BOOKS BY DIANNE BRADEN
THE FIRESIDE CHATS WITH HAL AND SIDRA STONE
by Hal Stone, Ph.D., & Sidra Stone, Ph.D.,
Editing & reflections by Dianne Braden, M.A., Jungian Analyst
The Fireside Chats with Hal and Sidra Stone, by Hal Stone, Ph.D., and Sidra Stone, Ph.D., Editing and reflections by Dianne Braden, M.A., Jungian Analyst is a book of the future if you’re interested in tools and thoughtss that enhance your relationships, your analytic work and your connections to a larger community. If your patients talk about their relationships (and whose don’t!) and you’ve avoided couple’s work in your practice in the past, this book gives you a unique opportunity to enter into another way of thinking about what Jung understood at the end of his life:
… I falter before the task of finding the language which might adequately express the incalculable paradoxes of love. “Eros” is a “kosmogonos”, a creator and mother-father of all higher consciousness … we are in the deepest sense … the instruments of cosmogonic love… (MDR)
In content, this is a book about relationship as teacher. The Stones' work rests on the understanding that consciousness can be as available as turning to the person you are with and asking yourself what you can learn by being with them. In form, this is a series of intimate dialogues recorded at the event of the same name in 2009 in Mendocino, California. Edited and reflected upon by Dianne Braden, Jungian analyst, this stands as a chance to witness personal and spontaneous conversation with Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone, originators of the Psychology of Selves and the Aware Ego Process. Presented in a tone and attitude that makes it possible to feel like you’re present to the meeting itself, Dianne Braden offers an experience of connection with, and appreciation of, these psycho-spiritual elders who teach what they live. Psychologists both, their collective professional experience spans six decades of working at depth with individuals, couples and groups.
Offering a rare opportunity to engage with their mature thought and reflections, the Stones share their thoughts about the process of aging in relationship, how death and dying can be handled consciously, psycho-spiritual growth, and the gift of working with dreams. Solidly dovetailing with Jungian thought and other psychological trends (Hal Stone was a former president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and Sidra Stone was the executive director of an innovative residential treatment center for adolescent girls) their combined perspectives span multiple therapies, decades, and thoughts about the evolution of consciousness.