find ourselves to be a part of.

Besides having a Diplomate qualification in Analytical psychology, which qualifies me to write about the theory and practice of dream interpretation, I also have an Honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Research psychology, which qualify me to write about theories of human development, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology, sociology and ethics. Also, theories and knowledge pertaining to sleep and dreams from a perspective of neuropsychological and biological systems.

Leslie specializes in Analytical Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Life Coaching solutions for business executives. Consulting and coaching for family owned and home-based business
For an appointment Leslie Zimmermann can be contacted on:
Email: leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)83 384 9812

Member: SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation); SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts); IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology); International Association for the Study of Dreams

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