Psychomagic (psychotherapy)

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Psychomagic is the name of a therapeutic practice used by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The technique is alleged to be useful in psychotherapy. It combines art, Eastern philosophies (particularly Zen Buddhism), mysticism and modern psychotherapy to allegedly heal patients with emotional problems. The principle relies on the belief that the unconscious mind takes a symbolic act as a fact. So a symbolic act could accordingly help solve some types of nonrational conflicts. These acts are prescribed by the therapist after having studied the patient's personality and family tree. This practice is shown in the documentary film Quantum Men, starring Cristobal (Axel), son of Alejandro, and directed by Carlos Serrano Azcona.


  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (2010), Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy, Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, ISBN 978-1-59477-336-5.
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (2001), La danza de la realidad, Madrid: Ediciones Siruela, S.A. ISBN 84-7844-735-0.
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (2005), Psicomagia, Madrid: Ediciones Siruela, S.A. ISBN 84-7844-780-6.
  • David Britland, Chan Canasta - A Remarkable Man, pub. by Martin Breese

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