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Mystical Moments and Unitive Thinking / Edition 1
     

Mystical Moments and Unitive Thinking / Edition 1

by Dan Merkur
 

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ISBN-10: 0791440648

ISBN-13: 9780791440643

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Provides an alternative to the traditional psychoanalytic explanation of mystical experience by viewing unitive thinking as a line of cognitive development and mystical moments as creative inspirations on unitive ideas.

Merkur proposes an alternative to the traditional psychoanalytic explanation of mystical experiences as regression to the solipsism of

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Provides an alternative to the traditional psychoanalytic explanation of mystical experience by viewing unitive thinking as a line of cognitive development and mystical moments as creative inspirations on unitive ideas.

Merkur proposes an alternative to the traditional psychoanalytic explanation of mystical experiences as regression to the solipsism of earliest infancy. He does this by viewing unitive thinking as a line of cognitive development, and mystical moments as creative inspirations on unitive topics. Utilizing classical self-reports by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim mystics, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and modern Western peak experiences, Merkur argues that experiences of mystical union are manifestations of a broader category of psychological processes that manifest in scientific and moral thought, as well as in mysticism. Unconscious as well as conscious, unitive thinking is sometimes realistic and sometimes fantastic, in patterns that are consistent with cognitive development in general. Mystical moments of unitive thinking may be considered moments of creative inspiration that happen to make use of unitive ideas. Building on the psychoanalytic object-relations theory that the self is always in relationship with an object, Merkur argues that the solipsism of some varieties of mystical union always implies unconscious ideas of a love object who is transcendent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791440643
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Some Varieties of Mystical Union

2. Unitive Experience and Unitive Thinking

3. A Theory of Unitive Experiences

4. Unity, the Transcendent, and Death

5. Unity as Metaphor

6. Euphoria and Desolation

7. The Integration of Spirituality

8. The Meaning of Miracles

9. A Theory of Revelation

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Index

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