and Modern Man
Adriana Mazzarella is a physician, pediatrician and jungian psychotherapist, member of IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology), of ISST (International Society for Sandplay Therapy, founded by Dora Kalff) and a member founder and training analyst of AISPT (Associazione Italiana per la Sand Play Therapy). Her first contribution on the subject dates back to 1977 (Il processo di individuazione e la Divina Commedia).
Over the last eighteen years I have had the privilege of following the birth and growth of this book, written by Adriana Mazzarella not only with profound psychological insight and wide learning, drawing on a lifetime’s experience and her unstinting commitment to those who turn to her for friendship or professional help, but, above all, written from the
It seems to me that this work provides a fundamental contribution for the individual of today, who, to avoid being atomized by and in collective desperation, needs to rediscover faith in his or her own soul and feeling, for these alone distinguish men and give them dignity.
As the author says, the depths of Dante’s feeling restores courage to the “moral man” living in each of us. Dante belongs to the whole of mankind, but especially to Italian men and women. As C.G. Jung observes, each eternal symbolic verity needs to be translated again and again into the language and spirit of every epoch. A people that loses its history, because it no longer understands it, is destined to die.
Today a threat hangs over the whole of mankind and the responsible individual, the most precious fruit of creation and evolution. Jung himself, who provides the inspiration for Adriana Mazzarella’s book, established that faith is not enough for modern man, who also needs to
From this point of view, this book is of irreplaceable value, because it nourishes the reader and urges him to have greater faith in himself – through a critical response to his own thought and feeling – whenever he encounters the dangerous, destructive, and also saving forces of the Unconscious which conditions us. Such forces are either evil or beneficent depending on the attitude of each individual, who, nevertheless finds them before him at every step, even when they are denied with the rational mind, the intellect, or the obsessive desire to dominate and exploit nature at a physical or psychic
Adriana Mazzarella revives the full force of the message that Dante, through his life and work, passed on to modern man. This book encourages the modern reader to have a critical belief in personal feeling and in individual uniqueness so as to face the creative journey of a life lived in the quest for
“meaning” (from Foreword of Dieter Baumann).
In/Out - Vivarium, pp 606, f.to 14x21,
ill., Euro 25,83
ISBN 88-87131-34-1, I ed. giugno 2001