Psychoanalysis Encounters Religion

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 70–71. Reviews the book, Object Relations Theory and Religion: Clinical Applications edited by Mark Finn and John Gartner (1992). In this edited collection, aptly subtitled Clinical Applications, a group of psychodynamically oriented practitioners pursues many of the topics associated with bringing the subject of religion into the clinical setting. These diverse chapters are tied together by the conviction that the developments within psychoanalysis that have moved away from the drive theory of Sigmand Freud toward object relational and self-psychological paradigms have opened up the possibility of new, and perhaps more empathic, approaches to religion. This collection is unique not only in arguing on theoretical grounds for a new direction in the psychoanalytic study of religion but also in illustrating its clinical usefulness by exploring specific samples of religious material in concrete clinical settings This makes it a must for the clinician interested in religious issues. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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