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Religion in Psychodynamic Perspective : The Contributions of Paul W. Pruyser - P. W. Pruyser

Religion in Psychodynamic Perspective

The Contributions of Paul W. Pruyser

Hardcover Published: 15th August 1991
ISBN: 9780195062342
Number Of Pages: 254

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At his death in 1987, Paul W. Pruyser of the Menninger Foundation was widely recognized as one of America's foremost authorities on the psychology of religion. His book A Dynamic Psychology of Religion set the stage for creative dialogue on the subject. In this volume, two leading practitioners in the field present a compilation of Pruyser's seminal articles, providing an overview of the major themes in Pruyser's thought. Newton Malony and Bernard Spilka evaluate Pruyser's viewpoint and suggest how his position continues to influence the psychology of religion.

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"A welcome addition to the literature on psychoanalysis and religion. Pruyser would have to be ranked among the major contributors to the dialogue between religion and psychology in our time."--Theological Studies "A most valuable insight into psychological aspects of religious experience and religious function, and future prospects for the psychological study of religion."--Church Times "His chief contribution in these essays is to be found in his exposition of the pertinence of psychoanalysis to a critical review of religious phenomena. This is no small achievement, because the ignorance of psychoanalysts on matters of religion is only equalled by the ignorance of psychoanalysis on the part of the faithful. Both might profit from Pruyser's conscientious inquiries."--Psychoanalytic Quarterly "Dr. Pruyser was one of the foremost contemporary contributors to the psychology of religion; and clinical psychologist that he was, his work was of interest far beyond the relatively small circle of persons actively interested in the psychology of religion. This collection of papers will certainly have immediate appeal to a variety of audiences."--David Wulff, Wheaton College "Simply put, there is no person who was held in more esteem in the psychodynamic study of religion than Paul Pruyser. His work is of immense and continuing importance."--Ralph Hood, University of Tennessee "A welcome addition to the literature on psychoanalysis and religion. Pruyser would have to be ranked among the major contributors to the dialogue between religion and psychology in our time."--Theological Studies "A most valuable insight into psychological aspects of religious experience and religious function, and future prospects for the psychological study of religion."--Church Times "His chief contribution in these essays is to be found in his exposition of the pertinence of psychoanalysis to a critical review of religious phenomena. This is no small achievement, because the ignorance of psychoanalysts on matters of religion is only equalled by the ignorance of psychoanalysis on the part of the faithful. Both might profit from Pruyser's conscientious inquiries."--Psychoanalytic Quarterly "Dr. Pruyser was one of the foremost contemporary contributors to the psychology of religion; and clinical psychologist that he was, his work was of interest far beyond the relatively small circle of persons actively interested in the psychology of religion. This collection of papers will certainly have immediate appeal to a variety of audiences."--David Wulff, Wheaton College "Simply put, there is no person who was held in more esteem in the psychodynamic study of religion than Paul Pruyser. His work is of immense and continuing importance."--Ralph Hood, University of Tennessee "Provocative, instructive and helpful essays."--The Christian Century "An excellent selection of many of Pruyser's key essays on psychology and religion. The introductory 'appreciation' of Pruyser the man makes the book especially valuable."--Robert Segal, Louisiana State University "This collection of papers is of great importance for all researchers in the religious sciences, for human scientists as well as for theologians."--Journal of Empirical Theology

An Appreciation of Paul Pruyserp. 3
Introductionp. 21
A Psychological View of Religion in the 1970sp. 23
Contemporary Religious Beliefsp. 45
The Seamy Side of Current Religious Beliefsp. 47
Narcissism in Contemporary Religionp. 66
Religious Functionp. 83
Religion in the Psychiatric Hospital: A Reassessmentp. 85
Anxiety, Guilt, and Shame in the Atonementp. 99
Methods for Studying Religionp. 117
Assessment of the Patient's Religious Attitudes in the Psychiatric Case Studyp. 119
Psychoanalytic Method in the Stud" of Religious Meaningsp. 141
Religious Dynamicsp. 153
Psychological Roots and Branches of Beliefp. 155
Forms and Functions of the Imagination in Religionp. 170
Conclusionp. 189
Where Do We Go From Here? Scenarios for the Psychology of Religionp. 191
The Pruyser Legacy for the Psychology of Religionp. 205
Bibliography of the Writings of Paul W. Pruyser, Ph.D.p. 217
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780195062342
ISBN-10: 0195062345
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 15th August 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.83  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.48

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