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Psychology as Religion : The Cult of Self-Worship :  The Cult of Self-Worship - Paul C. Vitz

Psychology as Religion : The Cult of Self-Worship

The Cult of Self-Worship

Paperback Published: March 1995
ISBN: 9780802807250
Number Of Pages: 191

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Paul Vitz delivers a trenchant analysis of modern psychology -- an enterprise he maintains has become a religion, a secular cult of self, now part of the problem of modern life rather than part of its resolution. Examining psychology through scientific, philosophical, ethical, economic, social, and religious spectacles, Professor Vitz condemns the self-worshipping, narcissistic, and destructive character of modern psychology.

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The Major Theoristsp. 1
Carl Jungp. 2
Erich Frommp. 4
Carl Rogersp. 7
Abraham Maslowp. 10
Rollo May and Existential Philosophyp. 11
Self-Theory for Everybodyp. 15
Self-Esteemp. 15
The Self-Serving Biasp. 20
Encounter Groupsp. 22
Recovery Groupsp. 24
Self-Helpersp. 25
est and Forump. 26
Self-Help Sexp. 28
Selfism as Bad Sciencep. 32
Psychiatry, Biology, and Experimental Psychologyp. 33
Are We Intrinsically All That Good?p. 42
From a Philosophical Point of Viewp. 47
A Question of Definitionsp. 47
The Empty Selfp. 49
A Basic Contradictionp. 51
Browning's Critiquep. 54
Ethical and Scientific Misrepresentationsp. 55
Selfism and the Familyp. 57
The Isolated Individualp. 57
Self-Theory and Divorcep. 59
Parents as the Source of Our Troublesp. 60
Christianity and the Familyp. 65
Self-Theory and the Schoolsp. 68
Values Clarificationp. 68
Self-Theory Againp. 70
A Philosophical Critiquep. 72
A Critique of Procedures and Strategiesp. 74
Research Evaluating Values Clarificationp. 76
A Violation of Privacy Critiquep. 78
Why Has Values Clarification Been So Popular?p. 81
Conclusion: Why Values Clarification Must Be Rejectedp. 82
Selfism and Today's Societyp. 84
A Creed for the Youth and Yuppie Culturep. 84
A Nation of Victimsp. 85
Selfism and Languagep. 87
Psychology for a Consumer Societyp. 89
Selfism and Christianity: Historical Antecedentsp. 95
Feuerbachp. 95
American Sourcesp. 97
Fosdick and Pealep. 99
Pietismp. 103
The Special Case of Carl Rogersp. 105
Psychology and the New Age Movementp. 111
Social and Economic Support for New Agep. 115
Psychological Origins of New Agep. 117
New Age as a New Gnosticismp. 121
New Age Spirituality: From Psychological to Spiritual Self-Worshipp. 123
A Christian Critiquep. 126
Selfism as Idolatryp. 126
The Problem of Depressionp. 130
The Problem of the Human Doormatp. 131
Christian Love and Selfist Lovep. 132
Creativity and the Creatorp. 138
The Nature of Sufferingp. 139
A Political Responsep. 142
The Problem for Psychologyp. 142
The Problem for Christianityp. 144
Beyond the Secular Selfp. 151
The Bias in Being "Objective"p. 151
The Object's Revengep. 154
The Dilemma of Existential Narcissismp. 155
Escape from the Selfp. 158
A New Christian Future?p. 163
The End of Modern Heroismp. 163
The Failure of Careerismp. 164
The Tribalist Temptationp. 166
The Emerging Opportunityp. 167
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9780802807250
ISBN-10: 0802807259
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 191
Published: March 1995
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 2

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