Haunted – the Death Mother Archetype
Pre-order Today –
the Death Mother Archetype
The disturbing experience of psychological infanticide reflects the darkest aspect of the wounding of the Sacred Feminine – the Death Mother archetype that annihilates rather than nurtures life.
Through myth, story, classic literature, biography, poems, art and dreams, Dr. Sherwood weaves together symbolic aspects of psychological infanticide with psychoanalytic theory of traumatic attachment and the literal truth of a centuries-old history of infanticide.
She illuminates the Death Mother archetype in the dynamic between the unwilling (or unsupported) mother and the unwelcome child. Her personal and archetypal journey into, through, and beyond the underworld, offers hope and guidance for the restoration of the relationship between the Sacred Feminine and the Divine Child.
She draws on her professional experience as a psychotherapist and her lived experience of psychological infanticide as a result of closed stranger adoption to explore the intimate connection between life and death, revealing the life task of the infanticided psyche is to embrace death and discover the life that lies beyond the realm of the underworld.
-List of Figures
PART ONE: SETTING THE SCENE FOR A MURDER INQUIRY
-Chapter One: A Haunting
-Chapter Two: Researching Apparitions
-Chapter Three: Infanticidal Attachment
-Chapter Four: Nineteenth-Century Baby Farming: A Crucial Link with Adoption
PART TWO: SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN
-Chapter Five: Murderousness
-Chapter Six: Abandonment
-Chapter Seven: Opium
-Chapter Eight: Neglect
PART THREE: PSYCHOLOGICAL INFANTICIDE: A PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SYNTHESIS
-Chapter Nine: Eclipse: The Alchemy of the Non-existent self
-Chapter Ten: Minnie Dean and a Poetics of Engagement
-Chapter Eleven: Solutio: The Alchemy of Drowning and the ‘Trauma-world’
-Chapter Twelve: Conversations in the Dark
-Minnie Dean – A Brief Chronology of Events
“Haunted: the Death Mother Archetype is a wonder of a book. Dr. Sherwood’s impeccable scholarship undergirds a transformative dance between the imaginative capacity of soul, and the harsh realities embedded in her subject matter.”
Dr. Violet Sherwood is a Jungian-inspired psychotherapist, poet, and author.
She lives in the beautiful seaside community of Whaingaroa Raglan in New Zealand, where she practices psychotherapy, teaches qigong, and walks on the wild west coast beaches.