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Does God Help? : Developmental and Clinical Aspects of Religious Belief - Salman Akhtar

Does God Help?

Developmental and Clinical Aspects of Religious Belief

By: Salman Akhtar (Editor), Henri Parens (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9780765703194
Number Of Pages: 366

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'At long last there is a book that brings the issue of religious belief into the consulting room. Deliberately avoiding the one debate about whether or not God exists, the editors have marshaled papers that take seriously the fact that patients are affected by their religious convictions. Experts on Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam refract the clinical process through the prisms of these religions, and commentaries on their papers are offered by distinguished psychoanalysts who provide vigorous challenges and supplementary visions. Therapists will be informed by reading this book and will find their understanding of patients enriched.' --David M. Sachs

At long last there is a book that brings the issue of religious belief into the consulting room. Deliberately avoiding the one debate about whether or not God exists, the editors have marshaled papers that take seriously the fat that patients are affected by their religious convictions. Experts on Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam refract the clinical process through the prisms of these religions, and commentaries on their papers are offered by distinguished psychoanalysts who provide vigorous challenges and supplementary visions. Therapists will be informed by reading this book and will find their understanding of patients enriched.--David M. Sachs, M.D., training and supervisory analyst, Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Is God a Subject for Psychoanalysis?p. 1
Does God Help? What God? Helping Whom? The Convolutions of Divine Helpp. 19
The God Representation and the Inner Dialogue as Transitional Phenomena: Discussion of Rizzuto's Chapter, "Does God Help? What God? Helping Whom? The Convolutions of Divine Help"p. 53
So Help Me God! Do I Help God or Does God Help Me?p. 75
Does God Help Me or Do I Help God or Neither?: Discussion of Meissner's Chapter, "So Help Me God! Do I Help God or Does God Help Me?"p. 127
Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Sacred Hindu Text, the Bhagavad Gitap. 153
God Playing Psychoanalyst: Some Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita: Discussion of Reddy's Chapter, "Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Sacred Hindu Text, the Bhagavad Gita"p. 177
Three Archaic Contributions to the Religious Instinct: Awe, Mysticism, and Apocalypsep. 197
A to Z: Awe, Cabalism, and Zohar: Discussion of Ostow's Chapter, "Three Archaic Contributions to the Religious Instinct: Awe, Mysticism, and Apocalypse"p. 235
The Median: Islamic Faith and Mental Healthp. 253
A Matter of Faith: Discussion of Ad-Dab'bagh's Chapter, "The Median: Islamic Faith and Mental Health"p. 291
God and the Unconscious: Eternal Antonymies or Long Lost Twins?: Concluding Reflectionsp. 321
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780765703194
ISBN-10: 076570319X
Series: Margaret S. Mahler
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 1st June 2001
Publisher: JASON ARONSON INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.56